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By Louise Wheeler9 June 2015

Free childcare to double. But at what cost?

Shockwaves resounded across the country last month as David Cameron and the Conservatives returned to 10 Downing Street in their strongest position since the early 1990’s. Now the electorate can only wait and see how many of its pre-election promises the party will keep – and for parents that has included the pledge to double the existing free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds to 30 hours a week. Read more

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By Tamsin Malone30 March 2014

Desperate not to leave my baby

The looming deadline of returning to work after being on maternity leave can leave lots of women feeling heartbroken and desperate at the thought of having to leave their baby every day. Here, one mum describes how she got through the experience and discovered that it wasn't as bad as she'd feared. Read more

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By David Vaughan30 August 2013

Childcare Options

It costs £148,000 to bring up a child to age 18 according to a report published this month by the Child Poverty Action Group. One of the largest expenses, particularly in the early years, is childcare. Unfortunately the cost of childcare is rising fast – 5.9% in the past year alone.

Finding the right childcare is a difficult task for any parent, but there is financial help available. Read more
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By Essex Baby Author18 June 2013

Childcare Vouchers

With the spiralling cost of childcare, the decision whether to go back to work following maternity leave can be a finely balanced one. Many employers are keen to retain your skills and talent and so offering Childcare Vouchers makes a lot of sense. What’s more, opting for Childcare Vouchers could save you up to £933 per year on Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions. Read more