Work and childcare

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Finding a carer you can trust

A registered and approved carer should be trustworthy and capable of looking after your child, but you should still do your own checks. Find out how to choose a day nursery or childminder.

When can I leave my newborn with a babysitter?

Back-up childcare plans

Pros and cons of care by a relative

Pros and cons of nannies

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Flexible working

Through flexible working you can find child-friendly working hours that suit you and your employer. Find out about working term-time, flexi-time or compressed hours, and how to apply.

Working at home

Breastfeeding and working

Deciding whether to return to work

Being a working parent

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Work and childcare directories

Directory: ways to work

Discover useful sources of information and helpful contacts if you are planning to go back to work.

Directory: support groups

Directory: childcare organisations

Directory: worries about carers

Rights and benefits A - Z

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