to ask what job you do if you only work school hours

(63 Posts)
chocnwine Thu 28-Aug-14 14:56:20

....posting here for more traffic.

Looking for work.. one of my DC is severely autistic and we therefore cannot access childcare. So I can only work school hours. No evenings and weekends either (no family to support either) .

There doesn't seem to be a lot available. Or maybe I am looking in the wrong place.

so if you have a school hours job - what do you do? I need some inspiration.

I work for a housing non-profit. In Canada so maybe not relevant but I find non-profits tend to be more flexible and understanding about childcare. I am, however, VERY flexible with them as well, work from home for free sometimes and travel if need be. Cuts both ways.

I work in admin for a local charity. Currently 15hrs per week worked over 4 days, but there is talk of upping my hours.

It's not term time only tho, so in holidays I have arranged to work 2 long days and put the DC in holiday club (no family nearby).

It's not particularly well paid, but average for voluntary sector.

maddy68 Thu 28-Aug-14 15:03:51

Hmmm difficult, even people working in a school don't generally Wprk school hours, except for maybe lunch time supervisors could you set up some kind of ebay shop which you could run from home? You could perhaps make jewellery or something?

MrsDavidBowie Thu 28-Aug-14 15:05:02

Charity here too.
I don't work school holidays orJuly/dec.
But am often out of house at 7.15.

TheFirstOfHerName Thu 28-Aug-14 15:05:26

Finance Manager for a company that does 95% of its business in schools.

chocnwine Thu 28-Aug-14 15:06:14

I am thinking 16-20h/week. Should be possible in school hours and did this for a few years but was made redundent.

rocketjam Thu 28-Aug-14 15:08:42

The obvious would be to work in a school. Or children services with part time positions. Or start your own business, find a manufacturer and sell goods on eBay. A friend of mine used to sell backpacks on eBay. And another one was selling children party items. Distribute leaflets.

TenMinutesEarly Thu 28-Aug-14 15:09:16

Look at your local colleges/universities. Term time are like gold dust, have you though about teaching assistant?

DidoTheDodo Thu 28-Aug-14 15:11:44

When my children were school age I worked 25 hrs a week for a charity, 5 hours a day. However, holidays were more difficult and got through with a combination of mine and DH's annual leave, and doing a child-swap with our neighbours.

Pay and prospects were poor though.

Twotinygirls Thu 28-Aug-14 15:12:27

Local government. It's dull as hell but fits In perfectly with school. Also flexi - time is a god send.

Groovee Thu 28-Aug-14 15:13:26

I'm called an Early Years Practitioner which I trained as a Nursery Nurse for. I work in school nursery.

tittifilarious Thu 28-Aug-14 15:13:58

I'd look at places which need lunchtime cover say from 11-2, so banks or shops may be a good place to start. Next used to do 10-2 shifts but I'm sure I read something about them being phased out. My friend works 9.30am to 2.30pm on the phones for Santander.

Schools/unis/colleges are becoming more business like and are offering things at evenings or through the holidays now so they're not always the safe bet they were for school hours.

I work in retail (IKEA to be specific) but I've worked here a long time so get a bit more flexibility with my hours than a new starter would. I use up my leave during school holidays so I work as little as possible, and DH covers by working from home. The only people I know who genuinely work school hours, work in schools or are freelancers/self-employed or are CMs.

honeysucklejasmine Thu 28-Aug-14 15:16:42

My colleague started work as a TA in her sons school when he started, due to his ASD. She made sure to never work directly with him though.

Vajazzler Thu 28-Aug-14 15:18:09

I'm a sen at In a school and a friend of mine does 10-2 in McDonalds

DownByTheRiverside Thu 28-Aug-14 15:21:16

What skills do you have?
OH was a SAHP, but he worked from home in his field. There aren't many jobs around that are school-hours friendly that don't have a hundred+ applicants.

BackforGood Thu 28-Aug-14 15:22:33

Might be worth checking with your FIS (Family Information Service - if you Google it, you can choose the area you live in) as there are some after school clubs specifically for dc with SEN/D, and also some CMs who like to specialise in working with dc with SEN/D. Few and far between, I know, but worth a try. smile
Was having a conversation with a colleague recently about this, as our LA are threatening to stop automatic school transport to special schools, and they'd heard that some of the schools were looking into setting up their own Out of School Provision to enable parents to drop off and collect around work hours. Don't know if that's happening in other parts of the COuntry, or just our Authority that has hundreds of billions of £ to cut from it's budget??

ArsenicyOldFace Thu 28-Aug-14 15:23:39

I had the exact same problem.

It is not going to help you to out myself by telling you what I do, but I am self employed and have retrained twice. I am doing yet another postgrad qualification now so that I can expand my work a bit once DC are older.

I know a LOT of self employed freelancers who have DC with ASCs.

GinAndSonic Thu 28-Aug-14 15:26:14

My mum works as a cook in a school kitchen. Within school hours and term time only. Im going to apply for a school kitchen job next time one is advertised.

chocnwine Thu 28-Aug-14 15:26:16

I have a degree, worked in teaching (adults, though many many moons ago), but worked for the last 10 years in office based jobs (cust service and account management type roles),speak a few languages. Employable at the first glance but struggle due working hours restrictions. I want a job, not a career.

ArsenicyOldFace Thu 28-Aug-14 15:28:50

TEFL? Virtual PA?

Are you near any Universities?

SocialMediaAddict Thu 28-Aug-14 15:28:55

I'm a private PA for an incredibly wealthy family who are extremely family orientated. I've had August off (and will have the rest of the school holidays off throughout the year). I'm very lucky.

ArsenicyOldFace Thu 28-Aug-14 15:33:46

speak a few languages

How about getting qualified as a translator? I appreciate it involves a specialist qualification which involves time and expense, but then the money is good and the work is flexible, if you take freelance projects.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 28-Aug-14 15:34:28

I work half time, from home - I don't necessarily do my 4 hours in school time now but I did when DD was younger. I write software - obviously that's a niche, but nowadays telecommuting really is doable.

Good luck in your search. flowers

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