Working parents

MP David Linden's premature baby leads to law change call
David Linden wants to change the law to extend parental leave for those whose babies were premature.
Great Yarmouth school a 'fourth emergency service'
A Great Yarmouth school has a food bank, washes pupils' clothes, cuts their hair and teaches parents to cook.
Trekking for days to meet the parents I haven’t seen for over a decade
A group of teenagers sent away to get an education return to their home villages to meet family.

Pause For Thought: 'Good thoughts to all the mothers out there, working hard and keeping things together.'

Sarah Joseph celebrates her mother.

An Unusual Arrangement

Two very different families join together to raise a baby - and change each others' lives.
Two families from very different backgrounds, one street and a baby on a doorstep. This series charts the story of a young Christian couple entrusting the care of their little daughter to a Muslim family that lived across the way in 1990s Watford. They were strangers but the couple - Peris Mbuthia and Martin Gitonga - needed help, as immigrants from Kenya working in low paid jobs with a child to support and no family to step in. They were struggling and their relationship was under strain. 
Through a friend, the Zafars offered to help. It was a generous offer although Peris wasn't sure at first that this family from another country and another culture was the answer because the two households seemed to have nothing in common. But on the brink of losing their jobs, the couple simply had to give it a go. No money was involved, no checks or references. The Zafars weren't child minders, just willing neighbours meaning everything was done on trust.

It was an unusual arrangement. So how would this unlikely scenario change the lives of those involved? 

A special, enduring bond developed between Sandra and the Zafar's daughter Saiqa. It is a story of faith, love and tolerance - a modern day telling of how it takes a village to raise a child.

In Episode Two, the arrangement takes shape. How will baby Sandra adjust to life on the other side of the street?

Producer: Sally Chesworth
Sound: Richard Hannaford
Editor: Gail Champion
Exec Editor: Richard Knight.

The Handover

Two very different families join together to raise a baby - and change each others' lives.
Two families from very different backgrounds, one street and a baby on a doorstep. This series charts the story of how a young Christian couple came to entrust the care of their little daughter to a Muslim family that lived nearby in 1990s Watford. They were strangers but the couple - Peris Mbuthia and Martin Gitonga - needed help, as immigrants from Kenya working in low paid jobs with a child to support and no family to step in. They were struggling and their relationship was under strain. Early one morning, Martin left his flat with six month old Sandra zipped inside his jacket and handed her over to the Zafars across the road while he went to work at a warehouse. This arrival at the door was an event that changed the course of all their lives - that day the baby girl became the Zafars' Doorstep Daughter. And a special, enduring bond developed between Sandra and the Zafar's daughter Saiqa. It is a story of faith, trust and love - a modern day telling of how it takes a village to raise a child.

In this first episode, Peris and Martin meet as they begin their new lives in London and Saiqa is on a gap year, deciding what will be in store for her. Then along comes a baby.

Producer: Sally Chesworth
Sound: Richard Hannaford
Editor: Gail Champion
Exec Editor: Richard Knight.