Going back to work
2nd February 2016
Over half of Mothers who have children under 3 are working Mums. You have to do what is right for your family, which usually means making sure you can put food on the table, clothes on their back and a roof over their heads.
It’s a big worry having to juggle returning to work alongside your important parenting skills, but fret not, many mums are in the same boat and can offer advice and comforting words. Check out forums such as NetMums or even twitter for like-minded Mummies.
We’ve also got some tips and tricks for you, so read on to hopefully find some piece of mind for your future childcare woes.
- First things first you need to have a clear idea on what kind of childcare you want. Some parents are lucky enough to have accommodating Grandparents but if not, you might be going down the Day Nursery, Nanny or Childminder route. We advise you start thinking about your options as soon as possible, maybe even before baby is born (because lets face it you won’t have time once little one is here).
- Once you know your childcare options, make sure you plan visits to the setting before making rash decisions. You have to feel comfortable leaving your child in the care of somebody else and imagine if you were a week away from returning to work and you realise you personally don’t feel happy with the child care you’ve picked, nightmare!!
- Equally your little one needs to feel comfortable too. Not all children like nursery daycare or you may find their not challenged enough or really benefit from a sole charge nanny. Start your settles into your child care options early so you can access the situation in plenty of time and use a plan B if necessary.
- Have a plan B! Always look at other options. Research local nurseries, child minders and nannies so you know you have other possibilities if needed in the future.
- Think about what you might do if and when your child is ill. Starting a new setting often brings lots of new germs. It may be worth starting them a couple of weeks early into their childcare setting so you are still around to pick them up if necessary. (You may also pick up any bugs they bring home and you don’t want to be calling in sick on your first week back, awkward!).
- Remember things will improve. Your little one may cause a fuss when you first leave them in their new setting but it usually only takes 2-3 weeks before they settle down and feel truly comfortable. Try to remain positive as your anxieties will transfer to baby.
- If possible talk to your work place about flexible hours in order to take into consideration your child care needs. You never know, if they are aware of the situation they may be more understanding when issues do arrive.
- Remember its not just down to you. Your partner needs to be involved too and equally needs to feel happy and comfortable where your baby is being looked after day to day. Involve them in the process, let them visit the childcare setting and make it understood that he may need to take time off work to help settle them into the setting or to look after them when they are sick.
Remember Mums, its not easy and things don’t always go to plan. Here at Daybreak Nurseries we have a lot of working Mummies who are going to share their experiences of returning to work on here over the next few weeks as part of our #wearemumstoo campaign. Please remember to come back and read their experiences I’m sure their will be tears, tantrums and of course lots of smiles too.
Good Luck if you are returning to work soon, you can comment below telling us how you felt going back to work or equally tweet us at @DBNurseries using the #wearemumstoo