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The UK is among the least family-friendly of the world’s richest countries, according to a Unicef assessment of policies on child care and parental leave

In a recent league table on parental leave for women and men and early years childcare enrolment, the UK came out in the bottom third of countries, which is well behind France and Germany and the table-toppers Sweden, Norway and Iceland, although ahead of Greece and Switzerland.

Women that live in Estonia receive a massive 85 week’s maternity leave with full pay, which is seven times more than in those from the UK, 6 weeks at 90% pay and 33 weeks at a lower rate, equivalent to 12 weeks of full pay, according to the Guardian data.

Recently some employers offer better terms and the drinks maker Diageo announced in April that all its 4,500 UK staff would be able to take 26 weeks’ parental leave at full pay as part of a new policy operating in 13 countries and another brewer, Molson Coors has implemented a “life leave” offering it’s workers up to two weeks’ extra paid leave as part of flexible working practise for “significant moments in life…” (The Times, 8th July 2019).

Unicef says family-friendly policies matter because they underpin not only the personal development of children but the establishment of “cohesive societies

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/13/parental-leave-uk-among-least-family-friendly-countries-oecd-survey

Xàbia (Javea) in Alicante, Spain has just received the “Child-friendly Town” certificate awarded by UNICEF

Xàbia has received the certificate as a “Child-friendly Town” granted by UNICEF to local administrations who are committed to fulfilling the rights of girls, boys and adolescents in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Xàbia Town Hall applied for this seal officially in the course of a plenary session in December 2017 and as a result, UNICEF carried out a follow-up visiting the municipality to assess whether, in effect, its actions in relation to childhood and adolescence were adopted to the required standards, such as the promotion of child participation, the creation of municipal childhood plans, promoting policies for the benefit of children and promoting networking among the members of the initiative.

The Councillor for Children, Montse Villaverde, pointed out that Xàbia has been promoting these types of initiatives since 2011, such as the ‘Consell dels Xiquets’, the support for all the actions that encourage the involvement of schoolchildren in municipal life, the plan ‘Pas’, and the development of a strategic plan for children and adolescents in the municipality.

Obtaining the seal of a “Ciudad Amiga de la Infancia” is for Villaverde “in addition to great joy, great support and the motivation to continue working towards this goal, ensuring that children are not only the citizens of the future but of the present and who play an active part in local development “.

These awards, which reward administrations and governments that develop strategies for the well-being of children, defend their rights, encourage their participation and make cities more liveable environments especially for the youngest, will be presented on November 27th in Oviedo.


Link to Xabia Town Hall article here



Pop Up Playground concept launches in the UK

Pop Playgrounds are a great asset for your business, especially as these “instant” playgrounds can be quickly assembled and then later, dissembled and needs no floor installation or disruption. Each pop up playground is designed and customized using your play concepts and corporate colours, delivered in sections for easy storage and can be expanded at any time. They are a great attraction for families, creating a quieter and better ambience for all your visitors, allowing them to stay longer and increase revenue opportunities. A perfect solution to create an instant entertainment attraction to vacant or often forgotten areas.

The system is a modular playground in a size between 2 sqm to 30 sqm, quality manufactured in Sweden and sent to you in modules for easy installation. These great new playgrounds have already been installed in many of the IKEA outlets, across Europe and are now being launched in the UK market through ourselves.

Contact us at toysfortime: 01284 703071 or sales@toysfortime.co.uk.

Key benefits:

  • No need to fix to the floor (self supporting)
  • The playground is mobile and easy to move
  • It is expandable at any time
  • Has plenty of exciting and safe play activities
  • It can fit very little spaces
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning
  • No loose parts
  • Long life and sustainable solution
  • Adaptable to your colour themes and styles
  • Prices start from as little as £3,950 + Vat and delivery (2m version).


About Toys For Time

Toys for Time provide activity tables, wall panels, activity cubes and soft furnishings, both internal and outdoor. We supply hospitals, councils, retail, leisure and educational facilities in the UK and abroad from our base in Bury St. Edmunds.

We specialise in providing the very best and widest range of child-friendly activity products for businesses and commercial premises.