Alison Folland - UK
On the 20th March 2020 schools closed. My husband and I are key workers, but our daughter’s (3) nursery closed to everyone on the 23rd, and with fears of how covid could affect children we removed our son (5) from Reception and kept them at home. Like many parents we juggled home schooling with full time work. It meant 5am starts and midnight finishes in an effort to do both. We are lucky, we live in a lovely village. We created a basic timetable and each week had a theme; space, pirates, VE Day, nature. We walked, climbed trees, biked, scooted, gardened, played dress up, made dens, baked, cooked, read, practiced writing and maths, drew, did crafts, explored our village and Film Friday became my nap time! Nearly 11 weeks later with more confidence that catching covid was unlikely to badly affect our children and with the nursery reopening, Folland School closed and both children went back to school and nursery. I look back on that time with awe that we all survived it, jobs and sanity intact. But also with gratitude that we were able to make the most of this time together.