Childcare and carers – definitions

Employers have a number of different options open to them in order to create a family-friendly workplace for working parents. A childcare voucher system is an obvious choice, providing parents with a tax-efficient means of paying for child care. Some employers even have their own workplace nurseries or offer access to emergency childcare at selected nurseries. The legal rights of working parents have in recent years been extended, especially in relation to maternity and paternity leave. They also have the right to request flexible working to care for children up to a certain age.

Common terms related to childcare for working parents:

Childcare vouchers

Emergency childcare

Onsite nurseries