Working Families and Bright Horizons publish Employers Guide to Childcare
Published: 12 May 2015
Employers’ Guide to Childcare Lays Out Options in a Practical Way for UK Employers, their Staff, and Families
London, 12 May 2015: Working Families and Bright Horizons are delighted to announce the publication of the Employers’ Guide to Childcare, which outlines a range of practical ways in which businesses and other organisations can help staff to balance work commitments and childcare. The guide has been compiled by Working Families – the UK’s foremost work-life balance organisation – and is sponsored by Bright Horizons, the leading provider of high-quality childcare and related care services.
The Employers’ Guide to Childcare is designed to be an easy-to-use reference tool for employers looking to evaluate which policies and support programmes work best for them and their staff with regard to childcare. The publication of the guide coincides with the Working Families Annual Conference, which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May 2015) in London. The guide is available in full here.
Among the options described in the guide are:
- On site nurseries
- Access to back-up childcare
- Childcare vouchers
- Tax-free childcare
- Flexible working options
- Internal support networks
- Information programme
Among the benefits that firms can expect to enjoy through helping with childcare are:
- More competitive recruitment
- Better staff retention
- Better relationships with staff
- Staff who are more engaged and committed to their employer
- Greater staff diversity
Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, said: “Despite a series of welcome political initiatives and considerable public investment, too many working parents find their decision about whether or how many hours to work constrained or even dictated by the local availability of affordable childcare. We need to work towards a system that delivers good quality, affordable childcare to all working parents when they need it, whilst at the same time protecting and enhancing the well-being of our children. Employers have a key role to play in us reaching that goal.”
Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships at Bright Horizons, said: “Our economy needs thriving businesses, which need productive, engaged employees – who need to know that their family commitments are understood and supported by their employers. As you will see in this guide, there are many other ways in which you can support your workforce, including back-up care for those inevitable occasions when families’ arrangements break down; wrap-around care and holiday playschemes; and flexibility around hours and location. There is no one ‘best answer’ – needs change over time for each family, just as each family’s challenges and preferred ways of managing these are different.”
About Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Bright Horizons Family Solutions is a leading UK provider of high-quality child care, early years education and other services designed to help employers and families better address the challenges of integrating work and family life. Bright Horizons provides nursery care both to consumers and in partnership with employers and also offers innovative round-the-clock back-up care packages for children and adults. With a reputation for excellence spanning three decades, Bright Horizons has more than 200 nurseries in the UK and Ireland. From the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2008 Bright Horizons has consistently outperformed its sector in terms of “Outstanding” awards made by Ofsted. Bright Horizons is one of the UK’s Best Workplaces as well as one of the Top 25 Best Large Workplaces in Europe as designated by the Great Place to Work Institute.