Posts Tagged ‘childcare’

Preparing your child for their return to nursery – and a new normal

Sep 02 2020

Being a parent is great fun but also full of challenges and anxieties.  The rise of social media and easy access to everyone’s opinion cannot help as it’s difficult to extract fact from opinion.  Never was this more alive than during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.  It was compounded by the Government guidance continually changing as they discovered new information.

We have about two million families in England with children aged under five, and nearly 87% of them use some form of formal childcare. What did they say about their lockdown.  It is a mixed picture.  Some families loved the experience of lockdown and had a ball, others didn’t do so well.  For some parents’ lockdown started fine but, as the weeks ran into months, pressure soon mounted and they began to burnout.  Parents working from home with small children found it very stressful and said they were exhausted and used the “screen” as a babysitter more than normally to try and get some work done. There were tussles as to the parent roster? Who did more of the childcare? Whose job could be done at night? Whose Zoom call was more pressing?  Double demands if you were a single parent.

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Top 5 Ways To Help Your Au Pair Settle In

Jun 08 2015

Hosting an au pair can be a strange new experience. You will have someone new living in your home and it may take a little time for you to get used to them and for them to get used to you. There are a few simple things you can do to help your new au pair settle into your family and make them feel at ease in their new surroundings.  Here are our top 5 ways to help your Au Pair settle in.

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Children and wedding – Ways to keep children at weddings happy

Apr 17 2014
children at weddings

The wedding season is almost upon us! Regardless of how detailed your wedding planning is, there is one thing you cannot control. And no, I do not mean the weather, because umbrellas can take care of that – I’m referring to having children at weddings. Some brides plan separate games for kids in order to keep them occupied, while some opt out of inviting them all together.

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Childcare Costs Soar by 19% in 12 months

Jan 12 2014

Are we surprised about the rising cost of childcare year on year? I often give interviews to media about this topic which is the single most important issue for families in Britain and I say that mothers (or dads in turns) often decide to stay at home as they cannot afford childcare costs while our European counterparts only pay between the equivalent of £250 to £500 per month per full time childcare per child versus £1500 in London.

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Childcare and the changing needs over time

Aug 19 2013

Finding the right childcare is a rollercoaster ride, it changes direction every few years as your child grows up, or a sibling comes along, and you have to rethink your childcare needs as different childcare is needed at different milestones in your child’s life.

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