Work and career

  • 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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    Thinking Of Starting Your Own Business

    Thinking Of Starting Your Own Business

    Since the start of the financial crisis there has been news story after news story about workers losing their jobs. However, one in six startups are established following redundancy, so while it might seem like a financial nightmare at the time, it could be the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Thousands of people set

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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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    Bullying and harassment at work

    Bullying and harassment at work

    If you’ve ever suffered at the hands of a workplace bully then you will be all too aware of how devastating their actions can be. While workplace nastiness can be overt, it more often manifests itself in subtle ways, that can be hard to pin down and difficult to counter without sounding petty. Self-esteem and

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    Zero Hours Contract

    Zero Hours Contract

    Zero hours contracts are work agreements between an employer and employee, where no minimum level of working hours is guaranteed and the worker does not have to accept any work that is offered to them. The majority of zero hours contracts offer staff ‘worker’ status. This means that they enjoy the same basic employment rights

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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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