Returning to work after maternity leave

Since April 2007 most mothers have had the option of a full twelve months maternity leave from work. This has allowed them to really bond with their child but when the time comes to return to work it can be a harrowing experience. Following the birth of a baby it is only natural that a mother will not want to leave her child but sometimes it is a necessity for a mother to work.

Even if the mother has chosen, herself, to go back to work, it does not take away the upset at having to leave her baby. Many mothers will actually feel guilty about this and that is why it is so important to make good childcare arrangements to help alleviate some of that guilt. If you know that your child is getting the best possible care while you are away then you will have much more peace of mind.

It is estimated that three and a quarter million families in the UK use childcare. It is only natural for parents to worry about their children so it is important you find a childcare facility or childminder that both you and your child are really comfortable with. You need to find a place that has the same thoughts on child care as yourself. Ask plenty of questions when choosing and then make an informed decision.

Also, assess your child’s reactions when you drop them off for the day. If your child is happy they will be eager to get there and be looking forward to the day’s activities. You will know then that they are in safe hands. Also remember that when you spend time away from your child, the time you do spend together can be so much better. This is the positive side to leaving your child for the day.


1 comment to Returning to work after maternity leave

  • It’s quite difficult choosing a nursery for your little one. There are so many factors like will they fit in with the other children, will they miss you (the parent), will the staff treat them well at ALL times (not just when you’re around). Personally, it terrifies me to leave my children with any of my family let alone a stranger! I know it has to be done, but I just don’t think any nursery will meet my standards…

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