Becoming a parent: Returning to work

There is a lot for those on parental leave to consider before making the choice to come back to the classroom. Here, four teachers share their experiences

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Welcome to the childcare jungle

By the time I returned to work after six months of maternity leave, it felt as though my husband and I had explored every possible permutation of childcare: nursery, childminders, au pairs, nannies, family, kibbutz-style crèche collectives. Much of this exploration had happened before our child was even born.

It was a stressful process: each time a nursery asked for a name to preregister my child in exchange for a non-refundable £200 fee, I wanted to shout, “He doesn’t have a name, you money-grabbing fiends! He hasn’t even been born yet.”

Despite the seeming ...

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