Juggling work and childcare when working from home

Parents are More2Nurseries share below what it was like trying to work from home and juggle childcare during lockdown. It is a tough balance.  The good news for anyone currently home working but struggling with childcare is we are open and here to help. Whether it's half or full days or you would like to explore our flexible creche.

 

James - Website Design Agency Owner. 100% Working from home

James - Website Design Agency Owner. 100% Working from home

When the nursery was closed, we were each working 8 hours a day and doing 8 hours childcare a day. It's hard to know how we managed during lockdown. Since More2 has reopened we and the whole family have been incalculably happier. Seb and Evie were both much happier when nursery opened again. It's also so clear how quickly their development benefited from being back in the care of professionals - especially Evie's walking and Seb's talking. It's been great to see.

Stuart - Financial Services.  Full-time working from home

Stuart - Financial Services. Full-time working from home

During lockdown our employers were understanding with the demands of childcare and work commitments. However, we would not both have been able to continue work without the nursery opening. Our daughter benefited having a gradual introduction into attending nursery full time. She is secure, happy and lavished with attention and developing and learning new things every day.

Danielle - CEO Advertising Agency

Danielle - CEO Advertising Agency

The nursery re-opening meant fully returning to work after maternity leave would be far less stressful than having to juggle an 8 month old and work. It's, frankly, a lifesaver. I was able to have the headspace to work and not worry that we were juggling childcare between us and work. You can't do both well. It wasn't sustainable, and we were lucky that part of lockdown I was on maternity leave.

Parents working in the Finance and Energy Sector. Currently 100% working from home

Parents working in the Finance and Energy Sector. Currently 100% working from home

The nursery re-opening helped us substantially - we were both working from home during lockdown, which was very difficult with our son around, and we both felt much more productive and less stressed when he returned to nursery. We felt that our son started to make real progress when he switched to the his new room - it seems that he gained confidence by watching older children and we're seeing great improvement in his speech.

Abi - Maritime HSSE Manager, David - Data Center Management

Abi - Maritime HSSE Manager, David - Data Center Management

The nursery re-opening helped us Immensely. We found it impossible for us both to work full time from home with James at home. Abi took leave and unpaid parental leave to look after James and worked reduced hours with the permission of her company. We got back to both working full time and less stress. Since returning to nursery it is good to see James stretched and tired, engaged with others, having fun, eating and sleeping well. We are seeing his language skills develop since back at nursery.

Wioletta, Investment Products, Risk& Controls Manager

Wioletta, Investment Products, Risk& Controls Manager

We are both full time professionals so it's very important to have our children in the nursery in our working hours 9-5. With the nursery open, our work can be managed in much less stressful and more efficient way. Our children are happy to be among their peers, having play time and seem to have settled very well.

Jessica - Solicitor, Alex - Security Consultant. 100% working from home

Jessica - Solicitor, Alex - Security Consultant. 100% working from home

Neither of us were furloughed during lockdown and so both working from home full time whilst looking after Thomas became too difficult. We had to move in with Alex’s parents so we had help with childcare. The nursery reopening allowed us to return home and continue to work from there. Over lockdown Thomas lost interest in playing with children. At the start he was trying to run up and play in the park and we would stop him. Towards the end of lockdown he was avoiding the other children and had no interest in even waving at them. Since returning to nursery this has improved again and his interest in other children has grown again.

Justine - NHS radiotherapy physicist, Phil Structural engineer

Justine - NHS radiotherapy physicist, Phil Structural engineer

As I am a key worker we started using the lockdown nursery only for a few days before the nursery fully opened. However my youngest was really struggling and when the nursery fully re-opened he really benefited from the expertise and experience of the specialist Rollers staff. My eldest’s behaviour and confidence in socialising with other children has really improved. He was very well prepared for starting school. I think he actually benefited from the smaller bubbles.

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