Childcare & Education

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Babysitter

So I’m not really sure about what I should do. Currently I work the nighttime shift and my baby’s dad works daytime so we don’t need a sitter. However the lack of sleep is getting to me and starting to make me sleep past when my baby wakes up (alarms don’t help I sleep through them) so I need to switch to a daytime ...

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Little rant

Has therapy and talking about things help you? I don’t think it’s really working out for me. I really wanna get back into coloring again but it’s kinda hard with an infant, chores, work and school. I’m almost done with school though. On my last term after this week then I’m off to externship! I was so nervous I quit...

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Daycare ideas

Does anyone have any flexible daycare ideas or tips? Has anyone used care.com? I have a three year old and need help and breaks sometimes.

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85% childcare costs

Does anyone not get the full 85% back? If you know, why? I'm going back to work soon, 35h a week 8:40am-4pm and my daughter will be in nursery Mon-Friday 7am-6pm totalling at £1040 a month, what is the likelihood of me getting the 85% back?

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Nursery help please

Hi I was wondering what kind of help we can get for our little one to start nursery? Basically big kerfuffle at work and they are being HORRIBLE with helping me return to work and constantly rejecting my flexible working hours request even though I've met their wants and the needs for the service so I am now having...

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Primary School

Is it November this year we can apply for our child to start Reception?

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Childminder

Hello, I know probably it's early but I have started to look for a childminder for my baby,he's 5 months now,looking to go back to work in August when he's gonna be 11 months. We are going to see a childminder on Friday,look at the setting and have a chat, those of you that have already kids and used a childminder,w...

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New job ideas

I work part time in a decent paying job, but I'd like to earn a little extra income on the side doing something fun that I actually enjoy. I was thinking something like eyebrows or nails - however I struggle for childcare to do the learning and I'm not sure where to start. Does anyone have any ideas of options for s...

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Schools

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m apply for schools this year? I don’t understand. This is my first child I don’t remember the stages of school, none of my friends have children so I’m clueless. Do I need to apply? There’s a high waiting list in my area I know that but I thought it wasn’t under next year for when they...

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Nursery

My little girl starts nursery on Wednesday 🥺. Luckily she is coming with me as I work where she is going but idk id it will make it any easier. Has anyone elses LO started nursery if so how are you coping

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Nursery decor

I just really wanted to share our nursery decor as I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to get the furniture in now! Some may say I’ve done it too early but I just wanted it to be all sorted 🥰🥰 couple more pics on comments ❤️ Just need curtains now

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School nursery vs day nursery preschool

What would you say are pros and cons of both? My daughter now comes to the nursery I work in. She was at a different one last year all year and hated it but now loves nursery where we are so I don't really want to be moving her again so soon. After having a conversation with a couple of the girls I work with last ...

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Moses basket recommendations

Hey lovelies. Can anyone recommend a Moses basket? We have a next to me crib but would like a Moses basket for convenience when staying at my mums as she has a three floor house. My room would be on 3rd floor (loft) but I’ll be hoping to spend alot of time with the family on the ground floor most of the day.

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Nursery ideas

Has anyone started on the nursery I am due to get started next week. What look have you all went for looking for ideas . So far I have paint & furniture 🫶🏻

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Getting nursery ready

I was just wondering when everyone plans on putting up furniture for baby and setting up nursery/ putting next to me up in bedroom etc? Nursery is nowhere complete still have lots of things in boxes and bags in there and we collected our next to me yesterday. Is it too early to put up the next to me and get the nu...

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Childcare funding

Can someone please tell me how I can apply for funding for my now 2 year old.... I've received an email about eligibility that contains a link to the Gov website but the link doesn't work when clicked... is there another way I can sort this out? I'm desperate to get my little girl started at nursery, thanks x

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