childcare

Spread your wings little bird

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery
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Given that it is the time of year when many children are starting nursery for the first time I wanted to write about how it feels for Mum (or Dad but I’m using Mum because I am one) watching their little bird spread their wings into a whole new world. In the name of research I ...

Children’s Activities – how much should we schedule for them?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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Last week as I was rushing from a dance pick up to a football drop off all with a toddler in tow, I thought about all the activities that my children undertake and whether all this is really beneficial for them (for all of us!)? We contacted Dr Annika and Dr Natalie, child psychologists at ...

Childcare – more for less

by ParentalChoice
in 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 ...

Stranger Danger

by ParentalChoice
in safety, Parenting, children's safety, Children, Childcare
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Stranger danger is a strong term that means the same to all of us, the risk of harm to our children from people that they don’t know. Almost all of us teach it to our young in some way from an early age along with other obvious safety lessons such as fire can burn and ...

Family Friendly UK

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Parenting, Flexible working, Childcare, Career
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Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the Parental Choice Family Friendly UK survey. The results were very interesting and indicative of a growing discontent with the growing cost of childcare and its availability in the UK. Whilst overall respondents thought that the UK, in general, ...

Family and Childcare Trust: Family Friendly Week (20 -27 October)

by ParentalChoice
in Family, Childcare
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  The Family and Childcare Trust aims to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life. Parental Choice spoke to Anand Shukla, chief executive of the Family and Childcare Trust, about Family...