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Baby Costs Calculator

Did you know that a baby could cost as much as £7,200 or as little as £1,600 in their first year, excluding childcare?  Use the calculator to check how much the essentials could cost you. The costs are only a guide based on our own research. You m...

Posted on 01 June 2012

Know your Consumer rights when buying online

If you buy goods or service online you may have more legal rights. Make sure you know what they are so you can shop with confidence. For further information about your consumer rights and advice on how to complain to an online trader visit Citizen...

Posted on 19 July 2012

Do you know your Consumer rights?

Find out when you are entitled to a repair, replacement or refund. What to do when things go wrong. When you buy any ‘goods’ such as clothes, cars, furniture or electrical items, it’s important to know your legal rights. This information will help...

Posted on 22 October 2012

Buying Energy Efficiency Products

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can be a major investment so don’t feel pressured into agreeing to anything. The Office of Fair Trading has developed this guidance to help you buy energy efficiency products with confidence. You can al...

Posted on 17 January 2013

School fees plans

School fees plans are designed to help parents and guardians pay school fees. They often come with some measure of protection for your investment (referred to as ‘structured plans’) and can be tailored to your individual circumstances and needs. H...

Posted on 20 June 2013

Cradle to School: What are the political parties promising working parents?

Countdown to the General Election 2015 has begun.  As working parents we want to vote for the party that will provide the best opportunities for our children and support family life. Cutting through the spin to work out what each party is promisin...

Posted on 29 April 2015

Warning to parents: employing nannies or other carers may come at a cost

Did you ever imagine when you engaged someone to look after your child that you would become responsible for their tax, NI and now pension? I’ve been talking with parents that directly employ someone to care for their child and have discovered man...

Posted on 01 July 2015

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We would love to hear from you and get your feedback on what you love about Parent Hub. This website was made with you in mind so any comments you have will help us improve for you. If there are an articles or topics you would like to see please g...

Posted on 01 July 2015

5 things you should know about changes to childcare funding

As a working parent you will have experienced first-hand the crippling cost of childcare frequently reported in the news.  Many reduce this cost using Childcare Vouchers (CCV).  Recent planned changes to childcare funding will impact any parent du...

Posted on 23 July 2015

How to teach kids the value of money

How to teach kids the value of money from pocket money to part-time jobs It is important that children recognise the value of money and understand that it is not an unlimited resource which can be blown on one occasion. They can learn how to be...

Posted on 20 September 2017

25 ways to entertain the kids this summer for less

Summer is an exciting time for kids and adults alike, as it often means jetting off to an exotic location on holiday, having some much needed time away from the hum drum of everyday life or making the most of our unpredictable British weather....

Posted on 25 July 2018

Quick and easy homemade Halloween costume ideas for kids

Decking your kids out in the best looking fancy dress for Halloween is every parent’s wish. But with the cost of living high and wages low, it’s easier said than done. All large supermarkets stock various costumes from just £5 and there are also...

Posted on 10 October 2017

Ten tips to help you save money this Christmas

Christmas is coming soon and for families it’s one of the most expensive times of the year. Here are 10 tips to help your money go further this year. 1. Make a list and check it twice . Impulse buying at Christmas is never a good idea for the bank...

Posted on 03 December 2015

Pay your childcare provider with your mobile

If you have Edenred Childcare Vouchers you can easily pay your child carer direct simply using your smartphone, making it even easier for parents to use. Busy mums and dads can quickly access their Childcare Vouchers account on the go, through the...

Posted on 14 January 2016

Schools can help parents make childcare savings

If your child’s school chooses to accept Childcare Vouchers they can help working parents enjoy big savings on their childcare costs, reducing their bill by up to a third. The can be used to pay for out of school clubs These valuable savings are n...

Posted on 27 January 2016

What help can working parents get from the Government?

Working Tax Credits Depending on circumstances and income levels, some families may be able to claim Working Tax Credits. The requirements for Working Tax Credits include being 25 and over or 24 and under but with children or a qualifying...

Posted on 30 August 2016

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work?

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work? With childcare costs rising year on year and wage growth hardly increasing there’s more pressure being put on parents to save money by forgoing the babysitters and afterschool clubs and cutting time ou...

Posted on 21 November 2016

Top tips to a happy summer holiday

Pleasant, carefree family-time to recuperate from a busy academic year. Or a grouchy trip complete with niggles, grumbles and the odd full-blown row? Family summer holidays have their highs and lows, but here are 5 steps to help avoid the pitfalls...

Posted on 04 July 2018

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

Majority of parents want to keep access to Childcare Vouchers

Ninety-eight per cent of parents would like access to Childcare Vouchers to continue alongside the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to a survey by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA). Over half of the 17,000...

Posted on 02 October 2017

Autumn Budget 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: what it means for working families Last week Chancellor Phillip Hammond revealed the Government’s plans for the country’s finances in the 2017 Autumn Budget. But what does the Budget mean for working families? We’ve rounded up...

Posted on 24 November 2017

Hey big spender!

A sobering fact as we head for peak spending season, one in three of us will get into debt over the Christmas period, half of whom will spend the following year paying it off.  This is bad news for many families across the UK already feeling the...

Posted on 07 December 2017

Help keep Childcare Vouchers open

Earlier this year we set out to support a petition to keep Childcare Vouchers open after the 2018 planned closure date and thanks to your contribution in signing and sharing the petition we have now reached over 110,000 signatures! This means that...

Posted on 14 December 2017

Mythbuster: 30 hours free childcare + Childcare Vouchers

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 19 December 2017

Save more money in 2018

Did you know 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? But how about a resolution you can easily keep? Save more money in 2018. There are plenty of really simple ways you can save money on everything from your supermarket shopping to your...

Posted on 05 January 2018

Update on the Childcare Vouchers debate and what you can do to support the campaign

You may have been following our on-going fight to keep Childcare Vouchers open alongside Tax-Free Childcare, to give parents a genuine choice of the financial support that best suits their families’ needs. As things stand, the Government will clos...

Posted on 24 January 2018

Time is running out

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 13 February 2018

Maximise your childcare savings

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 13 February 2018

Childcare Vouchers vs. Tax-Free Childcare – who are the winners?

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 26 February 2018

Help working parents save up to £933/year on childcare – before it’s too late!

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 26 February 2018

Your very last chance to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Here’s why you may be financially better off with Childcare Vouchers

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Cut your costs this Easter break

If the thought of keeping your kids entertained for more than two weeks over Easter sounds daunting and expensive, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our favourite low cost activities and money-saving tips to help you save this Easter! 1.  ...

Posted on 12 March 2018

Childcare Vouchers deadline extended by six months!

Earlier this month the government announced that Childcare Vouchers will remain open to new entrants alongside Tax-Free Childcare for a further 6 months beyond the original April 2018 cut-off. This is all thanks to parents like you who signed the...

Posted on 23 March 2018

Planning for your children’s future

It seems that every week there is another news story about the financial woes of the so-called millennial generation (and how they only have themselves to blame). If this is a continual pattern for future generations, how will your children fare?...

Posted on 01 June 2018

Less than 1 week left to #SaveChildcareVouchers

Due to the roll out of Tax-Free Childcare, the Government will close Childcare Vouchers to new entrants next month on 4th October 2018 . This will also apply to existing users who change employer for any reason – they will not be able to re-join t...

Posted on 17 August 2018

Tips for a thrifty parent

Although the notions of saving money and parenting don’t always go together naturally, we need to save at some point. It’s not always easy to be frugal but there are some amazing stories on the web of family savings to inspire a bit of thriftiness...

Posted on 19 November 2018