Looking for someone to entrust bring up your child with you can be a daunting process. There are options and it may be that a combination is best and almost certain that plans will evolve as your family changes. You will need to plan this early and consider issues such as what to do in case of child illness and when you unexpectedly can’t leave on time.

Whatever you choose – whether it be private nursery, family, childminder or au pair - consider beginning arrangements before you start back at work. This gives you a little time to prepare for work, meet your ES/ TPD or new team. It allows your child to settle in. This also gives them time to be ill – they will get EVERYTHING at the start.

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