On Thursday 4 October 2018 the government will close the childcare voucher scheme to new entrants, replacing it with the new tax-free childcare scheme.
We thought that this is important for those who have benefited from the voucher scheme, and are unsure what’s going on, so we asked Charlotte Cowgill, Legal Adviser at DAS Law, to share what you need to know…
Why is the government making this move?
The new scheme is intended to be a fairer and better targeted system than childcare vouchers, and will mean that all families can get support regardless of their employer or whether they are self-employed. Support is based on the number of children in a family, rather than number of parents as seen in the current childcare voucher scheme. Parents who wish to continue to …
Window to the Womb, private baby scan specialists, have released their exclusive free pregnancy app on Android. It’s already available to expectant parents on IOS devices such as iPhones, but in celebration of the Android release, Window to the Womb are offering the app to all expectant parents who wish to create a remarkable video of their growing bump.
Originally inspired by Mcfly’s Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna’s famous YouTube bump video: Bumpies allows users to snap, save and share photos of their bump from 5 to 40 weeks gestation. Once you have 5 or more ‘Bumpies’, the app will stitch all these images together to make a clever time-lapse video; meaning you’re able to enjoy the magic of your 9-month pregnancy in just 90 seconds. Users can then share their bump images and …
Deal seekers get ready: Toys”R”Us® kicks off an early Black Friday One Day Deal in Toys ‘R’ Us Stores across the country.
For TODAY ONLY (17 November 2017), get a massive 20% OFF ALL toys, baby, bikes & wheels at Toys ‘R’ Us. You don’t want to miss this: reserve online and collect in-store in just 29 minutes 🎉 http://bit.ly/2zZlwzi
20% Off Toys, Baby, Bikes & Wheels – In-store Only
How to qualify:
- Either reserve the items you want online by selecting Click & Collect in your basket, or visit your nearest Toys R Us store (click here to find stores).
- Your Click & Collect order amount shown online will not include your 20% discount. This will be applied at the till when you pay in store.
- Click & Collect orders placed on
From classic dolls houses and train sets to rocking unicorns and smoothie makers, Aldi’s new nostalgic collection of great-value wooden toys – set to hit stores and online from the 26th October – has everything parents need to inspire their children to step away from the electronics this Christmas!
The quality FSC certified wooden toy line up includes both classic and modern options, and is sure to leave grown-ups reminiscing and keep kids entertained for hours.
Along with this classic new Wooden Rocking Horse (£27.99), Aldi has also tapped into the unicorn craze by introducing this trendy Wooden Rocking Unicorn (£27.99); a modern twist on the original, it’s perfect for parents looking for something a little different.
This beautiful Wooden Doll’s House (£29.99) makes for a truly magical gift. It comes with three …
As a recipient of financial help from my parents for our children, I liked this research so thought I’d share it.
At a time when estate agents are warning that house price affordability is reaching a crisis point it seems that more people are turning to their grandparents in order to get a foot on the property ladder. The Bank of Gran and Grandad has donated a total of over £37bn in funds to their grandchildren and one in ten grandparents say this money was to be spent on a deposit for a house.
The generous donations look set to continue as the research from Saga shows that a further third of grandparents are still considering or intending to give a financial gift and one in ten are considering lending money to grandchildren. The typical …
From trendy trainers to boho tops and backpacks, Aldi’s Specialbuys Kid’s Spring Fashion Range has everything parents need to freshen up their little one’s wardrobe for the season ahead, available in stores and online from 19th March.
With children’s Animal Backpacks (£7.99) in cheeky characters are an adorable accessory to brighten up the school run. Available in Monkey, Rabbit, Unicorn or Dinosaur designs, they also come complete with fun pull zips, perfect for safely storing prized possessions.
Youngsters can stay on trend this spring with Aldi’s stand-out new season designs such as the Girl’s Boho Top (£3.99) in jersey with frill cap sleeves, embroidered woven front yoke and lace trim or this lightweight Girls’ Denim Dress (£5.99) with antique brass buttons front. It’s perfect for springtime adventures and is available in a range of …
My friends booked their first ever ski holiday in Austria for February half term, and where did I advise them to go for their kit – Aldi obvs – they kitted out a family of four for less than £200.
The new range boasts an array of super ski essentials from cosy midlayers to snug winter boots, with a full adult outfit costing just £59.94*. Here are some highlights:
Aldi’s Action Camcorder (£49.99) is perfect for those who are keen to capture the action on the slopes. With a 4 k video resolution built in Wi-Fi, 32GB storage and waterproof casing, thrill seeking skiers can record and upload every move and the 170 degree wide angle lens will ensure that everything is captured with high precision. 32GB card is included.
Aldi’s Men’s/Ladies’ Ski Jacket (£19.99)…
So I went to Aldi at the weekend and picked up my mum’s shopping, and picked up a couple of things for Halloween too. Wicked witches, ghoulish ghosts and scary skeletons really need look no further than Aldi this Halloween.
They‘ve got some creepy costumes, including a Children’s Dressing Up Set (£4.99) available in a witch, bat or scary skeleton design. Adults can also join in the fun, with an Adults’ Halloween Costume, a devilishly good steal at just £7.99 making it easy to transform into a Witch, Vampire or Skeleton. The outfits don’t come for larger peeps, so if you’re an 18 women, you’ll have to wear something else but go big on the Spooky Face Paint Kit (£3.99).
The Children’s Halloween Boppers Spectacles (£1.79) are for I’d say children younger than …
So we’re well into term one of a new school year. Uniform has been purchased, but what about the school trips, after-school clubs, school dinners and replacement sports gear that will be needed through the year.
Your children might always come first, but that doesn’t mean school related expenditure needs to break the bank every year. By following a few simple tips from Joe Green, Consumer Affairs Expert at Experian, you’ll be able to significantly cut the costs of keeping your kids clothed and equipped.
Shop around for best deals
When it comes to most school items you can find good quality at low prices if you shop around. Supermarkets, for example, offer competitive prices on school supplies including uniforms, and you could save significantly. However it’s important to keep an eye on quality and …
With the new university term here already, we’ve compiled a quick and easy list of six money saving hacks to help a student loan stretch further.
There are lots of discount cards and vouchers out there, so going out doesn’t need to break the bank. Make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your going out buck by signing up to any discounts early and tacking advantage of extra savings on student nights.
Plan ahead and keep shopping trips to a minimum to prevent the cost of groceries skyrocketing. Writing shopping lists can save £100s over a term giving you more money to enjoy yourself, with reward cards providing access to extra discounts. As with the first point, take advantage of store vouchers and discounts, NUS extra cardholder can save 10% at …