The Government has announced an extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme...read more
It’s nearly two weeks into the school holidays and the weather has been not exactly summery. So how are you covering the summer and when you do take time off how are you keeping the kids entertained on a budget?
We asked Workingmums readers and summer childcare provision ranges from holiday clubs to sharing childcare with grandparents and partners with some overlapping time off together to having older teenage kids looking after younger siblings.
On summer activities there were a large number of suggestions.
One mum, Fazia Ahmed, suggested the following: “Make a day of fruit and vegetable smoothies. Bake a cake. Clean the house windows. Race to the park and back..the list just goes on. It’s about keeping them occupied and setting a challenge. As long as I can save money in the two weeks that I keep them busy at home, week three and four I will treat them to bowling and play golf in the 3rd week and the 4th week I will take them swimming and rock climbing.”
Another parent, Lou Judd, went with a series of challenges and lucky dips. These range from stargazing and whistling through a blade of grass to jumping in puddles, playing drums with kitchen bowls and utensils. She adds: “Most do not involve money and I have also added in some school-related learning like having to tell the time all day, guessing how long a minute is with one child stop watching it, etc. The list also includes cuddles, movie nights and building a den and Lego skyscrapers.”
Amna Zia is from London. She suggests going to all the parks and museums and playing in the Southbank Centre fountains. Other suggestions include matching the (clean) socks, scavenger hunts (finding all the toys from under sofa, behind tables, beds etc) and role playing ‘Cinderella’ and tidying the bedroom. She says that as a reward the child can dress up in the role play costume.
What are your suggestions? Email us at email@example.com.