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[ 30 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]

If your child is starting school for the first time, an eye test can help pick up any problems before they miss out in the class room. And for every other school child who has grown over the summer, remember that eyes change and grow too! Every child is entitled to a free NHS eye test. Have a look at this infographic to find out more.

This information is provided by ABDO, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Find out more about eyes at eyecareFAQ on Twitter, Facebook and G+. There are all sorts of …

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[ 20 Aug 2013 | No Comment ]
New books out now: Journey Through Assesment and Food and SEN Children

I just got an exciting package through the post last week: it’s the advance copies for my new books which come out at the end of the month. Find out more about each book here if you’re feeling impatient – it looks like Amazon has the first one in stock already.
The Journey Through Assessment: Help for Parents with a Special Needs Child
Food and Your Special Needs Child

business, childcare, house and home, work »

[ 16 Jul 2013 | No Comment ]
work life graphic

As announced in April’s Budget statement, the Government proposes to introduce a new childcare voucher system from 2015. Yet research* from Jelf Employee Benefits found that over a third (36%) of employers who currently offer a childcare voucher scheme are considering scrapping their existing scheme long before the replacement system is finalised or available. We’ve been using childcare vouchers since K started nursery and they must have saved us hundreds of pounds. Jelf is concerned that such a decision by employers may, in extreme circumstances, force some employees to re-evaluate whether …

childcare, cooking mums, Headline, holidays, house and home »

[ 29 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
pizza 5

What can I do mum? Mum, I’m bored?
If that sounds like your house this week, set the kids to work! The older your children get, the more able they are to help spread the load over the holidays. Ask your child to help make lunch and you may get more moans. Show them a recipe and say, “Do you want to try making this?” and you may find that lunch is made for you!
We were asked to review a recipe for Great British Chefs and chose the Pizza Hearts recipe. …

childcare, education, Headline, retraining »

[ 26 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Have you thought about retraining since you’ve had children? Many mums consider a career in childcare for several reasons. You may be more interested in children since you had your own, and / or keen to find a career that fits in with school hours. Read on to find out more.
If you have thought about a career in childcare, you may want to check out your local Early Years unit, part of your local authority. They may offer courses to help you get started as a childminder, at little  or …

benefits, childcare, Headline, house and home »

[ 21 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
Budget Chilcare Infographic

Are you confused by what the budge means for you? One of the big bits of news if that the Government will be contributing 20% of childcare costs for working families.
And in a bid to make it easy to understand, HM Treasury have created a childcare_infographic so you can see the whole thing in pictures – there’s part of it shown here, but follow the link for the whole thing as it is long!
Key points:

nothing will change until Autumn 2015.
the rebate is per child, so one child families get up to £1200, two child …

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[ 4 Feb 2013 | 15 Comments ]

… And how many children do you think a nursery worker can care for?
The Government has proposed to increase the ratios in day care so a nursery worker can look after up to 4 under twos – currently the limit is 3 – and up to 6 two year olds, rather than the current limit of four.
Personally, I’m not sure it is a great idea. Children benefit from developing relationships with their carers. When I settled D for the first time in nursery around 10 years ago, it was important …

business mums news, childcare, Headline, mumpreneurs »

[ 12 Nov 2012 | No Comment ]
Antonia Chitty 2011 Green 200x300

For many mums, the main reason for starting a business is to be able to spend more time with their families. But it’s very hard to run a business as mum to under-fives with no childcare at all. Fortunately, if you run a flexible business you can be more flexible with your childcare choices than most employees. Here are some helpful suggestions:

You can choose to do a proportion of your work in the evening when the children are in bed, or some during the day if they nap. This cuts …

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[ 2 Nov 2012 | No Comment ]
family friendly working ideas

In Europe parents spend an average of 13% of salaries on childcare costs, ranging from 5% in Sweden and 27% in the UK. We have a problem in the UK that needs remedying. We know that women’s careers are  often stunted when they take part-time work after childbirth (and they get paid a whole lot less on average as part-time usually equates to lower status) and we also know there’s no evidence that children whose mothers work are no worse off than children whose mammas are available to them around …

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[ 27 Sep 2012 | No Comment ]

Finding the right nursery for your child can be difficult and stressful. There are so many things to think about and questions to ask. The secret is to start early, at least three to six months in advance, give yourself plenty of time. Here are Liz Debenham’s top tips:

Search online through directories like Childcare Directory to find childcare in your local area.
Ask friends and other parents about their experiences. The best recommendation is word of mouth.
Think about the nursery location and getting there in the rush hour, you don’t want …