Balancing home schooling and working


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COVID-19 has changed our homes and the way we work and live. There are many different circumstances that will bring their own unique challenges – for example, you may be living alone, in a shared home, with or without children. This information sheet is aimed at those working from home with school aged children.

Whilst key workers are permitted to keep their children in school, many have been asked by schools only to only do so if absolutely necessary. You may have chosen to keep your children at home for other reasons. Along with the general stresses of working differently, managing to keep your children healthy, entertained and up-to-date with schoolwork while they are at home can be a lot of added pressure. While this was originally written for NHS staff, it is suitable for people in any industry affected by COVID-19.

The guide is broken up into multiple short sections with advice on coping with both work and your children’s needs. It includes:

  • tips on how to discuss your childcare arrangement with your line manager,
  • understanding your feelings of sadness, anger or guilt and managing them,
  • advice on how to help your children understand you need work time, and
  • links to further information, such as coping with menopause or domestic abuse while working from home.

You can choose to make an account on the Our NHS People site, even if you do not work for the NHS. This allows you to track your progress through this guide and many others, and lets you return to the place you left off if you have to stop part way through a section. Click here to create an account or log in. However, you do not need to make an account to access it if you’d prefer not to.

To see the full list of guides available from Our NHS People, click here.

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