Just as one campaign finishes to raise money for @pandas_uk , another one starts! #MaternityExtension !
We've been talking a lot with the fab group of mamas asking the government to extend maternity leave by 3 months.
There are many views on this topic, but the key points for us are (and are relevant not only to those coming of maternity leave, but all working parents):
1) How can parents return to work where there are any/sufficient nursery provisions, especially where they haven't been able to view them, and their child hasn't been around others for months
2) How can parents return to work if they were expecting grandparents to support with childcare and now they need to find extra money to fund childcare
3) How can parents return to work - a huge transitional period - on the back of the huge impacts Covid-19 has had on their family, and potentially with a baby on their knee whilst working - many are finding themselves discriminated against as understandably they can't work as well as those without a family in this situation.
So we are working with the House of Commons Petitions Committee to highlight these issues, the impacts it is having on the mental health of parents, and therefore their children - and the impacts this is likely to have for this generation of babies into their future. These are formative years.
We are also talking with them about how to make the baby and toddler class market sustainable throughout this period. Because classes are so important for the development and socialisation of babies, as well as the mental wellness of parents.
Please do support this campaign. If not for yourself or your family, for the economy - more info in bio link
Emily x - 12 hours ago