Government

A Cohesive Education and Childcare System for UK working parents?

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, starting pre-school, schools, Parenting, nursery, Family, Childcare, Career
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It has long been the case that education and schooling sat in one corner whilst childcare, whether pre-school for babies and toddlers or after school and holiday care, sat in another, with parents responsible for finding, organising and, crucially, paying for the latter. Such childcare was and is currently provided by a combination ...

Shared Parental Leave, Time it happened or Waste of time?

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Parenting, Flexible working, Family, Career
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Last week, Jo Swinson, MP and the Minister for Employment Relations, confirmed that the Government’s plans for shared parental leave had come through consultation and were being included in the Children and Families Bill which will come into law in 2015. The aim of the legislation is to overhaul the current “Edwardian” (Nick C...

Flexible Fathers

by ParentalChoice
in Children
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We have noticed a definite change in the last couple of years:  dads are becoming more and more involved in parenting responsibilities, even making changes to their working roles or patterns.  Indeed, we have been seeing more examples of informal flexibility amongst dads, who are keen to gain a better mix of working and parentin...

Employment rights – would you give them up for shares?

by ParentalChoice
in Flexible working, Financial Planning, Family, Childcare, Career
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Back in October we published an article on George Osbournes proposal to allow employers to offer shares to employees in return for sacrifing key employment rights. Amazingly, this week, the House of Lords has backed down in its long battle with the Government over the controversial ‘shares for rights’ scheme, but only after extr...

21st Century Childcare

by ParentalChoice
in Childcare
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The Government needs to invest more in universal support for lower childcare costs rather than ‘skirting around the issue’ by tweaking ratios of childcare workers to children, according to leading childcare expert Yvette Oliver-Mighten. Yvette set up @Home Childcare in 2005, a flexible home childcare and training provid...

Modern Workplaces, Looking to the Future

by ParentalChoice
in Flexible working
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today promised a “properly flexible” system of shared parental leave in Britain by 2015. Announcing  the Governments response to the Modern Workplaces’ consultation Mr Clegg  condemned Britain’s “Edwardian” system that places the burden of childcare on mothers and di...