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Back to school, back to work

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, Career
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(with thanks to Helen Letchfield from Parenting for Professionals for this blog) I still remember the nervous excitement of the first day back at school in September after a long, summer break: meeting my new teachers, seeing my classmates after a long break, the (slightly stiff) feeling of the smart new shoes and uniform. And ...

It’s time for nursery or preschool

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery, Family, Childcare
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Off to nursery or preschool Transitioning to or starting a new nursery or preschool can be an unsettling time for both child and parent. Many children are left at nursery as a baby, around the time when separation anxiety kicks in and both parent and child are left feeling bereft, however a few weeks on ...

Call for flexible working for all hits Parliament, but women should still be looking after the children….a juxtaposition?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Uncategorized, Parenting, Flexible working, Childcare
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There were two stories in the press in the last couple of weeks which resonated here at Parental Choice HQ for different reasons.  Firstly, was the great news that a private bill relating to default flexible working for all was bought before Parliament by MP Helen Whatley.  We couldn’t agree more with her statement; “How ...

How to Avoid Brain-Drain During the Summer Holidays

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children, Childcare
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We all know that our children need a break during the summer, so they come back to school refreshed and ready to learn. However, research consistently shows that children can lose up to a third of what they have learned during the holidays. Thanks to Claire Winter and Families® Magazine here are eight great ideas to ...

Are we nearly there yet? A survival guide to holiday car travel

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children
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Summer is here and it’s possible you may be heading away during the holidays. Many families opt to travel to their holiday destinations in the UK or Europe by car which can be economical and also means you can generally take more luggage. The trick is how to survive holiday car travel without things turning ...

School holiday childcare – costs increasing!

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Parenting, Holidays, Childcare
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If like me you have a headache at the thought of where your children will be and with whom over the summer holidays, then the added thought of the soaring cost of school holiday childcare will have you joining me in a darkened room for a lie-down! Unfortunately, here in the South East we are ...