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Breaking News March 14th 2018 Childcare scheme gets six-month reprieve

14 Mar 2018

Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the concession during a Commons debate yesterday March 13th.

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Working Mothers Make For More Productive Employees


Research has suggested that mothers who return to work are likely to be more productive than their childless counterparts and remain with the organisation for longer. This article explains the benefits of employing working mothers and how to attract the best talent for your business.

There has long been debate over whether working mothers are as productive in the workplace as those without children, are less likely to be punctual and reliable and may be a disadvantage to the team. But with more than 70% of women in employment and numbers continuing to rise, many of these women will be facing the prospect of working whilst raising children. As a responsible employer, you need to be ensure that you keep your best female talent within your organisation and in order to do this, you need to ensure that you cater for the needs of female employees with children and childcare needs.

So what can you do to help? Here are a few suggestions.

Offer an on-site nursery

If you have sufficient numbers of staff with a childcare requirement, it may be beneficial to consider offering an on-site nursery. A survey conducted by Bright Horizons consulting practice revealed that 96% of respondents indicated a workplace nursery was important in their decision to join their company, 85% said their nursery positively affected their concentration and productivity, 75% stated their nursery enabled them to meet job performance expectations, 75% felt valued as an employee and believed their employer promotes work/life balance and 63% of study respondents more willing to give extra effort to help their organisation succeed.

Offer flexible working

Numerous studies have revealed that flexible working hours is a major contributor to job satisfaction. If you offer a working mother the flexibility to balance her job with her family life, she is more likely to remain in her job for longer and be more productive during work hours. Flexible working can involve flexi-time (overtime which is taken as time off in lieu), job-sharing (where two people share a full time role) or reduced hours, such as shorter days or fewer full days worked per week.

Whilst it may seem on the outset that introducing flexible working may be counter productive to an efficient and productive workforce, remember that individual knowledge and ability is costly to replace so the more you can do to keep your best female talent in the organisation, the better off your organisation will be in the long run.

Offer Childcare Vouchers

Offering Childcare Vouchers will help give working mothers greater choice when it comes to choosing the best childcare solution for their needs, enabling them to focus their efforts on work.

A Childcare Voucher Scheme is an extremely cost effective way and tax efficient way of helping your staff to pay for your childcare. Childcare Vouchers don't attract tax or National Insurance, so they could find themselves saving hundreds of pounds over the year through a scheme which gives your organisation everything to gain and nothing to lose.

A study by Columbia University as quoted in the Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed that children whose mothers worked were also likely to benefit from higher-quality childcare outside the home, because their parents could afford to shop around for the best nannies and nursery places.

Offering Childcare Vouchers will give your employees greater choice in what childcare provision they choose for their child, boosting their satisfaction and confidence that their child is safe and happy and therefore, leaving them free to concentrate on working to their optimum.

Remember, a happy parent makes for a happy employee, which in turn makes for a more successful, productive and profitable business for you!


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Author: Eoin Oliver

Eoin Oliver is a web designer and blogger with six years of experience writing content and designing graphics for clients large and small. For the past three years Eoin has been focused on researching and writing about the childcare voucher scheme. When not hard at work, Eoin can be found in the company of his 4-legged companion Layla.

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