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How to succeed as a working parent

A recent report* declared that working parents splash out £2,000 a year on ‘bribes’ for their children as it emerges that four in ten parents spend less than seven hours a week with them.  Half of these parents buy guilt presents for their childre...

Posted on 19 March 2015

What exactly is Shared Parental Leave?

From the 1 st April Shared Parental Leave will become a right for every UK worker. It is the most significant shift towards family-friendly employment rights in many years and should make it easier for both parents to take leave in the early stage...

Posted on 02 April 2015

Want to know more about Childcare Vouchers? Visit Working Parents Zone

Working parents have lots of different types of support available to help them with the growing cost of childcare. Visit Working Parents Zone to discover how your family can save money through employer Childcare Vouchers. Working Parents Zone is a...

Posted on 28 April 2015

From afterschool clubs to extra tuition: Save money on all childcare

Few jobs fall neatly into the school day and school holidays, so most parents require wrap-around care until they are happy with their child being home alone. The good news is you can still use Childcare Vouchers after your child finishes full tim...

Posted on 29 April 2015

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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Posted on 01 July 2015

Help your child to become more independent

Working parents complete on average 26 morning tasks before going to work. These range from making the children’s breakfast and preparing lunchboxes to spelling and reading practice. That’s just the morning shift.  The second shift (dinner,...

Posted on 02 October 2017

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

30 hours free Childcare Q&A

In England 3 and 4 year olds of working parents are already entitled to 15 hours per week of free childcare however the government has plans to increase this to 30 hours per week. When and where?  The scheme was rolled out in September 2016 to 8...

Posted on 26 April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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