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How Does Free Childcare Work

How Does Free Childcare Work

In this year’s budget Chancellor George Osborne announced that working families with three- and four-year-old children will receive 30 hours of free childcare. This doubles the 15 hours parents were previously entitled to and is due to come into effect from September 2017. Current legislation At the moment all parents in England are entitled to

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Emergency childcare for older children

Emergency childcare for older children

Juggling childcare and work can be a bit of challenge at the best of times, but when childcare is required at unexpected moments, things can seem to get a tad complicated. Throw an older child into the mix and you may be inclined to panic. But worry not, because things are simpler than you may

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Should kids go to school if they are sick

Should kids go to school if they are sick

When I was as kid you only ever took time off school if you were really poorly. It was the days before vaccines were commonplace, a good excuse for a week off meant you had measles, or the like. A tummy ache or runny nose simply didn’t cut it. We did try it on of

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Tips for helping your child succeed at school

Tips for helping your child succeed at school

As parents we all want our kids to do well in school. However, we can’t be in the classroom to support them and encourage them to do their best. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a positive influence on kids’ behaviour and achievements while they’re at school. Get to know the school When your

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Childcare options for older children

Childcare options for older children

In the UK there is no law that states what age children can be left home alone. Many kids will be given a front door key when they start secondary school and will let themselves in to wait on their parents coming home from work. However, this isn’t suitable for everyone. Parents with a long

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Grandparents and childcare

Grandparents and childcare

Time-pressed and cash-strapped parents are increasingly looking to the Grandparents as a potential source of free childcare. Recent statistics suggest, as many as 1 in 4 working families depend on it in some form or another. On the face of it, Grandparents are the perfect option, the child knows them, and the parents trust them,

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