workingmums.co.uk has launched a short survey about your experience of this lockdown.
How are you finding lockdown this time around? Are you sending your kids to school? How is homeschooling 2.0? Are you worried about losing your job due to childcare issues and have you been able to get furloughed for childcare reasons?
workingmums.co.uk is running a short survey to check in to see how parents are managing this time around. Anecdotal evidence suggests the schools closure is hitting parents harder this time around, although schools are reporting many parents are still sending their children in and claiming to be key workers.
There is also a lot more of a spotlight on furlough for childcare reasons. The guidance allows this, but last time around many parents were turned down by their employers and early evidence from the TUC suggests the same is happening this time. They are calling for more promotion of furlough for childcare reasons and a right to be protected from redundancy if you are on furlough for childcare reasons.
This time around there are also childcare bubbles and extended support bubbles and nurseries and childminders are still able to operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
workingmums.co.uk’s last survey, however, showed around a quarter of parents who had lost their jobs during the pandemic felt childcare was the reason. Will this happen again this time around or will stressed employers be understanding? The anecdotal evidence seems to suggest many do understand the pressures and are trying to be flexible, but significant numbers are not. We heard from one mum who said: “I am currently on two weeks parental leave, as I have three kids of different ages to home school. I have asked to go on furlough as I just can’t see how I can manage it all this time around and work. It is too much.”
If you can, please do take part by clicking here. It should take less than two minutes and your answers will help to inform our work with employers and policymakers.