The Work + Family Space


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The Work + Family Space is a University benefit for all employees that offers access to emergency back-up childcare and adultcare, a 'speak to an expert' phone line, and a wide range of guides and webinars.

Access to the services, phone lines and web guidance is free for University employees, but you will need to meet the costs of any care that you book.

The Work + Family Space is provided by My Family Care, a part of Bright Horizons

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Holiday Club Discounts

If you are looking for longer-term support during the holidays, you have access to discounts at nationwide providers. Find details under Offers on your Work & Family Space.

Once you've registered with the Work+Family Space, you can arrange telephone consultations with a range of experts who can help you with work+family challenges. Examples of topics covered include:

  • Adult and eldercare challenges, such as exploring care options, caring at a distance, covering the costs of care
  • Child development issues
  • Combining work and caring responsibilities

Not sure where to start? Download our step-by-step guide for accessing the Speak to an Expert service: Speak to an Expert: How to guide (PDF)


A library of invaluable, detailed guides makes it easy for you to access the right information on a range of work+family issues, from thinking about starting a family to finding care or arranging power of attorney for an elderly relative.


Upcoming Webinar

You will find regular webinars on a range of family related issues.

Webinar library

The Work+Family Space hosts a library of webinars, which is regularly added to, covering a broad range of work+family topics, helping working parents and carers combine work and family life. For example:

For parents For carers
  • Understanding neural difference
  • My Old Man (Parenting in later life)
  • Choosing Schools: What, When, Why?
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • Caring from a Distance
  • Resilience for Carers
  • Caring & Your Career: Keeping Work and Home on Track
  • Co-operation in Caring

As well as webinars for everyone such as

  • Performing under pressure, the neuroscience of stress management
  • Mindfulness for busy professionals



You can access a series of questions and answers, plus regular webinars, exploring parenthood and successfully combining work+family, from the perspective of dads. is the UK’s largest community of parents, childcare providers and private tutors. Access through the Work+Family Space enables you to create a free advert for childcare and tutoring needs and to search the database of childcarers, tutors and household help. You’ll also be able to look at reviews, contact other families to find out more information or ask questions, and use secure messaging with prospective care providers without disclosing personal details.

What’s included?

  • Babysitters
  • Nannies
  • Registered Childminders
  • Nurseries
  • Private Tutors
  • Household Help

Simply choose the type of childcare you’re looking for and enter your postcode to see a list of local childcare providers.

How do I sign up?

Download the app from the app store and register using your work email address to qualify for enhanced access: (iOS) (Android)


By registering with the Work+Family Space you can find out about all these care options

Childcare discounts available

Save 10% off standard nursery fees with Bright Horizons plus free registration.

Nanny Tax

Perfect for working professionals looking for help managing nannies' finances, admin, and more


The Tinies team can support your family in locating a permanent nanny, ensuring they match your needs. All checks are undertaken by Tinies. Save 10% on your first in-home permanent childcare placement.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offer adults of all ages, regardless of their health or medical needs, the expert care and support they need to live independently at home.  Save 5% on your home care package now


Find out more

Download a presentation explaining more about Work+Family Space's services  MFC introduction (PDF)


To access the Work + Family benefit, you need to register at 

You will need to provide a bit of information, including:

  • your SSO username (dept1234) and
  • your employee number, which you will find on your payslip or through HR Self-Service.

This information is required in order for you to be verified as an employee of the University. You only need to provide these details when you first register, after which you can create a personal login.

Work+Family Space registration page

Having problems logging in? See the FAQs page.

Family leave 

Maternity, Adoption, Paternity, & Shared Parental Leave and Pay and flexible working schemes



To register visit the Work+Family Space website 

You will need your:

  • SSO username (eg abcd1234)
  • employee number (on your payslip)

Log in

Work+Family Space Log-in

Contact the Work+Family Space


Phone: 0345 241 5306

Promotional materials

You can download the following materials to use locally: