What hours do you work?

(47 Posts)
Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 21:54:07

Currently I work part time, but I'm retraining and will have to get a full graduate position in order to get a professional certification. Although I want to do this career move I'm worried how it will work out.

What time do you start and finish work and what are your childcare arrangements for school aged children?

DorsetKnob Fri 26-Oct-12 21:55:06


childcare is DH with the very occasional back up from my parents, after school club.

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:02:17

Thank you Dorset. 8-4 sound perfect. What do you do, If you don't mind me asking?

tigerdriverII Fri 26-Oct-12 22:05:37

I have worked ft since DS was a baby. He's 10 now and I start work about 9.30 so I can do the school run but I don't finish until 7 or so. I find working ft is much less stressful than trying to work a short day and leave by a particular time I work 5 days a week.

wonkylegs Fri 26-Oct-12 22:06:59

9 - 5.30 but often have to do work at home too. DS is in afterschool club until 6. No breakfast club but can drop at school from 8.35 whilst he's in reception as they open early for the nursery class. I spend my life rushing across town by the skin of my teeth & working through lunch to get stuff done. I must admit it's taking it's toll but at the moment I'm just rolling with it as quite a few things are set to change in our lives soon so it'll all be up in the air anyway.

DorsetKnob Fri 26-Oct-12 22:07:29

I work for the NHS in a prison, I am very lucky in that my manager is fine if I have to start late if ever I have to take my DC;s to breakfast club as we run a B&B from home. As long as my work is done.

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:11:01

tiger those are the sort of hours I worry that I might have to put in to start with. How do you manage, dinner, bedtimes etc..? Does your husband do the school pick ups?

FrillyMilly Fri 26-Oct-12 22:12:09

7-3. DH drops the kids off with a Childminder who does the school run. I pick up at 3.30. I have plans in place should I need to work late (phone the Childminder and beg).

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:13:25

wonky I guess I could manage to finish at 5.30pm but I can see it getting stressful.

nancy75 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:14:34

I took a massive step backwards and work Monday - Friday, 9-3 term time only. It meant a big pay cut but it is brilliant for my family. I am aware that I am very lucky to have found a job with these hours, and that we can afford for me to do it.

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:14:41

dorset that sounds good smile

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:16:48

Nancy and Frilly, finishing at 3 sounds perfect.

tigerdriverII Fri 26-Oct-12 22:16:50

When DS was small I always did the drop off and DH always did the pick up. Pretty much the same now, a friend (she is a CM and we pay) has him for the 45 mins or so after school before DH can collect or sometimes he walks home and let's himself in, he loves that but we are in a v rural area and we don't have any real worries about that. we just have to sort out dinners but men can cook so that's not.a problem. I know that this is anathema to lots of posters but particularly when DS was v small work was much more appealing than potato printing

DorsetKnob Fri 26-Oct-12 22:17:10

can I ask what you are training to be?

tigerdriverII Fri 26-Oct-12 22:18:56

The main thing for me is nt having t rush away in the evening. I can leave work when I want. There are traffic issues where I work, so leaving at 5 gets you home at 6 at the earliest. Leaving at 6 gets you home at 6.30 and all your work is done.

sausagesandwich34 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:19:08

I work 8.30-5.30

wrap around care at school is 7.45-6pm but I'm usually driving like a loon to get back as I work 13 miles away!

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:19:41

grin @potato peeling. Thanks tiger for letting me know that it can work.

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:21:39

I'm training to be a surveyor (property not building)

I work 8.30 to 2.30 - started these hours in Sept after previously working 4 days.

Same hours, infinitely nicer home life...

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:23:49

sausage how old is your child? That's what I plan to do.

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:24:42

Dunder that's perfect smile

sausagesandwich34 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:25:47

my 2 are 8 and 11 but I have been doing those hours since my youngest started school

crazynanna Fri 26-Oct-12 22:26:41

Here is my crazy week.

Mon:..work 7am to 11am...Uni 12pm to 3pm

Tues:..work 8am to 2pm

Weds: Work 8am to 1pm...Uni 2pm to 5pm

Thurs: Uni 9am to 12pm...work 2pm to 7pm

Fri: Uni 9am to 12pm...work 1pm to 5pm

Sat and Sun...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:27:25

Did they cope well with the long hours when they were little?

It's absolutely perfect - I feel so lucky that my boss was up for it.

DH drops DS off at 8.45 and is in for 9am, I collect DS and am home for DD who walks home after school.

Evenings and mornings are much better than when I was working 9am - 5.30 four days a week - works for us!

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:35:22

It would work for me too grin

But because I'm crazy, I've decided to break in into a new career on my mid 30s biscuit for me

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 22:36:03

What are you studying crazy?

crazynanna Fri 26-Oct-12 22:51:15

Health and Social Policy.

But I am in a different position being 49(!!!!!!) and just one dc at home now (aged 14) who doesn't really NEED ME ANYMORE (violins).....

Still...it's frigging hard and \I am half dead...but I will see it through.

sausagesandwich34 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:53:46

they took probably a month to get used to it but the wrap around is really good, really comfortable environment and they have a substantial snack at about 4.30 which keeps them going, we tend to eat around 7 now they are a bit older, we used to eat either slow cooker food or something quick like veggie omlettes and beans when they were younger so I could have them in bed at a reasonable time

one has a shower at night while I'm making tea, the other has a shower in the morning -it's just what they are used to now, plus I'm providing for them and teaching them a good work ethic

ceeveebee Fri 26-Oct-12 22:59:10

I am supposed to work 930-530 3 days a week. We have a nanny for our twins (11mo) who works 8am-7pm.
DH is out 7am to 8pm most days and it takes me just over an hour to commute.

However my boss is extremely flexible and told me he doesn't care whether I am there or not as long as the work gets done and that any important meetings are attended. So I get in around 9, 915 and leave anytime between 4 and 5, so I can get home in time for twins bath-time. I then finish any work I need to in the evenings (after cooking, eating and doing laundry etc).

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 23:06:10

Crazy, I know what you mean, it's hard. I've got 3 essays to hand in but really struggle to get any work done

Goldchilled7up Fri 26-Oct-12 23:09:41

sausage that's reassuring, thank you smile

cee that looks like a good arrangement. It's positive to see more bosses being flexible about working patterns

crazynanna Fri 26-Oct-12 23:10:31

I am allocating tomorrow for catch up on assignments..as dd is out for the day.

Sometimes I feel what have I done?

But sometimes I feel I can do this!!

ChristmasKate Fri 26-Oct-12 23:18:05

I work 5 days a week 9.30 - 2.30.

I'm fed up today so my answer will be that I spend my life doing school runs and after school friends and 5 hours during the day dong a job that should be full time, rushing around and everyone at work commenting on how nice my life is working part time.


Busy week, I love working and being able to do the school runs (3 children) but it has been a very long week smile

Sabriel Sat 27-Oct-12 16:19:55

On paper I work 5 days 9-3. In practice that doesn't allow for the journey from school to work and back, so I usually end up doing 4 days 9.20 to 2.55 and trying to do a full day on the other day. This has been made a bit easier now DD is in Y1 as one night a week they have a club after school until 4.15.

During the school hols I try to work extra hours so I've got some in hand for term time. Luckily the summer club I put her in for a couple of weeks ran from 8am to 6pm without extra charge so I made up a lot of time that I'm only now running out of.

tourdefrance Sun 28-Oct-12 20:37:36

I have one school aged DC and one at nursery. I work 4 days per week: 2 days 9-2.30, 2 days 9 - 4. DC1 goes to before school club (opens at 7.45) 3 days per week (DP works from home 1 day per week) and after school club (runs until 5.30) 2 days per week. When they are both at school I expect to increase to 5 days with after school 2 or 3 days per week.

narmada Sun 28-Oct-12 23:36:24

i have two kids,2 and 4 yr old in reception. I do 3 days, 830-430. DP does late shift, 10-6. He does drop off, i do pick up. we both have an hour commute each way but i quite enjoy it as it's me-time (if i can avoid smelly armpit blokes on train ;) ) .

we have a childminder who is ace.

fluffygal Sun 28-Oct-12 23:48:20

Crazy I feel ya! My routine with 5 under 6 and a helpful husband:
Mon uni 9-4.30 work 5-8pm
Tues placement for uni 9-4.30 work 10pm-7am
Weds same as tues
Thurs same as tues
Fri off!
Sat 7pm-7am every other
Sun 4.30-8.30

We manage with 2 childminders after school as can't get one to have all of them. OH does school run in the morning but we use breakfast club for 2 children as they go to two different schools that start at the same time, just to make life really difficult (moved house, 2 kids still on local school waiting list!).

Only 8 months of this then I graduate, yay! Then will hopefully get 9-5pm job like normal regular people!

fluffygal Sun 28-Oct-12 23:48:34

Crazy I feel ya! My routine with 5 under 6 and a helpful husband:
Mon uni 9-4.30 work 5-8pm
Tues placement for uni 9-4.30 work 10pm-7am
Weds same as tues
Thurs same as tues
Fri off!
Sat 7pm-7am every other
Sun 4.30-8.30

We manage with 2 childminders after school as can't get one to have all of them. OH does school run in the morning but we use breakfast club for 2 children as they go to two different schools that start at the same time, just to make life really difficult (moved house, 2 kids still on local school waiting list!).

Only 8 months of this then I graduate, yay! Then will hopefully get 9-5pm job like normal regular people.

ceeveebee Mon 29-Oct-12 09:14:35

fluffy when do you sleep???

Goldchilled7up Mon 29-Oct-12 20:30:13

Fluffy I'm shocked, you're a super woman! I will never complain about being tiered again. How do you cope? You must not sleep for 3 days. And when do you manage to write essays and other course work?

crazynanna Mon 29-Oct-12 22:47:32

shock fluffy

ChicMama25 Sat 03-Nov-12 17:56:53

I work 6am to 5pm two days and 7am to 6pm the other three. DD is at a school that provides wraparound child care from 7.30am to 6.30pm. My OH does the mornings and I do the pm pick up. It works well for couple both working full time but I'm knackered cos of my hours I must admit however need the money.

BackforGood Sat 03-Nov-12 18:08:50

When my youngest started school, I started arriving at work at 7.15 - dh would drop them at Breakfast club for when it opened at 7.45, and is able to be at work by 8 from that.
I would then leave at about 5 to 5, and get the rest of my work done in evenings
I was teaching then.
Now they are teens it's less crucial as they have their own keys and can come and go witout me.

bunjies Sat 03-Nov-12 18:34:15

I have 3 dc, 2 of which need dropping off, picking up from school.

I currently work 4 compressed days 8am-5pm, but in London so I leave the house at 6.45am and return at 6.30pm. Dh does pick up and drop off as he is self employed on those days and I do it on my day off.

When dh had a salaried job I did 5 days a week 8.30 - 2.30 and dh did drop off and I did pick up. We did live & work close to school/nursery then though.

confusedperson Fri 16-Nov-12 09:35:11

My DC are 5 and 2. Both DH and I work full-time. I work 9-4:30, DH works 9-5:30. DC2 goes to a nursery 8-6, so that is easy. DC1 goes to CM from 8:00, CM takes him to school, I collect from afterschool club about 5:10. Works fine and it is stress-free for me, but it buggers me that as a parent I am never seen at school. If I chose to work 9:30-5 instead of 9-4:30, I could do morning school run myself, which I would love to, but that would mean running afterwards to work to be in time, and running after work for collection to be in time.. And then we wouldn’t be in touch with our CM who is lovely and ready to help out in emergencies.. So dilemma, dilemma.

kaz1119 Sat 17-Nov-12 07:55:46

I work 9:30- 2:30 for 4 days.

I am doing the nursery run for dc2 and the school run for dc1.dc1 is severely autistic, no approbriate childcare available so i can only work school hours.

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