Koru Kids has conducted London’s biggest parent survey during the COVID-19 pandemic, for those with children in primary school. An overwhelming response from over 1,500 parents demonstrated just how keen parents are to be heard.

We’ve been so excited to share the results with you. We hope it'll help you understand how other parents in your borough and across London have been feeling about sending their kids back to school, childcare and how much homeschooling has really been happening.

Keep reading to find out what parents think near you…

What to do about childcare?

Parents are finding it difficult to plan their childcare especially now that only half of parents who previously relied on family help are happy to continue to do so – likely due to safety concerns.

35% of parents surveyed relied on after school clubs but with precautions in place to prevent groups of children closely interacting, lots of after school clubs won’t be running come the new school year, and many haven’t given clarity on whether they will open or not. Parents have told us that with the “lack of strong [government] directive”, they can’t make firm plans.

So, it’s unsurprising that more than one third of families are now going to rethink their after school childcare plans, with 33% saying they will consider a part-time nanny.

If you’re panicking about summer childcare, you’re not alone. Parents are still working over the summer and many are choosing not to take holidays abroad this year. 22% of parents usually rely on summer clubs, so if they aren’t running too, families may be finding themselves in a sticky situation over the holidays – much like after school clubs, parents really need clarity on what will be open.

Back to school?

If everything goes to plan and schools reopen in September, which most parents are confident they will, 87% of parents across London will be sending their children.

Only 13% of parents reported that they’re choosing not to send their children back to school come September. This was primarily due to safety concerns and 41% of these parents believing that schools will be an unwelcoming environment to send their kids back to. Before the summer however, of those who had the opportunity to have their children in school 34% weren’t. Seemingly far more parents will be comfortable to have their kids back in a school environment come September, with families “hopeful things will be much better” by then – referring to levels of COVID-19.

Homeschooling

Less than 3 hours of homeschooling a day has been happening over lockdown. It’s the same picture across London where 86% of parents are juggling working alongside homeschooling. The results show what we’ve always known – it’s too much to ask of working parents – they simply can’t be a full-time teacher and work full-time too.

But there are lots of factors at play from juggling working from home, lack of childcare, stress, lack of resources like laptops and space in the home, and much more. Recent research from The Office for National Statistics found that a vast number of parents put the minimal hours of homeschooling simply down to lack of motivation, the BBC reported.

Whilst many parents have found homeschooling tough, others have found that their children have flourished outside of a school environment. One family in particular told us about how much they were loving “relaxed” child-led learning, which consisted of “learning in the morning and outings in the afternoon”. They wanted to make it clear that they're in a lucky position, where they’re not worrying about work on top of homeschooling.

64% of families were pleased with the work their children had been receiving from their school, but many fear their children are behind where they should be. This was especially true where both parents were working throughout lockdown and couldn't devote large amounts of time to homeschooling.

It’s clear that the summer of 2020 will be unlike any other. 53% of parents have said that they’ll be helping their children with formal schoolwork this summer to prevent their kids “falling behind” and many are considering hiring tutors.

A quarter of parents said they won’t be doing school work this summer work. One parent told us that they’re not planning to because their kids “need a break”. They were really pleased with the guidance from their school, and referred to the headteacher as “sensible” for clarifying that it’s the “job of the teachers” to go through work with the children in September and “assess where the gaps are and address them”.

If you’re considering a part-time nanny over the summer or for September you can instantly see nannies near you.