childcare

Cutting the Cost of Childcare

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Parenting, Childcare, Career
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As any Parent who has looked at childcare will know, it is expensive.  Parents can spend up to 45% of their disposable income on childcare and after housing it is the second largest cost for a household. Naturally there are regional variations across the country, with the north being typically lowest in cost and the ...

What makes a successful international relocation?

by ParentalChoice
in Relocation, Moving house, Global Mobility, Family Friendly Companies, Europe, Employee Benefits, Children, Childcare, Brexit
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Last week The Guardian reported that nearly one third of British companies are either considering, or actively planning on, relocating their business operations abroad because of Brexit. What makes a successful international relocation for the thousands of people behind these headline-grabbing statistics? The logistics involved in ...

Getting employee benefits right for parents and carers

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits, Elderly care, Career
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It is growing more important that businesses get employee benefits right for parents and carers. When a working parent, or someone with caring responsibilities is at work, we all assume they are firing on all cylinders. And to be honest, most of the time we are! However, there are often unseen reasons from family life ...

Childcare – more for less

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Financial Planning, Childcare
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When I was originally asked to write this article on the theme of “doing more with less”, the first thing that sprang to mind, given that I am a mother of three children, was getting the most you can where childcare is concerned. It’s never been more relevant than now when most families are feeling ...

Starting Nursery – how to prepare your child

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, starting pre-school, Moving house, Family, Children, Childcare
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Starting nursery school is a big step for both children and their parents.  For many it will be the first time they have regular and substantial separation from each other and in addition it marks the beginning of the child’s path towards increasing independence. This often gives rise to mixed feelings in both: children have ...

Being a New Working Mum – tips and advice

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, Parenting, New mum
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Being a new mum isn’t easy; being a new working mum is even harder so Parental Choice asked Luciana Andreoni, working mum at a leading cosmetics company, for her thoughts, tips and advice: “As I finished my last Zone visit before going on maternity leave, nothing felt easier than looking after a baby. The year leading ...