When it comes to returning to work after having children, I’m sure you have your questions about how it’s going to work, and that’s perfectly normal. We have parents calling us all the time, trying to juggle the work and childcare balance. So here at Kiddykare we decided to write this blog post to answer some of those questions, but to also let you know that you’re not alone.
When is the best time to return to work?
I think this question has a different answer for everyone. There will never be a time when it will be an easy transition with no hiccups, however, on this one, trust your instinct. Maybe you had a planned amount of time you were going to take off, but that doesn’t work for you anymore; or maybe you want to go back to work sooner than you thought, that’s ok too.
Here at KiddyKare we believe that if you’ve made the right decision for you, there is nothing to worry about.
So, now you’ve decided to return to work; what about childcare?
This is one of the key decisions you must make when returning to work. Should I use a Nursery, a childminder, a family member or a nanny? There are so many options that it can get a little overwhelming. After talking with lots of parents, the top three things you need to do appear to us to be;
1. Explore every option
Weigh up the pro’s and con’s of each option, and then pick the option you feel most happy and comfortable with.
2. Start to think about this sooner rather than later
Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute. As most childcare options get booked up fast, we wouldn’t want you to miss out of your favourite one. This could also help to make it a far less stressful experience.
3. Be sure to have a back-up plan
Have a plan B just in case your chosen option one doesn’t work out for you. We really wouldn’t want you to be left with any option at all.
Next, let’s sort out your work life.
We want to keep the transition as smooth as possible, but also as exciting as possible. We know you’ll miss spending everyday with your child/children but just think how much fun they’ll be having, experiencing new things with their new friends every day.
To make this transition as smooth as possible, we suggest having trial days with your childcare option of choice before you start back to work. This makes it less stressful for you, as by the time you start work, you are happy that your child is settled and happy.
You will also need to think about the hours you’re able to work. You may even be you’re able to work shorter days, or work from home occasionally. Luckily for everyone, the UK is becoming more positive about providing flexible working patterns for people who sometimes need the flexibility in their working week. Also, don’t forget to check out funding options and childcare vouchers that you may be eligible for to help with monthly costs.
Once you’ve sorted out your work pattern and settled with your new childcare option, it’s time to start work. This is probably the scariest part, what if you’ve forgotten everything you ever knew? What if you don’t know anyone anymore? Don’t worry. All these things come with time. Give it a couple of weeks and you’ll be back into the swing of things. Alongside a couple of other new colleagues who were probably feeling the same as you.
Lastly, let’s make sure to keep a good work/life balance.
Remember the first couple of months may be hard while you try to create a schedule and there will be a bit of trial and error. However, once you’ve got into the rhythm of it, you’ll be back into the swing of family time on the weekends. Just remember that doesn’t always have to mean busy days out. Your children will appreciate time with you, whether that’s a day trip to the seaside or a walk around the local park.
Also, please remember that if you ever need any help finding your perfect role, just give us a call on 01628675828. We are always here to help with friendly advice or just a quick chat.