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.


Top 10 HR questions March 2020: Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic dominated the top 10 most popular FAQs in March.
The coronavirus outbreak is having a big impact...

Acas working from home guidance: be ‘practical, flexible and sensitive’

20 Mar 2020

Acas has published new best practice guidance on working from home as more employers ask staff to avoid workplaces amid...

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Schools to close from Friday until further notice

18 Mar 2020

All schools in the UK will close from Friday until further notice in order to slow the spread of the...

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Coronavirus: Workday staff to receive financial support

17 Mar 2020

HR technology firm Workday is to make a one-off payment to staff to help prevent financial hardship during the coronavirus...

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Quarter of women leave for another employer after career break

11 Mar 2020

A quarter of mothers do not return to the same employer after maternity leave because they feel the organisation’s practices...

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‘Perverse’ minimum wage enforcement replaced by ‘proportionate’ approach

11 Feb 2020

The government has abandoned its previously “pedantic” regime.

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Three in five parents work unpaid overtime to cope with workload

13 Jan 2020

Flexible working is unable to deliver the work-life balance that parents need, according to a report that finds three in...

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Record proportion of mothers in work

25 Oct 2019

Three-quarters of mothers with dependent children are in work – a record high for the UK, according to the latest...

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Women find it harder to get a job after leaving armed forces, says report

25 Sep 2019

Female military service leavers are less likely to find a job than males, with many reluctant to apply for roles...

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

20 May 2019

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

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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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