Here at Daybreak we have lots of working Mums who’ve all had to go through the feared process of returning back to work. It’s such a hard thing to do when all you want is to spend time with your children and make sure they get the best possible up-bringing you can offer them. Being Mums that work in nurseries, it is perhaps a little easier for us, as we know more about nursery life, the routine and we know the staff who will be taking care of our little ones but it is of course still a hard transition for both Mother and baby and one we all want to postpone as much as possible.
Over the next few weeks, as part of our #wearemumstoo campaign we’ll be talking to various Mums who have had to return to work after having their children. They will be letting us know how it felt, how their experiences went and perhaps even how they could have prepared more in order for it to be easier.
We hope these series of blog posts will be able to help you combat your journeys back into work and we would love to hear your experiences too, so please comment below if you have any stories you would like to share.
Today we will be talking to Kylie who has been working at our Rickmansworth nursery for five years. She has a 3 year old daughter Megan and has just given birth to another little bundle of joy, Georgia, so will be making the return back to work once her maternity leave is over in a few months time.
Hello Kylie and congratulations on your new baby. How does it feel to be a mother of two now?
Hello Daybreak, thank you very much. A mother of two, wow well it is still sinking in that I am responsible for two little ones. I wouldn’t have it any other way, I find it amazing how you can quickly adapt to change with a little one and the key is finding a medium to ensure spending time with both girls. We prepared our first child as much as we could in the up and coming months before our new bundle of joy arrived, which has definitely helped the smooth transition.
When you had your first baby were your intentions to always come back to work? How did you feel about the thought of returning to work having had a baby?
With regards to returning to work after my first child the answer is 100% yes. I think we would all love to be stay at home mums deep down, but I felt ready to get back into society. I think you know when you are ready when you start cooing and babbling to an adult ‘Slightly embarrassing’. I really thrive in a working environment, so it was important for me to continue my career and climb the ladder, I was very lucky to be able to have the best of both worlds by working part time so I still had that special time with my little one, I never missed any major milestones.
Did you start getting anxious about returning to work or were you able to enjoy your maternity leave?
I think everyone gets anxious about returning to work whether it be from Maternity leave, a lovely holiday in the sun or even a long weekend. Being anxious is not being aware of the unknown. With this in mind I’m very lucky because I have been working at Daybreak for a long time so I wasn’t really anxious returning to work. I was more anxious leaving my little one for the first time, the staff at daybreak made this transition very smooth and my little one settled in very quickly. Which was one less thing to worry about in the big transition of returning to work and finding childcare.
Do you think it will be easier or harder to return to work this time round?
This time around I think I will have to be more organised with timings especially with getting two little ones ready oh and myself of course. Having our new edition settled in childcare will play a big part in my return to work. To ensure a smooth transition for the three of us.
How easy did the girls at Daybreak make your return to work?
The staff at Daybreak made my return to work an easy one, working there for so long I already had a bond with everyone and they ensured my little one was happily settled which made me feel like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. All the staff at daybreak are lovely, their settling in process is great, which helped and I found my feet very quickly.
What would you advise to new mums returning to work? For example starting settles early, having various childcare options ready etc?
My advice to new mums is be prepared and organised. Make time for you and your little one because time flies and it is crazy how quickly they change and grow. Also make time for you! With your return to work make sure you are ready because if you are not, the break away from baby will be harder, which may in fact have an effect on how your baby settles into childcare. Because babies know everything you are feeling. With regards to childcare ensure it works for you so whether you decide a child minder or day nursery. Ensure you do all your relevant checks if you decide to have a child minder. If you decide you want your child in a day nursery then book some show arounds in and get as much information from the settings, like their daily routines, nutrition, information about the company, the area. Ask about their policies as in No Devices, no Shoes, exclusion periods for high temperatures/illnesses and their security policy on who can pick your child up, what security do they have in place when it’s not the regular parent/carers picking up and they arrive at the door and staff haven’t been informed, what procedures would the day nursery take before allowing the child to leave the premises. These are very importing things you need to check. If you decide on a day nursery try and have a backup carer just in case your child does come down with something. Try and book in some settles these are really important for your child to bond with their keyworker and also for you to form a bond with them to. This will help when your child’s start date gets closer and your return to work gets closer, insuring your child is settled will make your return to work smoother.
Choosing Childcare is very important. Always go with your heart, your choice has to be right for you and your little one.
I wish all you mummy’s the best of luck. X
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Kylie, we wish you and your family the best of luck over the next few months and hope your return to work in the future is as happy and successful as before.