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October 15th

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COVER STORIES 9 Pare nt s in B us in ess - I nspirationa l
COVER STORIES 9 Pare nt s in B us in ess - I nspirationa l
COVER STORIES 9 Pare nt s in B us in ess - I nspirationa l
COVER STORIES 9 Pare nt s in B us in ess - I nspirationa l

COVER STORIES

9

Parents in Business - Inspirational stories

10

Educate Business - with Laura Morris

19

The Childcare Challenge - Mummy SOS

41

October 15 - Pregnancy And Infancy Loss Remembrance Day

47

Steven Duggan - Event Planner to the Stars

51

Mr Ma - The Joys of Summer Holidays

64

Gardening Time - Keep the Children Entertained This Autumn

Family Focus

21

Bebe Jacobs - Best Parenting Tips

31

The Buggy Network - The Buggy Conference, Book Your Tickets Now

36

Jodie Newman - Attachment Parenting

74

What’s On?

Health & Wellbeing

23

Allergy UK - Give it Some Welly

25

Birtheasy - With the Wise Hippo

26

Sing & Sign - A Frazzled Mums to Baby Signing

28

Birth Your Way - Antenatal Courses, Making Choices

30

Child Sleep Works - by child sleep expert, Maryanne Taylor

38

Kate Codrington - Biodynamic Massage

47

Saying GoodBye - by Jani White, Naturechild

News & Reviews

53

Baby Buzz Focus Group Reviews

56

Toffee Moon - Gorgeous Children’s Clothes

Food & Recipes

59 Teeny Tummies - Questions & Answers

60 National Baking Week - Miffy Chocolate Cake Recipe

61 CheeseStrings - Not Boxing Clever, Lunchbox Waste

Travel

66 Barnsley House - Home Farm Cottage

67 Marwell Hotel - Winchester

68 Family Fun in Tuscany

rw e ll H otel - Win ches ter 68 F amil y Fun in Tuscan

Cover Photography by: Eve Tudor, Your Little Bear www.yourlittlebear.co.uk

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Name: Brooke Mae D.O.B: 22.08.13 Weight: 5lb 12oz

Name: Rhea Panayi D.O.B: 23.08.13 Weight: 6 lbs 6oz
Name: Rhea Panayi
D.O.B: 23.08.13
Weight: 6 lbs 6oz

Names: Isla Grace D.O.B: 22.08.13 Weight: 6lb

Name: Teegan Skye Sullivan DOB: 08.06.13 Birth Weight: 7lb 6oz

Name: Alexia Jean Whymark DOB: 01.08.13 Weight: 5lb 1oz

Name: Max Hoy D.O.B: 06.07.13 Weight: 6lb 12oz Name: Leah Constantinou D.O.B: 03.06.13 Weight: 7lb

Name: Max Hoy D.O.B: 06.07.13 Weight: 6lb 12oz

Name: Leah Constantinou D.O.B: 03.06.13 Weight: 7lb 3oz

Name: Isabelle Bronwen Stacey D.O.B: 28.07.13 Weight: 6lb 10oz

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Name: Zachary Oscar Cook D.O.B: 31.07.13 Weight: 8lbs

Name: Stephanie Salerma D.O.B: 09.08.13 Weight: 3.26 kg

Name: Cooper Wren King D.O.B: 24.08.13 Weight: 7lbs

Competition Time

COMPETITION TIME

We have two amazing Happy Hopperz to give away to two lucky readers! The colours
We have two amazing Happy Hopperz to give away to two lucky
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We have two gorgeous sets to give away from Toffee Moon. One for the Girls
We have two gorgeous sets to give away from Toffee Moon. One for the Girls
and One for the Boys. The prize consists of a blanket and hat and cardigan
each. For your chance to win, simply like the Facebook page “Toffee-Moon”
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From Monday 14 th October to Sunday 20 th October is the nations favourite week,
From Monday 14 th October to Sunday
20 th October is the nations favourite
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Parents in Business

Welcome to our Parents & Business Feature

Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own business the right thing to do? Read all about our fabulous businesses featured this month, plus legal advice, business and marketing advice and tax benefits to help you along the way.

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something different.

I am always looking for businesses that have been created by parents, so if you or anyone you know would like to be a part of this feature, we charge a fee of just £75.00 for the full A4 page. This provides a great editorial showing who is behind the scenes and we’ve found that most of our readers love to find out who is behind a product, a brand or a service more than just looking at just the advert.

Needless to say, the businesses that do appear in the printed issues also appear on the website and all social media sites.

For more information, please contact me:

Nickie Evans Editor & Owner Baby Buzz Magazine

Tel: 020 8361 0727 Mob: 07944 240 321 Email: nickie@babybuzzmagazine.com

There are other baby and child magazines out there, but there aren’t any out there that go from birth until pre-teens or that cater towards the businesses created by parents as a result of having children. I’ve met the most amazing people whilst creating this section and I will continue featuring it in the sincerest hope that it gives a mum, dad, grandparent, or indeed anyone who has an idea, concept, light-bulb moment, the confidence to do something they wouldn’t normally do and create a successful business for themselves.

From September onwards we are going to be helping all the budding entrepreneurs out there, who have that idea and aren’t sure how to proceed. We will have legal advice from some amazing practitioners designed to give you the best start whether it be providing corporate, brand or employment

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Parents in Business

TAKING THE PLUNGE!

Parents in Business TAKING THE PLUNGE! branding from the start . Last month I talked about

branding from the start.

Last month I talked about what things you can do to get yourself on the way if you are thinking of starting a business. In this month’s issue I am going to cover my top tips on the next steps to actually

launching!

So now you have thought about the idea, you’ve researched it with your friends and family and you are ready to launch, but now you’re not sure what to do next?

Branding is very important in your business. Let’s look at the likes of Apple, Audi etc., all these brands have an image that represents their business that people always remember. It is very important when you are starting a business you are thinking about your branding and what you want it to say about you.

Firstly, a lot of people can struggle when it comes to thinking about

a business name. We can be in danger of overthinking and you will

find the simplest ones are the most effective. I like business names that say what they do on the tin as the saying goes.

A great activity to do is to sit quietly for ten minutes or so with a

pen and paper and write down the keywords of your business. What are you offering your customers? What makes you stand out from your competitor? This activity is great to get your mind thinking about a business name but equally is good to use further down the line when it comes to your Marketing, SEO etc.

Once you come up with a business name you’ve then got the basis to start thinking about a logo. It is very important to set out your

When you own your own business it becomes personable. This is what makes you stand out from the crowd. For example if we think about hairdressers and how many there are in the market. What makes you go to one of those hairdressers to get your hair done? It’s normally the person you can get on with or relate to that keeps you going back. A good tip is to try and bring your personality across when thinking about your branding. What colours do you like? What shapes do you like? And build this into your logo.

Now you have a business name and logo and these are the first steps in business to building your own brand!

the first ste p s in business to buildin g y our own brand ! W

Written by Laura Morris Director of www.educatebusiness.co.uk - providing affordable business solutions Twitter: @2businessmum Facebook: www.facebook.com/EducateBusiness Co-Director of www.networkingmummies.com - FREE networking events and affordable workshops for mums in business across the UK Twitter: @networkingmummy Facebook: www.facebook.com/NetworkingMummiesUK

Parents in Business

Through the eyes of a Parent

Parents in Business Through the eyes of a Parent I am the p roduct, in fact
Parents in Business Through the eyes of a Parent I am the p roduct, in fact

I am the product, in fact it's more of a service that

I offer. I consult and pass over my own information, advise my own experience as a mother, a professional and then followed by a support network.

meals and an understanding about when and how to reduce milk. This is to help the baby develop a substantial appetite, whilst still promoting and maintaining breast milk in their diet but encouraging food to be primary at the relevant age!

continue to further my own experiences. My journey is taking me into all different dimensions from charity work including The Bush Homeopaths, which is hoping to set up a breast feeding clinic as well as offering a homeopathic programme to benefit people in the Gambia. I am also in the process of writing a book about the dangers of leaving children to cry out with a former client, who experienced both methods of sleep training and due to this is extremely passionate about getting my message across. I also have former clients who have become good friends and they continue to encourage me to accomplish further challenges!

to encoura g e me to a ccom p lish further challen g es! life! My

life!

My downside has to be the amount of time my work consumes of my

I live and breathe

babies/children, sometimes to the detriment of my own boys and my partner! I appreciate it’s very difficult to understand why I put so much into my small business but as I say to them "it's just me” and I will not refuse to help a parent in need.

ust me” and I will not refuse to hel p a p arent in nee d.

The company was started as I felt there was a need in the market to be able to reach out to

parents. Although I am growing fast and all my work is by personal recommendation, I now feel this is my calling and is a subject that I not only feel passionate about, but feel the need to pass over

to future generations!

but feel the need to p ass over t o future g enerations ! T he

The company "Through The Eyes Of A Parent" is about offering home or clinic consultations followed by a support helpline either via text, phone or Skype where I can continue to work with the families, build a rapport with them and get immense pleasure and satisfaction to see them empowered by positively raising their children!

One of my passions is in Breastfeeding. I have a wealth of knowledge and qualifications in this

field, I believe I know how it works and why people are struggling. Feeding my own 3 boys for two years each (as is government advice now), has made me see the vital importance and impact

it has on a baby/child through a health, security and bonding measure!

On the subject of weaning, which I will only

consult after the baby has reached 6 months plus,

I advise and support parents to follow The Baby Led Weaning Programme. I work with the parents to follow on from Breastfeeding to encourage a good balanced diet, home cooked

My final passion, which follows through with good eating and the correct quantity of milk needed in the day, is my SLEEP PROGRAMME. Through my own 25 years of experience as a nanny, maternity nurse and then mother, it began to feel almost alien to teach our young to sleep with anxiety. There is lots of research proving why "Controlled Crying" is severe and unnecessary when babies need to be answered and have their needs met at such a young age! I felt changes had to be made to show parents a more gentle approach, whilst still achieving their goal "TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT". I do this with my programme that does not involve babies or children crying out, it's effective and my testimonials show me that it continues to work with clients from all walks of life, anywhere in the world!

clients from all walks o f life, an y where in the world! I ho p

I hope to continue my achievement of maintaining a long term, well-renowned reputation and to become a household name in this field, as well as having an impact on the parents I help and change their beliefs and understanding by supporting their families with my teachings and approach!

g their families with m y teachin g s and a pproach ! My hi ghlig

My highlight has to be the success stories of parents I have worked with, meeting and being part of some wonderful people's lives at emotional times and being able to be hands on with the babies/children themselves who I then

e hand s on with the babies/children themselves who I then My ad vice to an

My advice to any parent starting their own business is to believe in yourselves! Follow your gut instincts and allow life to take you to the next level. If you put continued effort in and are dedicated to what you offer, you cannot fail with that level of commitment!

Parenting is the most challenging position, although immensely rewarding. If you put in a quarter of what's expected as a parent into your business then I believe it will always be a success story!

t h en I bel ieve it wi ll always b e a succes s s
t h en I bel ieve it wi ll always b e a succes s s
t h en I bel ieve it wi ll always b e a succes s s

: amandamarks@hotmail.co.uk : www.throughtheeyesofaparent.com : Amanda.Marks

Parents in Business

Parents in Business My name is Charlie and I am a Mum of two s p
Parents in Business My name is Charlie and I am a Mum of two s p

My name is Charlie and I am a Mum of two spirited girls aged 2 and 7 living with my hubby , the girls and our two rather neurotic cats in West Dorset. I write an Eco blog called Sophia’s Choice which provides information on products, ideas and classes which are natural, organic, eco-friendly and creative for the whole family. The blog has evolved over the past year and in mid October I will be launching an Online Retail Shop to run alongside the blog selling many of the products I have shared with my readers.

man y of the p roducts I have shared with m y rea d ers .

Initially Sophia’s Choice began its journey as a blog and this is still an integral part of what Sophia’s Choice is all about. I had my first daughter whilst living in Brittany, France and found myself frustrated by my inability to find skin and body care products (creams, shampoos, soaps) which were free from the potentially harmful synthetic chemicals like parabens, sulphates and petrochemicals, which are found in most mainstream products. I therefore scoured the internet and found ‘Green People’ who sold the products I was looking for and from here my journey began. My interest in the subject took me to research more natural and organic options for my daughter including nappies, cot mattresses, and wooden toys. After having my youngest daughter in late 2010, the list has been added to and the blog has evolved to cover the whole family from babies & children, through to teens, men and women. I write about everything from natural birth, Sing & Sign classes and craft for kids to free-from skincare, nutritional supplements and pencils which grow into herbs!

su pp lements and pencils which g row into herbs! So p hia’s Choice Online Retail

Sophia’s Choice Online Retail Shop will sell a range of products which are natural, organic and nourishing. They may not all come under these three headings, but most will embrace two or more of them, many of which having Soil Association accreditation. The shop will sell skin and body care products for babies, children, teenagers, men and women which are free-from synthetic chemicals which we now understand can be harmful to our skin. Approximately 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream within about 20-30 seconds. Many of these chemicals are therefore absorbed into our bodies and for some people this will cause allergic reactions and skin discomfort. Sophia’s Choice will aim to give you an alternative to these mainstream products and to empower you with the information you need to make a more natural choice. Our shop will also sell good quality nutritional supplements including food-state vitamins and minerals (which are free- from binders, gluten, and synthetic chemicals and easier for the body to absorb), probiotics and super foods like wheatgrass and chia seeds. We will also have select items for babies and young children which are BPA free for example the Beco Things weaning sets which are a great alternative to plastic.

g sets w h ic h are a g reat a l ternative to pl astic

My hope is to raise awareness of the potential dangers of using synthetic chemicals on our bodies and in our homes. We are bombarded everyday with chemicals we have no control over, which our bodies then have to process to keep us healthy. If we can minimise this impact by being mindful in our decisions of what we put both inside and outside of our bodies then I think this is a good thing. We have one body and we need to look after it. My hope with the blog and the online retail shop is that it will give people a place to go to find out further information on nutrition, health, and skincare which will empower them along their journey as individuals and par- ents. The natural, organic and free-from industry is growing quickly as more and more people question the status quo. I would like to think that Sophia’s Choice will be there helping those who wish to make these worthwhile changes in their lives.

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Parents in Business

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Parents in Business There have been several hig hli g hts for me. As I write
Parents in Business There have been several hig hli g hts for me. As I write

There have been several highlights for me. As I write a blog I use social media a lot to share my articles with a wider audience. I’ve found the people I’ve met through Twitter in particular, have been exceptionally supportive to me. This was totally unexpected. I was actually terrified of using Twitter before jumping straight in and connecting with like-minded people. I’ve found brands and products I probably would never have known existed if it hadn’t been for this powerful social media platform and I’ve also found support from fellow bloggers invaluable.

Another highlight has been putting together our logo. I liked the idea of having a sunshine in green, but wanted to make it a little more personal. The rays of the sunshine are actually our family handprints which I felt brought a more personal touch to it all. Seeing this come to life has been very exciting for me.

And finally, finding my passion again. Before having my two girls I worked as a Holistic Therapist and ran my own practice for about 9 years. I’ve missed being part of this world since becoming a full-time Mum so for me creating Sophia’s Choice has re-connected me with a part of myself which has lain dormant for a few years. I think when you become a Mum you often forget who you really are amongst the chaos of having children, as lovely as that chaos can be! So it’s good to be doing something for me again.

So it’s g ood to be doin g somethin g for me a g ain. If

If you’d like further information on Sophia’s Choice, you can connect with me here:

Charlie Hughes Tel: 07525 662888 Email: info@sophiaschoice.co.uk

I think most people would agree that the main downsides of starting your own company or business is lack of time and lack of sleep ! When you have a family you are always juggling the needs of everyone including yourself. When you place building a business into the mix, it can seem like a never ending uphill struggle. Let’s just say I stay up until at least midnight each night and try to make every possible minute I have free count. My youngest only goes to nursery a few mornings a week so it can certainly be a challenge to actually tick off items on my “to do” list. We don’t have family nearby so I’m very reliant on my husband who is also self-employed. When I think about it, I must be pretty mad to be embarking on this huge task !

Web: www.sophiaschoice.co.uk (launching 12 th October 2013)

www.sophiaschoice.co.uk (launchin g 12 th October 2013 ) W ithout reservation, “Go for it ! ”

Without reservation, “Go for it !

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Life is short and we really don’t know what’s around the corner. We lost my Mum to lung cancer two years ago and I realised in that moment that the phrase, “time and tide wait for no man” really is true. Life continues regardless and if we have dreams and aspirations we really should embrace them and try to make them happen. Isn’t fulfilling our dreams what life is really all about? I think once we get to a certain age we often put obstacles in the way of why we can’t pursue our dreams and I think this is often based around fear; fear of the unknown and also the fear of failure. It’s my feeling that even if we’re not successful at everything we pursue, we’ll always know as the book by Susan Jeffers says that we “Felt the fear and did it anyway!

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My name is Emma, Mum to a beautiful little girl, Anya, aged 2. I am
My name is Emma, Mum to a beautiful little girl,
Anya, aged 2. I am also a self-employed fitness
instructor and personal trainer.
It started as a result of me looking for
Birthday/Christmas presents for Anya and her
friends. When looking at toys, there seemed to be
so much plastic that didn't look like it would stand
the test of time. I wanted something more
traditional, long lasting and value for money.
That's when Wooden Toy World was born!
We are an online stockist of timeless, traditional
wooden toys. Perfect for encouraging educational
play and stimulating creativity. They provide hours
of fun for your little ones! We stock high quality
toys at competitive prices-everything under £25.
Therefore suiting every budget, from children
with pocket money, to Grandparents looking for
a quality gift that lasts.
Wooden Toy World has only been established for
a year, and we have already achieved more than
we could have hoped. Selling not only nationally,
but internationally. We intend to continue to grow
and expand the product range. And of course
keep putting smiles on the faces of little ones.
Having already run my own fitness business for a
number of years, I knew some of the pros and
cons of working for yourself. I have to say, just the
fact I've started up the toy company that I can run
from home is a highlight in itself. I feel lucky that I
can work from home, at the same time as
spending time with my daughter. And she
definitely likes the fact the house is full of toys-
she's a good little tester!
The downside is the amount of time you have to
put into running the business. It can be a challenge
juggling work and family time. As a small business,
it's up to me to do the stock taking,
marketing/advertising, accounts etc and there are
many nights my brain doesn't switch off.
Be interested in and passionate about the product.
Research-your product, competition and target
market before you get started. Use social media
to get your name known, it's definitely a great way
to be seen but can be time consuming and very
addictive! Most importantly, enjoy it! Working for
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very
rewarding.
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y
yourself is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. : woodento y world@ y

: woodentoyworld@yahoo.co.uk : www.woodentoyworld.co.uk : WoodenToyWorld : @WoodenToyWorld

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Parents in Business : sales@happyhopperz.co.uk : www.happyhopperz.co.uk : HappyHopperz : @HappyHopperz Ha ppy Ho pp
: sales@happyhopperz.co.uk : www.happyhopperz.co.uk : HappyHopperz : @HappyHopperz
: sales@happyhopperz.co.uk
: www.happyhopperz.co.uk
: HappyHopperz
: @HappyHopperz
: www.happyhopperz.co.uk : HappyHopperz : @HappyHopperz Ha ppy Ho pp erz is the creation of husband
: www.happyhopperz.co.uk : HappyHopperz : @HappyHopperz Ha ppy Ho pp erz is the creation of husband

Happy Hopperz is the creation of husband and wife team Robert and Victoria Morris.

of husband and wife team Robert an d Victoria M orris . W e were on

We were on holiday in Thailand when our son Charlie was 13 months old. Visiting a local beach bar for lunch, Charlie had nowhere to sit and the owner behind the bar approached us carrying a large inflatable yellow item. Charlie absolutely loved it – straight away he held onto its ears, climbed aboard and started bouncing, giggling and laughing. Other local children came up and started playing with him and it was really nice to see the way they were able to interact and have fun without having to communicate with each other in a conventional way. Charlie bounced before he could walk and as much as realising this was a good holiday treat, we saw a way to save our furniture at home. We asked to purchase the item and once we got back to the UK and our friends saw it they all wanted one! That’s when we first thought there was potential here. We sourced the factory and arranged for a few samples to be sent over and arranged some focus groups with mothers from North London and again, they all loved them. We decided then that we should definitely turn this into a business idea.

From the positive results of our research, Rob then visited China to check and audit the factories to ensure they could conform to all the European safety tests we knew this product would require. We took our first batch of 250 hopperz to the Baby Show in the hope to raise awareness of our brand and do some market research, but we never expected to sell out of all 250 hopperz within one and a half days (we had to spend the rest of the show taking pre-orders!) It was official, Happy Hopperz was a success and we are now stocked in over 300 stores including some major retailers such as John Lewis, Fenwicks, Harrods, Liberty’s and Waterstones.

ohn Lewis, Fenwicks, Harrods, Liberty’s and Waterstones . Our com pany' s stra p line is

Our company's strapline is 'LEARN, PLAY & DEVELOP through exercise' Our products have been such a hit with kids and it puts a big smile on our faces to know that Happy Hopperz have brought real enjoyment into childhoods. Happy Hopperz is not just about having fun though, they have a huge range of benefits, they are great for exercise, hand eye coordination, balance control and confidence.

hand e y e coordination , balance control and confidence. If it all continues as it

If it all continues as it has done since we launched, we would be very

happy. However, we would love to achieve worldwide distribution and to manufacture licensed designs.

e d istri b ution an d to manufacture licensed desig ns . F unni ly

Funnily enough discovering the nursery industry and the people/mumpreneurs in it. Compared to most industries there's actually some really lovely genuine people out there.

y s ome rea lly l ovely g enuine p eopl e out t h ere

Now we've been going a few years it’s all about being planning /

strategies / juggling cashflow / investment / staff . …

Need I go on.

lin g cashflow / investment / staff . … Need I g o on . We'

We've been very fortunate to have launched a product that has minimal competition and therefore I think we have found it slightly easier than most to gain a market share. As with introducing any product into a marketplace , you have do your research and weigh the potential return to the effort /energy/money that is required to get your product out there. There's no point spending months of planning and costs to enter

a saturated market.

s pending months of p lannin g and costs to enter a saturated mar k et.
s pending months of p lannin g and costs to enter a saturated mar k et.
s pending months of p lannin g and costs to enter a saturated mar k et.

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Parents in Business Becomin g a p arent is ar g uabl y the bi ggest

Becoming a parent is arguably the biggest life change you will ever experience. If you are now returning to work after maternity, paternity or adoption leave, you are not the same person you were before. Work will probably have a different priority in your life. Now you are going back, it is well worth considering a review of the benefits you can access from your employer.

Unless you have family or friends who are looking after your child while you are at work, you will have to use registered childcare. You can bring down the cost of care by joining a childcare voucher scheme. It works as a salary sacrifice scheme, which is not as scary as it sounds! You simply give up a portion of your salary to be used for a specific purpose and you don’t pay Tax or National Insurance on that amount. Childcare vouchers are only available via your employer, so if they don’t currently have a scheme, you will have to ask them to set one up. It’s in their interest as well as yours to provide one. In a survey by Busy Bees Benefits, 1 in 3 parents said the provision of childcare vouchers influenced their return to work; suggesting many of them would not have gone back to work if vouchers had not been available as it would not have been financially worth it. Your return reduces the costs of recruitment for your employer and they also save on National Insurance for every member of staff that has childcare vouchers. Most importantly, you save – up to £933 each year!

As a parent, it’s even more pressing that you are available to be reached easily, for example if your child carer needs to contact you because your child is ill. Keeping up with developments in mobile phones can be expensive. Believe it or not there’s a benefit you could get from your employer which will save you money on your mobile phone too. A Mobile Phone scheme provides the latest handsets on an attractive tariff. The tariff cost will be deducted from wages every month which will not attract tax or National Insurance.

However much time you have taken off after having your baby, whether it’s a few months or a whole year (or even more if you have more than one child), going back to work can be daunting. It can take a while to get back into the swing of things and you may find that some of your knowledge and skills are a bit rusty. If you feel you need some training, there is a salary sacrifice scheme for this too. You can save a third of the cost on work-related training (e.g. a basic rate taxpayer could save £320 over a year on a course costing £1,000) to bring you up to date and enhance your career prospects for the future. There is no restriction on the way the training can be delivered and the money can be used for tuition, travel, accommodation and food.

Whether you have chosen to go back to work full time or part time, you will probably have less income after childcare costs and other increased

have less income after childcare costs and other increase d exp enses. Instant savin g s

expenses. Instant savings such as Retail Discount schemes are cheap for employers to offer and can save you hundreds of pounds a year. You can simply view the deals online and take advantage of the deals offered by a wide range of retailers. Using such a scheme can save you money