How small businesses will cope with the teachers' mega-strike

There'll be no school run tomorrow, but parents in Newtown are all too willing to shoulder the burden, saying they're in staunch support of the teachers strike.

But the burden will also fall on businesses.

Corporate wellbeing specialist Sarah McGuinness said they could turn crisis into opportunity and make a day of it.

"You know if you can bring children to work, there's an opportunity to learn more about the person behind the person you know at work, so more about their family life and also for children to see what mum and dad do at work. I think that's really positive," she said.

Accounting software company Xero is giving employees three options: take a 'wellbeing day', work from home, or bring the kids in to play while they work.

"Well they might have three of mine, because I think it'll be a great way to keep them entertained for the day," said director of marketing Valerie Walshe. "But yeah, could be 10, could be 20, could be 30. It all depends on how people are coping on the day."

But 97 percent of businesses are small, and if there's machinery in the workplace, many are too dangerous for a child.

"A lot of small businesses work in clusters, so there is an opportunity if they wanted to get together to say 'how do we find a way to pool our resources, as we do so wonderfully in New Zealand, and look after the children for the day?'" Small Business Council chair Tenby Powell said.

Closing for the day is the last option, but will be a reality for some small businesses.

Most corporates appear to have plans in place, while small businesses look like they'll muddle through again - problems may arise if strikes come thick and fast down the track.