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Flexible working. That’d help parents strike a better work/life balance, according to a new poll

Balancing a career with having a baby is one of the biggest challenges working mums face – and flexible hours is the top thing that would make that easier.

Of more than a thousand UK parents with children aged three and under, 57 per cent of mums and 53 per cent of dads said a bit of give and take with their working hours would make striking a balance much less stressful.

The survey by parenting charity NCT also highlighted other solutions parents reckon would help – workplaces making a contribution to childcare (25.2 per cent) and being able to work from home more (15 per cent).

A bit of give and take with working hours would make striking a balance much less stressful

These results come on the back of the Government’s new proposal to help families with childcare costs from autumn 2015.

Last week, David Cameron and deputy Nick Clegg revealed their plan to contribute 20 per cent of costs up to £10,000 a year for each child – so a maximum of £2,000.

This will be done through an online system, and you qualify if you work part time, earn a minimum of £50 a week, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or starting your own business.

Would flexible hours be top of your work/life balance wish list? Let us know on the comments board below.

  • Author: Alex Davies Alex Davies
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