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How employers can help working parents beyond flexible working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits
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Real Business magazine has published an article which tackles the issue of flexible working for parents.  It addresses the three main issues faced by working parents:  the cost of childcare, flexible working and impostor syndrome.  It’s a very interesting read and has challenged businesses to demonstrate how they support wo...

Educational toddler activities – ten to try this spring

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell and taste almost everything they encounter and with the start of spring, chances are your kids are eager to try something new and get their hands dirty!   Below, you’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor educational toddler activities to try this spring. They’ll promise fu...

Family garden safety

by ParentalChoice
in Uncategorized, Parenting, Family, children's safety, Children
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With the feeling that spring has most definitely sprung and we all want to get outside with our children Parental Choice is looking at family garden safety. Gardens can be fun places, especially for families. Whether you enjoy planting flowers and vegetables, kicking a ball around, eating or just spending time outside, gardens are ...

TREAT FRIENDS, KIDS THE SAME By Erma Bombeck

by ParentalChoice
in Uncategorized
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‘Treat friends, kids the same’ by Erma Bombeck, teaches us a quick lesson on how we talk to our kids and gives us the chance to reflect on whether it is the way we think we do, or in fact want to speak to them.  Parental Choice discovered this poem following one of our talks ...

2019-20 tax year payroll changes – a Parental Choice Guide

by ParentalChoice
in Tax and Pensions, Payroll
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The new financial year starts on April 6 and we have looked at the 2019-20 tax year payroll changes which will affect you if you are an employer. The STANDARD PERSONAL TAX ALLOWANCE for employees will increase from £11,850 to £12,500; NATIONAL INSURANCE THRESHOLDS will also increase slightly, check out the values here.  AUTO-ENRO...

Employing staff

by ParentalChoice
in Tax and Pensions, Payroll, Employee Benefits
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If it is the first time you are employing staff take a look at our helpful guide for things to consider. Decide how much to pay  You must pay someone at least the minimum wage.  The following table details the current national minimum wage rates and the new levels which are set to increase in ...