Childcare

Returning to work

Balancing home and work

Keeping connected

More information

Working overseas

Parents and Carers Gateway

The Department is actively promoting a family friendly environment, and encourages a good work-life balance whether you have family or caring responsibilities or not. As part of this inclusive approach the Department offers part time, flexible working and teleworking policies, as well as University policies on family leave (maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave).

The intention of this page is to provide you with links to all the information and resources, in one place, which may be useful to you if you are considering starting a family, are expecting, are new parents or have children of any age or if you are a carer. This page also provides you with a link to ParentsNet, an MSD forum for parents to share their experiences and find a place to exchange goods and ideas alike.

Please click on the appropriate icon below for university guidance including information on qualification criteria, entitlements, timelines, support and benefits.

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Information for carers

 Childcare

Childcare Services - Includes information on nurseries, salary sacrifice scheme, childcare vouchers, tax free childcare and holiday playschemes.

University Nurseries - Includes information on University nurseries, applications, visits and allocation procedures. Staff who have used the University Nurseries recommend that, if you would like to use one of these nurseries, to get your name down whilst you are pregnant, or at the earliest opportunity, as the waiting lists are long.

Holiday Playschemes - The university works in partnership with various playscheme providers to support families during school holiday periods.

Emergency childcare - It can be extremely difficult when your childcare arrangements breakdown, for whatever reason. At NDM we understand how challenging this can be. Some of our staff have recommended the childcare agency Tinies for emergency childcare at short notice, as they have a team of experienced, screened and qualified emergency nannies. If there are any other agencies that you have found useful please just let us know.

 

Returning to work

Returning Carers Fund - The Returning Carers' Fund is a small grants scheme intended to support the return to research of women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities to help them to re-establish their research careers.

Childcare Vouchers - Computershare Childcare Vouchers can be used for registered childcare facilities such as non-University nursery fees, before and after school clubs, holiday play schemes, child-minders, nannies and crèche facilities including swimming pools, gyms and supermarkets.

Return to Work Interviews - It can be very helpful to have a meeting with your line manager and/or HR team when you are planning your return to work after a period of leave. It is a good opportunity to talk about your options and the support mechanisms available.

 

Balancing home and work

Family friendly policies - NDM is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices

Work-life balance - information on barriers, issues and support as well as a work-life balance booklet.

Flexible working and part time working - information on types of flexible working, how to apply and case studies.

Women in Science podcasts - Women speak candidly about their career and life experiences, including issues such as career pathways, funding challenges, work and life balance, mentorship, and career progression.

In her footsteps - In this podcast series, leading women in the Department interview each other about their inspiration for pursuing research, as well as how they balance the demands of work with their home and family lives, and their interests and pursuits outside the lab.

 

Keeping connected

Contact - You may wish to keep in touch with your unit and team whilst on leave so you know of any changes or developments that take place whilst you are away. Some staff have said they have found this helps them to feel more connected on their return to work.

KIT days - provides details about the keeping in touch days, your entitlements and payments.

ParentsNet - a forum that is run through the Medical Sciences Division for parents to share their experiences and find a place to exchange goods and ideas alike.

 

More information

NDM's Athena SWAN - find out about Athena SWAN within NDM, our initiatives and plans.

Family friendly policies - The Nuffield Department of Medicine is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment. The University of Oxford recognises the demands on work life balance and offers a range of family friendly policies and practices

New to the UK - for new members of staff who are coming to work for the University from overseas to help you with many practical issues, including information about schools and doctors.

Oxfordshire Family Information Services - for a wide breadth of information, resources and support available to parents and carers.

 

Working overseas

Being a parent or carer whilst working overseas, whether your dependants are with you or not, can be quite a different experience. We would recommend that you speak to your unit for guidance and information or if you have any queries at all. Personnel Services also provide some general guidance for those who are considering working overseas for a short or long term basis.

 

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