A nursery has been set up near a major film studio to help families who work in the intense and often unpredictable film industry.
The WonderWorks, the first of several planned local day nurseries set up near major film studies, is in Leavesden, very close to UK studio space that belongs to Warner Bros.
The film industry is a particularly unconventional business, requiring exceptional commitment and being prepared to work at short notice on a project, which is difficult if not practically impossible to balance with healthy family life.
Many people who work in the industry from actors to crew members are forced to make a choice between the career they love and the family they love, which is something co-founders Charlotte Riley and Mark Radcliffe aim to fix with their ‘Keeping Families in Film’ campaign.
Not only is this nursery based on studio grounds and supported by Warner Bros. Directly, but offers flexible childcare built around the needs of film staff as well as mobile facilities to allow for childcare and education on-location shoots.
As well as this, the nursery has also set up a campaign to ensure there is a budget line for childcare in every film production by 2024, to ensure that people are not forced to choose between family and film, and thus lose so many highly talented members of the industry.
This campaign has been supported by a range of major actors, including Jodie Whittaker, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina and Cillian Murphy, as well as unions and other equality organisations.