Childcare

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 ...

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 ...

The Schools Appeal Process

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Education, Children, Childcare
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With many parents nervously awaiting the outcome of school applications, this article is aimed at those families who don’t get the decision that they want and provides advice on the schools appeals process. For those parents who have not been through the appeals system, it can seem incredibly daunting with a minefield of informati...

Employment law and payroll update

by ParentalChoice
in Tax and Pensions, Payroll, Parenting, Nannies, Financial Planning, Childcare
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PC Payroll has created this employment law and payroll update. In line with the amendments and updates due to come into effect with the new tax year from April 2019, we thought it would be useful to highlight a few changes that may affect you on the legal and payroll side, in relation to being ...