Childcare

One of the benefits available to you as an NHS employee is the Child & Family Care Service.

We are here to assist and support you with any matters relating to childcare or carers queries. We also provide a service for a number of organisations which include:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Care Trust

If you work for one of the above trusts you can use the on-site nurseries at either Blackpool Victoria or Preston Hospitals.

If you do not want to use the on-site Nurseries, you can still take advantage of the benefits by using Fideliti Childcare voucher.  If the last time you used the vouchers was within a 52 week period of the last vouchers issued, or being transferred under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) you can re-join.

If you are a new starter then the vouchers are no longer available but you can register for the governments new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFC)  more information can be found on the Childcare Choices website

Both the on-site nurseries and Fideliti vouchers scheme can be paid via your payslip as a salary sacrifice deduction, saving you tax and national insurance. Please see the SMART Salary sacrifice page for more information

On request, we offer staff individual Maternity, Adoption and Paternity Meetings (both prior and during) with a member of the Staff Benefits Team. During the meeting you will be advised on your entitlements, maternity leave, pay and the other benefits the Trust provides for example saving money on childcare.

To book an appointment or for further Childcare enquiries please contact Lisa Harrison (Staff Benefits Advisor) on 01253 (9)51178 or via email at: Lisa.Harrison@lthtr.nhs.uk

Blackpool Victoria On-Site Nursery

The on-site Nursery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is run by Happy Days  and is located behind Trust Headquarters.

Happy Days childcare settings provide a children's need at every stage of development, from babies to 12 year old school children.

As an employee of one of the stated organisations, you can use the on-site nurseries. You may also be able to access the salary sacrifice schemes.

Preston Hospitals On-Site Nursery

The on-site nurseries at Preston Hospitals are run by Busy Bees.

Busy Bees is one of the largest providers of childcare in the UK. Their nurseries are specifically designed to suit the needs of your child.

As an employee of one of the stated organisations, you can use the on-site nurseries. You may also be able to access the salary sacrifice schemes.

Fideliti Childcare Vouchers

Fideliti Childcare vouchers are an employee benefit aimed at helping working parents pay for their childcare costs.

The scheme allows you to exchange up to £243 per month(if you are a 20% tax payer), and £124 per month(if you are a 40% tax payer), directly from your gross salary - before tax and national insurance are deducted.

This allows you to save up to approximately £933 per year. If both parents join the childcare voucher scheme, potential savings of up to £1866 can be made.

***** Important information regarding Childcare Vouchers*****

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