Employers for Childcare one to one Advice Clinics provide a helping hand to Queen's Staff
The Diversity and Inclusion Unit in conjunction with the Salaries office and Employers for Childcare delivered two briefing sessions in May and August of this year to almost 200 University staff.
Entitled "Big Changes, Big Choices" the presentations focussed on the new government scheme, called "Tax Free Childcare" and the differences between it and the current Childcare Voucher Scheme, which many staff currently avail of.
Following these sessions the Diversity and Inclusion Unit invited Naomi Bryans and Jimmy Gallagher, Family Benefits Advisors from local charity, Employers for Childcare into Queen's to deliver two full days of One to One Advice Clinics for staff. These clinics enabled staff to discuss their personal circumstances and to help them determine which is the best scheme for their family.
Feedback from staff, a selection of which is highlighted below shows that these clinics were a resounding success and many staff will be financially better off as a result.
"I had an individual session with Naomi Bryans at Employers for Childcare Advice Clinic and found it really useful. It was great to talk to someone about my individual situation and the options which were available to me. It made the whole process a lot clearer".
"I found the advice clinic informative and helpful. It cut quickly through some of the complexities and provided clarity about the best options".
"I found the clinic very useful -- having someone confirm what the trade-offs and benefits of the different schemes were for my personal circumstances was reassuring , and means that I do not have to spend hours reading around the subject to find out the best option for us".
"The Employers for Childcare Advice Clinic was extremely useful. Jimmy was very knowledgeable and talked me through the two options available and based on my circumstances advised which scheme would be more beneficial. He made things very clear and easy to understand, discussing in detail how to take the next steps. Jimmy also highighted potential problems or issues that may be encountered and how to avoid these and what support was available. As a result of this clinic and Jimmy’s advice, I have signed up to tax free childcare and hope to start seeing the benefit this month"
A copy of the presentation is below.
- Employers for Childcare Presentation May 2017 (Powerpoint PDF).
If you require further advice on whether to avail of either Tax Free Childcare or Childcare Voucher, please contact a Family Benefits Advisor from Employers for Childcare directly.
Their contact details are:
Employers for Childcare
Freephone: 0800 028 3008
Employers for Childcare Resources (external links)
- Please click here to access the Employers for Childcare website - Frequently Asked Questions on Tax Free Childcare.
- Please click here to watch a short video explaining the differences between Tax Free Childcare and Childcare Vouchers.
- Please click here to access the Employers for Childcare Savings Calculator (please only use this to give you an illustration of potential savings: always seek professional advice on your financial circumstances before making a decision to choose an appropriate scheme).
Please do not contact your HR Business Partner or the Equality and Diversity Unit directly for advice on which scheme is best suited to your family/personal circumstances. Our staff are not qualified to provide personal/ professional financial advice to you.
However, if you have any particular queries about your salary sacrifice arrangements, please contact the University's Salary Office directly.