Childcare

Childcare benefits are among the most important that an employee can offer, to help employees with children to balance their work and family life.

Childcare vouchers are a popular employer-provided benefit, while some employers operate a workplace nursery.


What can be learned from Denmark’s parental leave and childcare policies?

Denmark has some of the most generous parental leave and childcare support schemes in the world. But have these had...

Champion flexible working to improve parents’ work-life balance

3 May 2019

Support for flexible working should be visible from leadership level to help create “human-sized” jobs that enable a greater work-life...

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Tax-Free Childcare failing to attract working families

18 Feb 2019

Take-up of the government's Tax-Free Childcare benefit has been much slower than anticipated, official figures have shown.

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Single parents are largest underutilised talent pool in UK

30 Nov 2018

Single parents are the most underutilised major pool of talent in the UK, with almost 200,000 unemployed, according to a...

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How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

14 Nov 2018

The long-standing Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How...

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Corbyn vows to “rebalance power” in the workplace

26 Sep 2018

Labour will “rebalance power in the workplace” if the party wins power, Jeremy Corbyn said in his speech closing the...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Low-income families’ earnings do not cover basic needs

20 Aug 2018

Families with two parents working full time at the national living wage are 11% (£49 per week) short of the...

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How to tailor benefits to a multi-generational workforce

24 Jul 2018

Organisations increasingly employ workers from across three or four generations, which means they should be offering tailored benefits packages. James...

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Working mothers increase by almost 50% over 40 years

30 Apr 2018

The proportion of working-age mothers in paid work increased by almost 50% over four decades, according to the Institute of...

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Employer childcare voucher schemes get six-month reprieve

14 Mar 2018

Plans to scrap employer childcare voucher schemes have been delayed by six months after the Democratic Unionist Party intervened.
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Top 10 HR questions January 2018: TUPE consultations

2 Feb 2018

Employees transferring to a new employer in a TUPE situation have the right to be consulted, but the rules on...

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10 benefits to include in a flexible benefits scheme

24 Aug 2017

Flexible benefits schemes can help to boost employee recruitment and retention by increasing the range of benefits available to employees....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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