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

Tournesol Thu 28-Aug-14 15:34:43

I am a freelance writer and editor. With your background have you considered working freelance as an editor for school textbooks? Worth checking out all the academic publishers (Cambridge uni press, oxford uni press, Taylor and Francis etc).

You can do courses through the society of editors and proofreaders to get skills up to scratch.

Numfardothedanceofshame Thu 28-Aug-14 15:36:04

In my experience the civil service will bend over backwards to be flexible with hours. You can be part time, compressed hours, just work term time (and pick your hours). The pay can be pretty bad though.

RosyfingeredDawn Thu 28-Aug-14 16:04:03

I am a nurse and have worked school hours in outpatients.
Where do you live? my partner works for a charity that provides out of school care for kids with disabilities, lots with autism and severe needs, in Surrey and Hampshire.

RainbowSpiral Thu 28-Aug-14 16:13:36

I could have worked school hours in my job in the civil service. You had to apply for a full-time job and ask.

Gossipgirladdict Thu 28-Aug-14 16:16:21

I work as a science technician in a local secondary school. 18 hours per week, 3 days, 8.30am to 3pm (half hour lunch break unpaid) term time only.
This fits in with family life perfectly and I really appreciate how lucky I am although the money is crap. I also really like the work and have some wonderful colleagues.
There are four of us in the team, and all but one have degrees in science subjects - the job is much more involved than you might think. Understandably, these jobs are like gold dust....

GaryShitpeas Thu 28-Aug-14 16:23:06

I am self employed

Not working ATM as just had dc3

Don't want to say what I do as could out me but I can pretty much pick me hours

A friend of mine just got a job in a cafe school hours, might be worth checking around local cafés if they need anyone?

I'm also a science technician in a secondary school, have a degree in science, and I work 30 hours a week. It's low paid, but a nice job. My DS2 has ASD and I'm a single parent.

I was a TA before, working less hours, supporting a DC with ASD. Would that work for you? I found it much easier to use my skills gained with my own DS to support another DC, could keep my emotions in check. smile

Catzeyess Thu 28-Aug-14 16:45:40

What about doing something like dog walking (if you like dogs obviously!) a lot of people want their dogs walked at lunch time and you can charge £10 an hour. I know someone that does this, they have about 6 regulars each day and works quite well for the them. (Although you do have to register as self employed and pay tax) You can advertise on gumtree.

creamhearts Thu 28-Aug-14 16:49:53

I work for the council, I don't work school hours but some of my colleagues work 20 hours a week which is M-F 10-2 which is school hours. It is working in housing benefit and council tax.

cansu Thu 28-Aug-14 16:55:10

No real advice as I struggle with this myself having two dc with sen. However I have often thought that working as a Teaching assistant would work as they often work say 9 to 3 which would allow time to get kids off to school and be back in time for pick up or taxi drop off. Also usually no work to prepare at evenings or weekends with holidays off. Sadly pay is not great though.

Soapysuds64 Thu 28-Aug-14 16:56:34

I have just landed a gold dust job - admin for blood transfusion service, after 14 years away from work. 15 hours per week, can choose my hours/days I work. Flexi-time, and was offered term time working as well. Down side - it's a grade 3 job whereas I am qualified at grade 6, and the salary is half what I could get at that level. But no night shifts, no weekends, and I can leave the office at 2.30 - suits me fine whilst my youngest is in primary. Look around your local NHS job sites.

makkahakka Thu 28-Aug-14 16:58:28

I work for a local authority in a customer service role and work 930-230. I started off doing 2.5 days a week when my youngest was a baby then changed my hours when he started school. They would not advertise these hours but certainly in customer services they always need cover over lunch and would consider it if they liked you

SugarplumKate Thu 28-Aug-14 16:59:07

I work as an outreach worker for a charity. I do roughly 15 hours a week term time (flexible) plus whatever I can do from home in the holidays. I do some Saturday events though.

FaintlyHopeful Thu 28-Aug-14 17:07:44

I work 22 hours flexibly (usually over 3 days, but whenever I want) in a mental health charity. My job is to evaluate the work we do, report back to funders and to use the evidence for funding bids. I love it now that I'm working, but did a psychology degree while my kids were small which was torture!

DiaDuit Thu 28-Aug-14 17:12:24

I did 10-2 every day when I was a cashier in a bank.

Beastofburden Thu 28-Aug-14 17:15:56

We offer school hours contracts - I work for a University.

I also have a severely disabled child who is autistic among other things. I couldn't access standard childcare, no chance, but I recruited the SENCO TA who was his one-to-one carer at school to cover for me after school until I got home from work, and in half terms and holidays. The great thing is she is always free when there is no school, by definition. It was good for her too as she needed the extra dosh, and she is still with us 16 years on.

DiaDuit Thu 28-Aug-14 17:16:17

I was a SE cleaner and just set my own hours, reduced them over the summer but had friends help with childcare as well which I know you don't have.

my friend is Admin in a youth centre and works 9-2.30 every day with all of august off.

Beastofburden Thu 28-Aug-14 17:21:02

sorry- 13 years on, for the first 3 years when I went back to work I had a normal nanny three days a week who was actually really keen to learn more about SN kids.

Nursery is hopeless but in-house care works OK in my experience. Only painful thing is the cost- now that DS is 18 the state pays for his care, but up to then it was up to us...

FreddoBaggyMac Thu 28-Aug-14 17:23:30

I work as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary school, 9.15 to 1.45 every weekday... I very much appreciate how lucky I am to work these hours!

Deftones Thu 28-Aug-14 17:34:11

I work 10 - 2pm every day for an arborist company. I'm an administration assistant. Perfect job, perfect hours. I was looking for full time work but took this as a temp and never looked back

Myfanwyprice Thu 28-Aug-14 17:35:33

I work for the local council, 30 hours a week, 9-3 - so literally drop the dc at school and rush to work, then leave work and rush to pick the dc up - I do always feel like I'm in a rush, but do realise I'm lucky to work those hours.

chocnwine Thu 28-Aug-14 17:58:26

Wow. Thanks for all the responses. Lots of food for thought!

Machakos Thu 28-Aug-14 18:08:57

If you speak a variety of languages and have teaching experience, you could try contacting a few local primary schools. They have to teach a foreign language from September, and might consider using you to cover PPA teaching a foreign language.

IT servicedesk manager. Small companies can be way more flexible than people give them credit for.

dibdobs Thu 28-Aug-14 22:09:13

I was working at my childrens school, before and after school clubs and lunchtime and a once a week cleaning job. I am now a self employed cleaner 26 hrs a wk but do miss having school holidays off, fortunately my mum is great at helping but will have to start doing the odd activity days as i have three boys and they are a bit of a handful

Slutbucket Thu 28-Aug-14 22:13:34

You could assess customer service and business qualifications. If you freelance you work your own hours. Look at FE careers there are loads of jobs!

grillembakeemfryemeatem Thu 28-Aug-14 22:17:26

School Business Manager. Term time only but not strictly school hours.

polkydot Thu 28-Aug-14 22:25:53

I second looking on nhs jobs. The team I work for supports children with complex health needs and some of our care packages are just for nursery, so 5 days a week 9-12 or 8:45-12:15. Pays better than most care roles as well. The job adverts don't always specify hours so always worth calling to ask.

HonestAl Thu 28-Aug-14 22:31:45


ninaprettyballerina Thu 28-Aug-14 22:34:51

Business analyst for one of the large banks. I work 21 hours over 4 days so pretty much 9-230. Pay is ok too

MuscatBouschet Thu 28-Aug-14 22:39:17

I have a research job in a university. Work from home except for occasional meetings. 25 hours a week. 9 weeks holiday a year. But could negotiate this because I had been working there a decade.

In my experience, lots of small businesses would like very part-time admin help because they can't afford full-time. My sister found admin work by posting her CV through the pigeon hole of companies in a local office complex!

I'm self employed. Interpreter. I could work only school hours if I chose to.

fairgame Thu 28-Aug-14 22:47:58

I am in a similar position. DS has ASD and doesn't cope in childcare.

I used to work as a school nurse, 9.30-2.30 term time. Gold dust job but i had to give it up to get legal aid for SEND tribunal. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my mind open that something else will come up, although i can work more hours now as DS is in an out of county special school.

I've probably outed myself now :D

Shedding Thu 28-Aug-14 23:00:40

DH works in retail between the school runs but works the weekends too. I have had quite a few NHS admin jobs that fitted around school hours. Either because they were flexible or clerking a clinic that runs eg. 9:30-1pm daily. These are all very badly paid by the way!

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Thu 28-Aug-14 23:03:02

I worked in a call centre, bagged a term time contract.

I work in a pre school now, if I opt to work in the holidays I can bring my dc in too.

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Aug-14 23:06:24

Administrator for an Engineering company. I look after Sales, Marketing and do various Office Management bits and bobs.

Nusalembongan Thu 28-Aug-14 23:48:05

Really interesting. It's the holidays that are hard though I think. Good thread with some great ideas.

CointreauVersial Fri 29-Aug-14 13:17:16

Are you in Surrey/Hampshire? This company run good holiday playschemes and might be able to accommodate your autistic child.

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