8 Jul 2019

The school holiday conundrum for parents

From Nine To Noon, 9:46 am on 8 July 2019
the text school holidays made from modelling clay of different colors and some beach toys such as toy shovels and sand moulds, on a rustic wooden surface

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It's day one of the school holidays and for a lot of parents, making sure the kids are cared for over the next two weeks will have involved a great deal of co-ordination and juggling. There's always school holiday programmes and the range offered up these days seems endless. But they can be expensive. Glenda Hopkins helps run 4 kids and whanau in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore.

Glenda tells Kathryn about how they're doing something that's a bit different to ease the burden on parents in their community. Jarrod Haar, a professor of human resource management at AUT has helped research the impact of school holidays on working mums - is it time for employers to step up and offer more flexibility?