How much should a parent pay for nurseries in London ?
Living in London is one the most exciting things I have done, before having my daughter of course, however as fact of life I will not be the first or the last to say that, but indeed things have changed since having a baby; and especially in London…….
Well before having a baby girl, being in London for me; meant being in one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world, meeting new people, new cultures, new cuisines just by moving areas. Soho is where I have worked for many years, eating out, going out and letting the night takes it stroll was my routine.
Nerveless as a new mum, things have changed of course and the night has taken its stroll in a very different way…..but a new mum in London has a different experience than other places, reason being London is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
First of all, the maternity leave is one of the shortest one, three months only as full pay (depends on companies of course), and unfortunately you have to go back to work, knowing that your new born baby will be apart from you at the age of 4 months. And apart from the emotional stress, you will go through financial one too as the nursery will cost you a big part of your salary.
Most of people have to do it, as many new families who live in London are building a life at a cost, there is big demands of space in nurseries,and the prices keep rising.
My concern and reason for writing this, is about the lack of anybody doing anything about it, government is depriving the two most important years of attachment between a baby and his mother for the cost of business needs.
Any society has certain ideology system and I am well aware of the fact that I live in be capitalistic one but I do believe that the system should work for the people, the nation, but may be I am a dreamer.
But in reality, there is nations out there who have a lot of capitalistic ideologies but they haven’t missed out on the importance of those first two years bond between mother and child.
what I am trying to say, is that you can live in a Europe but with a little more socialist system, Scandinavia, is a living example of that, they value family culture and they have the longest maternity leave, even paternity leave in the world.
In my opinion, there is two issues here:
- Short maternity leave
- Extremely expensive nurseries (mainly London)
Whether the system should be flexible about maternity leave, or the prices of nurseries should be more reasonable, mine personally is £986 a month, and that is a good price in East London.