Six Valuable Tips For Seamless Work From Home In The Presence Of Children

April 20, 2020

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The world is going through a never seen before chaos because of COVID-19 that has affected people all over the world. While some of the jobs are paused, many are allowed to work from home. If you are working from home and have a child around you, then we have some tips for you. Implement these tips at your home and stay productive in your work.

That is the reason we have come up with a few tips that will set you up perfectly to be productive when you work from home during the lockdown.

 

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Prepare your blueprint

Come up with a perfect work schedule and decide on your tasks before starting your work. Have slots so that you could use it later as well to finish incomplete tasks. The key is to stick to your schedule and have those “office” hours restricted to work. Having said that, you can spend quality time with your child when you feel there is a need to divert yourself or the child. This is where the extra slots come in later.

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Take advantage of nap time

Put on your professional hat the moment you see your child slipping into sleep. Start working on important tasks and make the most of your child’s sleep. If possible, encourage them to have a sound sleep when you want to work. Tell them you will be having a great time once the work is completed.

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Create an office set-up

Separate your work from parenting and reserve your working time just to finish professional tasks. You can do this by creating an office-like set-up inside your home and do not encourage your family to spend time in that zone. Such division will help you to cut-off mentally from your family during work hours.

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Keep kids engaged

Find something interesting to keep your child occupied. Give them fun tasks, cool toys, and spend a few minutes of quality time. The key is to keep them happy to ensure they are not restless. You may possibly notice that a small fun-filled break time can get you hours of uninterrupted work time as children listen to you when you make them happy.

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Be prepared for interruptions

It does not matter how meticulous the planning is, children catch you off guard. You must be prepared for such interruptions and have the ability to switch-off and switch-on as and when required. If you see it coming, it’s better to reschedule the discussion and sort things out with your little one.

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Teamwork

Seek help when there is a situation at work that needs your presence. Involve others at home or arrange for a play date for your child with the neighbourhood child. Allow others to take care of your son/daughter for a few hours and carry on with your task. If you are aware of the team discussion in advance then plan accordingly with your partner who can look after the child when you are busy.

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All tips aside, the simple thing is to understand your child. Do not expect the young ones to dance to your tune. It is the elders who should be flexible enough to deal with situations. Spend quality time before you explain to them about the work you have to do.

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GERALDINE DMELLO

 Curriculum Head

Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

Sandeep U

CFO

Spearheading the finance, Sandeep is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has close to 10 years of experience in handling finance for various organizations. Having spent his career life in a CA firm, venture capitalist firm, real estate and in the garment industry, Sandeep is keen on implementing his knowledge and expertise at 315WA to fuel the growth that we envision. He’s the true follower of the saying that “None of us are stronger than all of us” which has enabled him in achieving the 315WA’s goal to build a most strong and consistent team. He was a part of setting up and implementing a complex business processes committee across multiple industries/sectors. In his journey at 315WA he made sure that every ₹ spent on each square foot will have a direct and huge impact in every organization’s growth as even the biggest cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water. He is a strong believer of money saved is money earned and is looking forward to starting this fast-paced ship.

Rukmini Padakadla

HR

 Meet Rukmini P, our esteemed Head of Human Resources, bringing in over 15 years of progressive experience in the field. As a seasoned leader, she has demonstrated her prowess in various aspects of Human Resources, including workforce management, recruitment, payroll, and policies/procedures development. Her exceptional expertise lies in sourcing and hiring top-notch talent, ensuring that our team comprises the industry’s best and brightest minds.

With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.



Sapna

Strategic Operations – Head

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is this belief that inspired Ms. Sapna Erappa to follow her passion, after a decade’s career in banking and finance. Her journey in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 and ever since she has worked with renowned preschools in Bangalore in various leadership roles over a span of 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing and has wide exposure in Early Years Education. She has participated in a number of Early Childhood Conferences and IB workshops. 

In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.

MANAS MEHROTRA

CHIEF MENTOR

Manas Mehrotra is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bachelors of Law, MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Babson College (USA). The Founder of NestaVera Group of companies, Manas has his vision rooted in the core belief that the only thing constant in this dynamic business era is Change. He believes that the ongoing process of Brainstorming, Innovation, and Adaptation to change should always be the heart of any organisation that seeks economic and social success. He drives his workforce with a strong emphasis on inculcating faith and building long term strategic relationships with both clients and employees.

Manas has also played a pivotal role in the success of Greenwood High Schools. The institution has grown many folds with more than 9 National level Awards to its name in last 3 years under his leadership. Under his stewardship & unique approach to education, Greenwood High Schools have unparalleled achievements to their name in moulding the young minds of tomorrow. He believes in combining quality education with a proper blend of traditional values and the best that modern-day technology has to offer.

KHUSHROO RUSTUMJI

CHAIRMAN-EMERITUS

Khushroo Rustumji, an alumnus of IIT is the founder of Kara. Having been the Chairman of two companies listed on the BSE, a subsidiary of a Company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a Consultant to numerous national and international organizations, his tenure of work before establishing Kara spans a myriad of corporate experiences.

With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.

PRACHI MEHROTRA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

As an achiever of excellence in both academic and extra co- curricular fields, she reckons that curiosity to learn is the spark that should be the driving force of every organization. As a millenial mother to three children herself, she strongly beleives that early learning is where the root of knowledge begins to get founded for an individual, therefore it is imperative that equal importance be showered upon these nascent founding years of our children’s lives. She passionately envisions to create dynamic,explorative, nurturing – learning and childcare spaces where children fall in love with the joy of learning every day.
 As an Executive Director of Kara4Kids, she handles a multi- faceted role across various domains i.e. Operations, Marketing, Teaching Pedagogy, Expansion, Implementation of teaching interventions, and Management of all the preschool and child care centers. Her ever-dynamic approach and exuberance make her an exemplary leader.