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Family Charity Ask You To Make One Change To Improve Your Family Life

Make One Change Monday 21 – Sunday 27 October Change for the better often happens by taking small steps. The Family and Childcare Trust’s theme this year is about the ONE change parents, businesses, employers and childcare providers could make to...

Posted on 22 October 2013

Make the most of harvest food

Make the most of your fruit and veg with these 5 tasty havest treats: 1. Tasty vegetable lasagne , stew and chilli can be cooked now and any leftovers frozen in airtight containers. Defrost food in the fridge, use within 24 hours and cook...

Posted on 14 November 2013

Cutting food waste away from home

When you eat food out do you ever find you’ve got some left on your plate and think ‘what a waste’? It’s estimated that more than 900,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year in the UK hospitality and food service industry. That’s...

Posted on 10 December 2013

Webinar: Spending time with your family when you have no time

Join the webinar to learn how manage your family time View it anytime, on demand in Working Parents Zone . You may often feel that there's always too much to do - and never quite enough time to do it. Join our webinar ‘Spending time with your fami...

Posted on 01 May 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

How to entertain your children on a long journey

Are you looking forward to your summer holiday but not the journey there?  Thought so.  I too am one of the 62% of parents who confess to being happier without their children in the car and one of the 43% that admit to feeling anxious, irritable o...

Posted on 10 July 2015

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

Parental leave extended to grandparents

Returning to work after having a baby is tough for new parents, especially if there are money worries about the cost of childcare. In April 2015, shared parental leave was implemented, allowing both parents to share up to 52 weeks of leave, not ju...

Posted on 28 October 2015

When do you tell your kids the truth about Santa Claus?

Christmas is a long awaited, exciting time of year for children. From their first birthday to primary school age, they most likely believe in Santa and his reindeer. But there comes a time when they’re becoming more mature and may have heard rumou...

Posted on 07 December 2017

Understanding how to be your child’s ‘emotions coach’

As a parent, you have a central role in helping your child learn and develop essential skills. It's not easy sometimes helping your child learn how to tolerate frustration, or learn how to calm down and behave acceptably in society. The best way f...

Posted on 19 November 2018

Shared Parental Leave – One Year On

Shared Parental Leave is celebrating its first birthday this month.  The idea behind the initiative was to enable parents to share work and childcare responsibilities more equally than was possible under previous maternity leave rules. To what...

Posted on 11 April 2016

Why it isn’t all about the kids

When was the last time you put your needs over that of your children? Do you spend your free time pursuing interests that keep you happy, healthy and sane or is that time spent largely on your child, driving them from one activity to the next,...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Are your kids eating healthy without you?

Getting children enjoying healthy food from an early age is the way to help them eat well for the rest of their lives. But how can you tell if your child is getting a healthy meal when you’re not there?  Well the good news is that school meals hav...

Posted on 28 September 2016

Hassle free children’s birthday parties

When it comes to a big celebration, some parents thrive on planning, decorating and hosting. Others - myself included - want to make birthdays as fuss-free as possible. Whatever your preference, it's clear from talking with other parents that many...

Posted on 25 April 2018

Trick or Treat: The Parent Hub guide to Halloween

Halloween is one of the most eagerly anticipated sugar mining opportunities for children. This year, (in addition to managing sugar consumption, dreaming up costume and party ideas) many parents are concerned about older children trick or treating...

Posted on 19 October 2016

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Ideas for low cost, high impact summer holiday childcare

With the school holidays in full swing the search is on for low cost, high impact childcare. We’ve done the legwork to provide you with a comprehensive guide to summer holiday childcare options to accommodate all budgets and age ranges from four t...

Posted on 15 August 2017

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

‘Staving off the Winter Blues’ / Keeping the family healthy and happy throughout the winter months

As the clocks go back and the autumn draws in, here’s the latest thinking on how to stay energised as the colder months take hold. Launch a three-pronged attack on your family’s exercise, diet and sleep routines to keep everyone bright-eyed and...

Posted on 03 November 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

Critical Thinking

Enhance your child’s educational development with critical thinking skills Fake news, email scams, a workplace dominated by artificial intelligence these are just some of the reasons we need to ensure our children can think for themselves, with a...

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

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

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

Life’s so unfair: a parent’s guide to the teenage brain

Some days, it takes the patience of a saint to parent a self-centered, moody and seemingly lazy teenager. In a nanosecond their mood can flip from one extreme to the other. What is going on with them? - And how should parents react? We’ve gathered...

Posted on 23 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

The stigma and the joys of Shared Parental Leave

Hey dads, did you know that you’re allowed to share 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with your partner after you have a baby, thanks to Shared Parental Leave (SPL)? And did you know you’ve been able to do this since April 2015? If you didn’t,...

Posted on 10 April 2018

Fortnite: Battle Royale – Harmless gaming craze or something to worry about?

Say “Fortnite” to any child over the age of eight, and the chances are that the reaction will be much more than a flicker of recognition. If that child isn’t already playing the game, then a friend probably is. Since its launch in September 2017,...

Posted on 24 April 2018

Support from day one – can continuity of care in pregnancy make a difference?

“Continuity of care could potentially save 700 babies’ lives a year,” said Jeremy Hunt MP as he announced plans in March to provide mothers in England with the reassurance of seeing the same NHS midwife through pregnancy and labour. The new plans...

Posted on 24 April 2018

The Benefits and Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping with your child; is it a vital bonding experience for parents and their children? Or is it dangerous and to be avoided at all costs? What is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping can refer to a number of set-ups including placing a cot alongside yo...

Posted on 08 May 2018

11 Tips for a Successful First Residential Trip

Between the ages nine and eleven, your child will probably embark on a school residential trip. These trips, which involve a couple of nights away, are considered a rite of passage and a way to introduce your child to various aspects of spending...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

We all know the drill when it comes to British summer time – the second the sun shows its face you cannot hesitate for a moment; get out and absorb that vitamin D! There’s no better way to bask in the summer sun than with a family picnic. Here are...

Posted on 18 May 2018

The Importance of Dads

It’s nearly Father’s Day, which prompts us all to remember the dads in our lives. Of course, many children now have a different experience than the traditional model of fathers coming home from work late, watching TV, and waiting for mum to call f...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Seven Tips to Alleviate Sibling Rivalry

When your kids argue, do you feel like the referee? If you are blessed with more than one child, then it won’t be a surprise to you that siblings bicker, pester and fight once in a while. Siblings don’t get along all the time. But when is it too...

Posted on 01 June 2018

The difficulties of being a new dad

There is no denying that being a new mum is incredibly physically and mentally challenging. However research has shown that many dads can struggle with issues like postnatal depression too. Some feel they cannot reach out for help, finding that...

Posted on 18 June 2018

How to stop the summer brain drain

Does the idea of making your children do schoolwork over the holidays fill you with dread or do you see it as an opportunity to hone in on any learning gaps? For many, school work and tutoring over the summer can sometimes seem like an unpleasant...

Posted on 04 July 2018

Prioritising you: A guide to healthy, stress-less parenting

“I simply don’t have any time to myself”, comments a busy mum, rushing her child to the park with a buggy full of shopping. We’ve all been there. The kids are busy and they are getting busier. The food lists are growing and so is the washing pile....

Posted on 25 July 2018

Parent or friend; can you be both?

Can parents really be friends with their children? Or is it better to be the ‘best’ mother or father you can, and leave being their ‘best’ friend to their actual friends? We’re not going to pretend there’s an easy answer; unfortunately there isn’t...

Posted on 01 August 2018

Summer holiday fun for all ages

The summer holidays can be difficult enough to keep filled with fun activities – but what if you have a range of ages to deal with as well? Mixing toddlers, kids and pre-teen options can fill many parents with dread, but we think some good ol’...

Posted on 17 August 2018

Tips for being a green parent

You may have noticed the recent flurry of activity on your favourite social media feed on the use of plastic straws. Straws, and single-use plastic in general, are the latest environmental case to make big headlines as people and businesses scramb...

Posted on 17 August 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

Getting the family school-ready

Whether they’ve started a new school, moved up to primary or secondary school , or even just moved up a year, this time often brings about a mixture of excitement and nerves for both children and parents. The fear of the unknown can be daunting bu...

Posted on 18 September 2018

Spooky Halloween family fun

From the ghastly and ghoulish to the frightfully fun, there are several ways to get involved with Halloween activities this month. Museums, parks and town centres are getting into the spooky spirit, hosting parades, arts and crafts markets and eve...

Posted on 22 October 2018

Top 5 favourite parenting blogs

Parenting blogs provide insight and tips from parents on a wide range of topics. There are, of course, a ton of good parenting blogs out there. Below you’ll find a handful of our favourites, covering everything from travelling with kids, adoption...

Posted on 22 October 2018

Seven festive hacks for a stress-free Christmas

Every Christmas season starts like the one before – with decorations, lights and chocolates going on sale before the first of November. The shops are a not-so-subtle reminder of all the stress that can come with this festive time of year. Below ar...

Posted on 19 November 2018

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

It’s the start of a new year, so why not add a few parenting resolutions to your life that might actually stick? Like most resolutions, which are easy to start, our top ten parenting resolutions will help make your life more enjoyable in 2019....

Posted on 17 December 2018