Survey Reveals Childcare Should Be Shared Equally Between Couples

A survey carried by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ahead of the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has revealed a marked move away from the old attitude that the bulk of childcare should fall to the mother. The findings are as follows: 53% of those questioned said that childcare should be the… Read full story

4Children Survey Reveals Financial Strain Of Childcare

A national survey of 1,000 parents of children aged between 0-16 has revealed that 18% of parents paying for childcare are considering reducing their hours at work, or giving up their job altogether. The survey also revealed that 28% of the same parents will be cutting back on treats to save money. 16% also admit… Read full story

CBI Proposes A Number of Measures To Help Boost UK Living Standards

The CBI is calling on the Government to offer immediate help to boost living standards by raising the threshold when employees pay National Insurance and expanding free childcare to one and two year-olds. The CBI will launch a new report today at its annual conference in London - A better off Britain. The business group… Read full story

Annual Survey From Nannytax Gives An Updated Insight Into The UK’s Nannies

The latest research from Nannytax, the UK’s leading payroll service for nanny employers, reveals that 77.3% of the UK’s professional nanny workforce is British. They are also mature, with 55.2% aged 30 or over - compared to 1.2 per cent under 20. The research surveyed on-line over 1000 people including nannies, families employing a nanny… Read full story

4Children Patron Cherie Blair CBE Writes Essay on Modern Motherhood

Cherie Blair CBE, as Patron of the charity 4Children, has written an essay about how life has changed for many families over the last 30 years especially around women in the workplace. A series of essays will be published this year as the charity commemorates its 30th anniversary. The essays can be viewed here   Read full story

IPPR Report Reveals Increase in Working Mothers As Breadwinners

The Institute of Public Policy And Research (IPPR) yesterday released research that reveals that over 2.2 million working mothers are now breadwinners, an increase of 1 million since 1996/97. The report suggests that almost one in three of all working mothers with dependent children are the primary breadwinner in their family The findings confirm the… Read full story

Government Publishes Plan To Improve Supply Of Affordable Childcare

The government published its plan yesterday to improve the supply of affordable childcare. The report ‘More affordable childcare’, sets out the government’s plans to improve the supply of affordable childcare for working parents. The cost of childcare is often cited as a barrier for women remaining in the workforce, returning to work either after maternity… Read full story

Childcare – A Priority We Still Cannot Get Right

The issue of childcare was certainly in the news last week both at UK and European level. Although we perform well relative to our European neighbours by reaching our targets for childcare provision, the Coalition’s latest idea to reduce the cost for families finally hit the buffers after loud opposition. Earlier in the week The… Read full story

TV Company betty Is Seeking Mums For Factual Drama

Hiring a nanny or an au pair can be a great solution to returning to work and ensuring your kids receive high-quality childcare. But, with an industry that’s largely unregulated sometimes you can end up with someone unsuitable for your family… betty are keen to hear your experiences. Betty are looking for real life stories… Read full story