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Workplace truly family-friendly.

Byline: By Nick Whitten

For many the thought of having to juggle motherhood and a busy working life may seem too much to contend with but staff at a Newcastle nursery are becoming somewhat expert at it.

More than eight staff at Forest Hall Day Nursery have had children over the past few years and another employee is due to give birth later in the year.

The majority have been able to overcome the dilemma facing many new mothers by quite literally taking their children to work with them.

With encouragement and assistance from company management, many children of staff are now enrolled at Forest Hall Day Nursery, including Elliot, two, and Ethan, seven months, whose mother Jane Batey is assistant principal.

There is also Ellie, three, and Rhys, one, children of assistant principal Paula Dodds, and two-year-old Kian, whose mother is senior nursery officer Melanie Barrass.

Jane said: "We are very lucky to bring our children to work and this enables us to in effect have the best of both worlds.

"As nursery staff, we have more than 60 youngsters to care for daily, and so that each child receives equal attention, our own children are taught by other qualified members of staff in different classroom areas. This greatly improves their interaction and communication skills.

"It also gives huge reassurance to other parents that as mothers, we too are 100% safe in the knowledge that our own children are being very well educated and looked after.

"Juggling motherhood and work is certainly a dilemma which the majority of mothers go through.

"We all want to give our children undivided care and attention, especially in the early years, yet simultaneously maintain a level of independence.

"Guilt is probably one of the main emotions that working mothers have to deal with initially, and this is apparent when new parents leave their children at nursery for the very first time.

"As mothers, we completely understand this so offer advice and assistance in every way we can."

"But once they see their children socialising with other youngsters, their progress and personal development, and how they really enjoy the whole nursery experience, it becomes much, much easier and very rewarding."

Located in Springfield Park, off Station Road, Forest Hall Day Nursery is currently enrolling for children aged from 0-5 years old.

For details on places available, contact nursery principal Donna Thompson on (0191) 266 2545.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2006
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