Knight­ley feels lucky to af­ford child­care

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The ‘Be­gin Again’ star - who has 17month-old daugh­ter Edie with her hus­band James Righton - fears her ca­reer would have been over if she wasn’t able to get some­one to look af­ter her lit­tle girl whilst she goes back to work. She said: “I’ve be­come un­be­liev­ably aware of that and how lucky I’ve been to be able to af­ford re­ally good child­care, be­cause oth­er­wise it would be at least four years out of my ca­reer. “I wouldn’t be able to get back to where I’d been if I’d taken four years out. I think that’s the same for most women. And I think that’s re­ally hard.” And the 31year-old ac­tress be­moaned the cost of child­care in the United King­dom, in­sist­ing it stops the av­er­age women from go­ing back to work. She added: “One of the things that is so shock­ing in this coun­try is that child­care is un­be­liev­ably ex­pen­sive. It should be, it’s an amaz­ing thing if you’re good at it. “It’s in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult, it should be well paid. But there is no op­tion for a woman to go back to work un­less she’s be­ing paid re­ally, re­ally well and can af­ford full-time care be­fore [her child can] get into nurs­ery.” Keira also crit­i­cized the Bri­tish govern­ment’s rec­om­men­da­tion that men should have two weeks pa­ter­nity leave. Speak­ing to Harper’s Bazaar mag­a­zine, she shared: “I think pa­ter­nity leave should be the same as ma­ter­nity leave. It’s shock­ing. Be­cause you need that op­tion. “And ac­tu­ally, when you’re think­ing about an em­ployer look­ing at a man and a woman think­ing, ‘Well, at some point you could take nine months or how­ever long off, and the guy doesn’t have to.’ Don’t tell me that that doesn’t come into it! You need to be a fam­ily unit, not just have the guy there for two weeks and then go back to work and the mother left des­per­ately try­ing to fig­ure it out. I think it’s ar­chaic that there aren’t bet­ter op­tions.”

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