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      What leave and flexible working are parents entitled to during the pandemic?

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      Advice by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula With many children set to remain out of school for some time, employers who are trying to return to normal may see an increase in parents struggling with childcare. To this end, they must be familiar with the rights that working parents have. Denying employees […]

      Five things companies need to consider before employees return to the workplace

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      by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula Earlier this week, the UK Government released a roadmap for easing lockdown provisions in England, including instructing workers to go back to work if they cannot feasibly work from home and their workplace is open. It’s important to note, that this does not mean that everything […]

      Aren’t able to relax until after 8.30pm? You’re not alone

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      Busy parents juggling work, chores and children don’t get the chance to relax until 8:39pm. A study of 2,000 mums and dads found keeping the kids entertained, cooking meals and clearing up after the family mean they don’t get to sit down and unwind until late in the evening. Cleaning the kitchen, making sure children are […]

      Remote working: top tips for when you have children at home

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      By Gaelle Blake, UKI Director of Permanent Appointments at Hays With schools closed, working from home with children around is a reality for many parents in these unprecedented times. Many are juggling their own jobs with home learning or full-time childcare which can mean it’s a struggle to know how to support your business and […]

      Do working parents lose out?

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      UK businesses need to do more to help working parents balance their professional lives and family commitments without making staff feel unfairly judged, stressed and anxious. A major new survey of 1,400 working parents by CIPHR.com has revealed that 75% of working parents are suffering from stress and anxiety as a result of trying to […]

      Additional free childcare explained

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      The Government this month introduced additional free childcare hours for working parents, allowing parents of three and four year-old children to get 30 hours of nursery care each week. Are you eligible and how do you apply? You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are: […]

      School breakfast clubs a ‘lifeline’ for working mums

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      New research reveals a third of today’s working British mums would have to give up work if it wasn’t for the support of school breakfast clubs. Describing the mornings as ‘tiring’ and ‘stressful’, just a fifth of working mums and dads claimed they found time to enjoy breakfast with their children, with nearly 60% ranking […]

      How to support your caring workforce

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      The workforce is getting older. There are currently three million working carers – people who combine full time careers with looking after an elderly parent. By 2031 there will be six million. The demographics are startling, but there’s some good news on the horizon, says Ben Black What is that exactly? Employers are becoming more […]

      10 tips for choosing childcare for children with special needs

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      Finding the right childcare for your little one while you work or study can be a challenge. If your child has additional needs of any sort – whether a physical disability, chronic medical condition, learning difficulties, behavioural issues, communication problems, or severe allergies – it might feel particularly daunting. The good news is that there […]

      High cost of childcare locking single parents out of work

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      Thousands of London’s single parents are being locked out of employment due to the high cost of childcare, according to a new report by Gingerbread. Analysis by the national charity for single parent families reveals that half of single parents are forced to borrow money in order to meet the high cost of childcare in the […]