The work from home life has grown significantly since the recent pandemic, meaning everything is now completed from the comfort of your own space. However, whilst this comes with many benefits such as a little extra sleep every morning and no commute, it also comes with a few challenges, such as taking care of little ones when they are not at school.
The good news is, with a little creativity and planning, you can create an engaging environment where your child can thrive and stay occupied while you work. Below is some advice from this nursery in Tooting Bec, on how to keep your child busy while you work.
Create an engaging space
The first step to keeping your child busy while you work, is designating a special area that is filled with age-appropriate activities. Ensure that these activities capture your child’s attention, as the aim is to keep them entertained whilst you work. Keep this space filled with a variety of toys, puzzles, colouring books, and other interactive activities that your child enjoys taking part in.
To make this area more exciting, consider incorporating different themes that align with your child’s interests. Whether it’s a space for them to build their Lego, a crafts corner, or a cosy reading nook, a well-designed activity space will ensure your child stays distracted for long periods of time. Don’t forget to communicate the rules and expectations you have of your child during this time, and reward them for the times that they get on with their activities independently.
Educational screen time
Whilst there is a lot of controversy around leaving children in front of a screen, the truth is, that it is what they watch and how long they watch it for that is the concern. Embrace the endless educational apps, games and tv shows that help your child develop skills and gain knowledge.
Choose content that aligns with your child’s interests, such as a documentary on space, or a TV show that discusses cars. There are also plenty of games that teach simple skills such as counting, reading and problem solving, which can support their classroom learning. Don’t forget to set time limits and monitor the content your child engages with along the way.
Finding ways to keep your child busy whilst you work may seem difficult at first, however, with some planning and a whole lot of creativity, you will find your child happily getting on with their tasks, providing you with the opportunity to get your own done too.