Returning to work after Maternity leave

Returning to work after Maternity leave

Once your gorgeous little baby reaches a certain age , you will begin to think about going back to work, the onset of the end of Maternity pay will also not help.

You may have a job to return to, which will require you to think about childcare, a nursery will probably be most parents first port of call, however with the increasing prices of good nurseries that offer all the needs for your baby, although they may be the cheapest, they may not be the most convenient option. You may be lucky enough to have a very good one in close proximity to your home, however if you don’t the journey to and from the nursery can be tiring and stressful to you all.

A nanny may be your idea of an unaffordable luxury, one to one care for your baby, within your own home, someone not only stimulating your baby with fun organized activities, but making sure they get sufficient rest time in their own beds, preparing home cooked meals for them ( and if you’re lucky some may be left over for you!) keeping all your child’s clothes washed and ironed, toys all tidied away at the end of the day, your baby bathed and ready for bed, nice and relaxed ready for mummy or daddy at the end of the day. Having your house occupied in the day is also useful if you’re expecting deliveries or need little errands running. Surely all this must come at a huge cost?? well, yes it’s not cheap but then neither are good nurseries, a nanny may not cost as much as you think though.

Many Nurturing Nannies are Ofsted registered, which means you are able to use your childcare vouchers in the same way as you can for a nursery to save you money.

London Nannies cost from £480 – £750 a week including tax and NI ( this is for a 50 hour week, approx 8:30-6:30) costs are dependent on the nannies experience/qualifications

Do you have a spare room? maybe you could consider a live in nanny? £415 – £580 a week including tax and NI

Parents who work from home

Some parents are lucky enough to beable to work from home, however having tried working only through the babies nap times, they soon realize juggling babies/house/work isn’t easy and they need extra help.

Kelly George (owner of PA Direct online) is a recent client of Nurturing Nannies. She has worked from home throughout her pregnancy with her virtual assistant business providing remote service to small and medium enterprises. When her baby boy was born , she managed to keep working until the time came that her son went from sleeping most of the day to just one nap a day. Kelly no longer was able to put enough working hours into her day to enable her to deal with all her clients demands. As her salary was very varied she worried she wouldn’t be able to afford a live out nanny.

When Kelly called we talked her through her options and she decided a live out Mother’s help would be perfect.

What is a Mother’s Helper?
A Mother’s Helper essentially helps out a stay-at-home parent or a family needing extra help while they are home. A Mother’s Helper mostly works under some supervision to handle all aspects of child care, errands, easy meal preparation and light house work. Because of the varied duties and because an adult is often in the home as well, the role is different than that of a nanny, babysitter or in-home provider.

Day-to-day duties may vary with a Mother’s Helper, as the more accurate job description will be do “perform duties as per the family’s needs.” This job is very flexible, may be either part-time or full-time, live in or live out, may include babysitting on occasion (when the helper is in sole charge), and may be an hourly or salaried position.

Typically, the role of a Mother’s Helper is held by young women who may aspire to move into other child care positions in the future. A growing use of a Mother’s Helper is for parents who telecommute (work from home), home-school children, or have a home-based business. While a Mother’s Helper usually has babysitting experience, no qualifications are required to perform the job. They should however hold a first aid certificate and be have an enhanced CRB.

A Mother’s helper will cost you £ 120 – £250 a week this is for approx 40 hour week