Extended maternity leave

Allow new mums/dads/parents extended maternity leave (with some sort of financial support) to allow new mums to attend bookbugs etc.. I have had a baby in January and have not had any other contact with new parents or children. I am very worried about my child's development and I am due to return to work in January. My other concern is securing childcare once I do return to work as if nurseries must enforce social distancing then there will be no space for her.

Why the contribution is important

New parent and working mum

by Stefanie on May 05, 2020 at 01:17PM

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Average rating: 4.3
Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by Myleenie00 May 06, 2020 at 00:56

    I believe parents and children would benefit from this as our children have been away from family and other people for so long now that it will be difficult for them to settle either with family or in a childcare setting. I'm due back to work 29th May and my youngest is 8 months old. She was very clingy before all this and I dread to think how she'll cope being with someone she doesn't know. Theres also the risk factor of one of us bringing the virus home.
  • Posted by LauraJones May 06, 2020 at 11:46

    I go back in july. My son hasnt had contact with anyone except me and his sister for months. He isnt ready to start nursery because of this. Not to me tion the bonding iv not been able to do because I'm trying to homeschool his older sister
  • Posted by Pinkucaro May 06, 2020 at 12:00

    For those who have just started maternity leave (my baby is 5 weeks) I don’t think it is important to extend maternity leave in the grand scheme of all other problems we are facing. However, for those who are due back to work soon, it might be reasonable for the reasons listed above
  • Posted by loulou May 07, 2020 at 09:59

    Due to finances I'm not able to take the full year of maternity. If I was able to have atleast 3 extra paid months of maternity allowing me the full year then I would hopefully be able to attend baby groups, meet my family, meet my antenatal group and just have the normal maternity experience. I feel cheated out of a maternity because while my family are struggling financially on statutory pay when my work mates are all working from home. Something I could do with a newborn and get full pay.the issue with that is if workplaces open back up I wouldn't be able to go back and wouldn't be able to go back on maternity. I am finding it really hard to imagine going back to work in September with my baby's entire life being in lockdown. I am also unable to register my child in a nursery with them all being closed so not sure how I would go back to work.
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