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Are there well paid p/t jobs available that fit with school hours?

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honkytonk Tue 26-Oct-10 14:21:59

I am wondering if I will ever be able to return to work in any paid capacity and if so how. Like many folk on here I have children (5 and 2) and I want to work. However, I also want to be able to collect DC from school too. Is this unrealistic? I am aware that DC 2 will need more childcare if I return to work but I am wondering how people manage.

I have an MA and BSC as well as a qualification in Social Work but I cannot see how I will ever get back to paid employment. Am I being unrealistic? I have applied for a couple of casual posts after having had discussions with team managers before hand and I wonder whether I have put them off when confessing (like its a crime!) to having young children!

As there is no one else to pick up the childcare I would need to used Paid care (childminder, nanny etc) but I do wonder whether all this effort and cost ultimately outweighs the benefits associated with working?

Sorry for the moan but wonder how others have managed this dilemma etc?

ChasingSquirrels Sun 31-Oct-10 18:19:58

I do 20 hours (9am-2pm 4 days a week). School is 8.45am-3pm and I work about 12 mins drive away.
It couldn't be more ideal, in the holidays my boss is flexible about when I do my hours (this week have worked 3 full days and had 2 days off).
But, I have been with them for 10 years, I proved myself before I had children etc.
I think I would find it very hard to find a similar job/conditions to move to.

Lazylion Sun 31-Oct-10 18:29:43

Hi honkeytonk, if you fancy teaching rather than doing social work the Open University is a great option. You work when you want to and run the odd tutorial, students are generally lovely, pay is fine (10 hours a week is about half your previous salary in my experience).

SadieWiggles Sun 31-Oct-10 20:25:39

Hi, I work for Wiggles and Giggles part time and I know that we are looking for part time music session leaders at the moment. This would fit in with school hours and is really good fun. Check out the website, or email my boss, Sadie at if you want to know more. Hope that helps!

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 31-Oct-10 20:26:55

Yep, they definitely exist grin

BrainMash Mon 01-Nov-10 14:20:24

I work between 12 and 20 hours (usually 12) per week in a kindergarten. The pay is pretty dire but it's term time only and I'm always around to do the school run. They also offer me lots of training courses if I want to do them.

This thread has been very interesting though as I'm also considering applying to do a SW degree....lots to think about.

honkytonk Tue 02-Nov-10 16:51:22

lazylion yes I am interested in teaching and have completed a PTLLS course while on break. Any tips or contacts?

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typedup Thu 15-May-14 07:32:19

I have an admin job in a school so term time only. Part time so I can do all drop offs and pick ups. Not remotely well paid of course. But I really love it and know I am very lucky.

CaptWingoBings Thu 15-May-14 07:36:04

Zombie thread...

I wonder what the OP did?

Artandco Thu 15-May-14 07:39:45

Self employed is the easiest IMO.

I currently work primarily when children nap/ sleep/ dh is home/ plus a few extra when they play. Once at school from sept I hope to roughly work 6am-8am, 8.30-3pm. Dh will get them up and sorted in am whilst I generally hide in home office. I will help for last 30 min rush to get them out and he will take to school on way to work. Then I will collect at 3.30pm. I can still work in evenings once asleep if really needed but hope that won't be needed

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MummyNellie123 Mon 26-May-14 21:38:09

Hi I am a dentist I work from 9 (drop DS at nursery) until 3 (time to pick him up) and it pays well, I get an hour for lunch......and I get time off for carers leave/childcare and other benefits

there are jobs out there.....good luck

Supermum222 Tue 27-May-14 19:39:19

I work pt in a specialist role within the NHS. I was ft before kids. We have a childminder who helps us out when dh is working backshift.
My eldest starts secondary Sept 15 so big changes but we may be able to work opposite each other so that one of us is always at home. I am also starting a part time post 16 pgce in September so I can do a bit of teaching.

You should try and get a role, via a school, as a social worker for children. I have seen term time roles advertised on council websites.

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