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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

Pumpkinpositive Thu 28-Aug-14 22:44:15

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

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!

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

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


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.

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

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

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!

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

CommanderShepard Thu 28-Aug-14 18:19:33

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!

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...

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 17:15:56

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 17:12:24

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

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!

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