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Imustbemad00 Sat 23-Feb-19 20:27:00

I’m lucky that I work term time, but the money is terrible. I’m thinking about other career options but genuinely do not know what I’d do with my kids. I’m a single parent and no family would have them, not on a regular basis anyway. My oldest is a teenager now and I know people say they can be left alone but I know mine would go completely off the rails hanging around with the wrong crowd and getting up to all sorts if they had that much freedom. My youngest is 7, too old for childminders ect but probably wouldn’t cope in a holiday club environment and I think the hours are limited in those.
What do people do with similar ages kids?

Stopwoofing Sat 23-Feb-19 20:34:40

Why wouldn’t they cope in a holiday club? That’s what you do with kids in the holidays if you have to work, unless you can find a university student etc but that’s more expensive and less regulated.

Similarly, it’s shame you can’t trust your teen to look after themselves, that sounds really hard.

Can you arrange any swap days with other parents? The only other thing I could think you could do was a reciprocal arrangement with other parent(s)

drspouse Sat 23-Feb-19 20:39:05

We have a 7 yo and a smaller DC.
We use holiday club which runs 7 weeks of the holidays (not Christmas, or some half term days, not ALL summer). So we spend the other days with the DCs. They run fairly normal hours (7.45-5.45) which is totally workable. They cope well with our DC that has SEN and they take from other schools as do most of the other clubs so if you don't think your DD will cope with one, try another.
Teenagers can go to PGL, or Scout/Guide/sports camps, or send them to one well trusted friend and then you do both teens the next day?

Merryoldgoat Sat 23-Feb-19 20:43:30

School-age DC combination of holiday clubs, childminder, annual leave and family.

Baby goes to childminder.

I work three days a week - total childcare bill is between £750 and £1000 a month depending on the month.

I’m using tax free childcare which saves us around £150 a month.

Merryoldgoat Sat 23-Feb-19 20:44:29

Yes - meant to say 6yo has HFA - he manages fine in all of those scenarios as long as he has warning and the leaders are sensitive, which they are.

Imustbemad00 Sat 23-Feb-19 20:50:27

My youngest doesn’t really like big groups, especially unfamiliar people. He’d probably be ok eventually but would take a really long time to settle and I’d feel awful.

It is a shame about my oldest (13) but unfortunately clave can’t be left. Although equally, would have a strop about having to go to any form of childcare.

On the whole though it would be much easier to sort out something for the eldest.

It’s jist so daunting the thought of how I would cope on my own, trying to manage 13 weeks of school holidays, Inset days Ect. I know lots of people do, but I’ve never had to and I’m scared of making that jump because of it’s too hard I’d struggle to get another job like I’ve got now.

Sometimes I think I should just suffer having no money for a few more years.

Imustbemad00 Sat 23-Feb-19 20:51:53

Oh, I also would t leave m youngest with other parents. He’s too unpredictable blush

MissSueFlay Sat 23-Feb-19 20:58:00

A group of us hire a temporary nanny for holidays, some just take a couple of days a week, some of us need full time. We have hired teachers, actors, students. It's more expensive than a regular holiday club, but obviously we can decide what they do every day.

There are also specific holiday clubs that suit older DC, like science camp, or drama ones.

glenthebattleostrich Sat 23-Feb-19 20:59:14

I'm a childminder and I take up to 14 year olds.

drspouse Sat 23-Feb-19 21:01:34

Does your school's after school club run the holiday club? Locally most do and you could get your younger one to try it out that way.
Ours also does inset days.

JustMarriedBecca Sat 23-Feb-19 21:02:03

Obviously nothing is ideal. We do what we have to do. It's a struggle. Grandparents, in-laws, holiday club. I'd love to say 'they'd hate it so I won't do it' but I have a job and full holiday cover isn't available.

Rosered341 Sat 23-Feb-19 21:05:44

I wouldn’t change in your position for the next couple of years.
My DS13 goes to a football camp but it’s only 10-3 so you still have to be around to drop off & pick up. The rest of the time he stays in and plays gaming or goes out biking with his friends. I’m not really happy about him going out with friends but can’t really justify making him stay in.
dD goes to a mix of grandparents and reciprocal agreements with friends, and me taking days off. It’s so hard to juggle everything.

AssassinatedBeauty Sat 23-Feb-19 21:10:42

There are different styles of holiday club, and you might find one that suits your youngest and a different one that suits the teenager. I tried out several to begin with, and found the one that my DS liked the best.

stopwoofing Sat 23-Feb-19 21:13:00

It’s quite a tough adjustment - if the 3 of you as a family want more money, the kids have to buy into holiday clubs or behaving in the case of the older one. Otherwise keep the term time job.

Cheby Sat 23-Feb-19 21:16:24

7yo definitely isn’t too old for a CM. And if he doesn’t cope well in other groups that sounds like it might be a plan?

formerbabe Sat 23-Feb-19 21:19:59

Honestly if I were you, I'd be hanging on to my term time job for the time being.

Imustbemad00 Sat 23-Feb-19 21:20:56

I’d definitely be more comfortable with a CM for the youngest. I just always assumed they were more catered for preschool children.

StinkyCandle Sat 23-Feb-19 21:26:16

I swap with friends and families, alternate time off with DH, and have a summer au-pair.
One week my kids go to my parents, one week they go to my sister, one week I am off and look after my own and my nephews, one week it's DH turns, then we have a week holidays as a family.

My youngest are tired, and do need a rest at home from time to time, it would be cruel to put them full time in a holiday club. If there was no choice, they 'll have to, but I'd do my very best to avoid it.

To be honest, I didn't have kids to plonk them in childcare full time. I have to work, but still trying to do what is best for them. I know other parents who take at least a couple of weeks holidays a year, child free. Each to their own.

Imustbemad00 Sat 23-Feb-19 21:36:38

Unfortunately my parents won’t have them. Not as a regular thing as they are too much hard work. They’d have them the odd day to help me out, maybe one day a week at a push.
I don’t have any other family, or friends. I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking anyone who I wasn’t really close to as my youngest can be very difficult and I could only do it with somebody who knew us very well and who would understand the difficulties in a non judgemental way.
I’ll have a look into local holiday clubs and what they offer. I only know of one and I’ve seen them around, at the parks ect, with mostly older kids and not very good ratios so it definitely wouldn’t be suited for us.
Maybe I should spend another year or 2 at my current job and hope things get a bit easier as they get older.

wendz86 Sat 23-Feb-19 21:37:53

My 7 year old goes to childminder (and does term time too ). The rest is mix between myself , their dad and my parents .

BuildingBackUp Sat 23-Feb-19 21:41:01

My youngest is 7, too old for childminders

My 3 go to a cm and my eldest is 11 confused

anniehm Sat 23-Feb-19 21:53:05

A local student is a option for summer especially, though we used a mixture of playschemes, council programmes, family for a week (elsewhere) annual leave and split shifting (I went in at 6am, him at 2) oh and friends.

Ithinkmycatisevil Sat 23-Feb-19 22:16:49

I've just gone back to normal full time hours, this was my first school holiday (I used to be able to reduce my hours in the hols and just work evenings in my old job).

Dds are 14 and 11. I took a couple of days annual leave, my friend had younger dd for one day. My older dd looked after younger dd and younger dds friend another day (they don't need much looking after, but liked older dd to be around just in case). Younger dd also spent a day with grandparents and dd1 went out with friends. It worked out surprisingly well.

Harder in your situation though. I trust dd1, she is a very sensible mature 14. DD2 is also a really capable kid and is often on her own after school for an hour or so, just seems too young to be on her own all day.

RetroFair Sat 23-Feb-19 22:26:23

I plan our year out with colour coded military precision! Our DTD's are at a private school so have extra long holidays which is challenging as there is no childcare generally available in these 'extra' weeks. DH and I take annual leave separately, we use a holiday club and my DP's have them for a few days. I have every single day they are off school planned to the end of the year.

helloblossom Sun 24-Feb-19 01:59:56

Watching with interest as we used to have family help but no longer have this option. Probably not what you want to hear but school holidays now fill me with dread and anxiety as I try to juggle everything at once (looking after the children while taking time working from home). I end up feeling like I've done everything very badly instead of one thing at a time properly. Holiday clubs are only 9-3 around here, not even every day, and don't take preschoolers. Most local childminders are term time only. Friends all work. I'm stumped.

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