“What am I going to do with the kids?!”
School holidays can be hard for parents at the best of times, finding activities to keep children entertained and engaged and avoiding the constant repetition of ‘I’m bored’.
These school holidays are presenting some added complexity with COVID-19 restrictions seeing school holiday programs at a standstill in metropolitan Melbourne.
ANZ Group Executive Talent and Culture, Kathryn van der Merwe says many families, particularly those in Victoria, don’t have the same level of support they may usually have and aren’t able to go on holidays during this break.
“We know it has been hard for many of our people juggling working from home and remote learning and in some cases also caring for young children. Many people have been working this way for an extended period now in Victoria.” she says.
Usually, ANZ would offer school holiday programs for its staff across office locations, but due to the pandemic, like everything else in 2020, it has had to turn virtual.
Fun at home
ANZ customer, KidsCo is an interactive educational program that pushes the boundaries of holiday programs to ensure they’re exciting, accessible and fun. Usually delivered face-to-face, the program has now too gone online to deliver a range of live educational sessions to children aged 5-12 years.
Led by qualified primary school teachers, the program is designed to support families by creating an educationally enriched, but most importantly fun day for children delivered in a unique way.
These school holidays, family members of Victorian-based ANZ employees are able to take part in the program which Kathryn hopes will provide employees and their families a little relief.
“During these challenging times, we asked our employees what would help. They suggested ideas including offering a virtual school holiday program. This inspired us to partner with one of our customers, KidsCo, and together we turned the idea into action,” Kathryn says.