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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?

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.

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

Vickyaustin Sun 18-May-14 20:48:18

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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

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

Zombie thread...

I wonder what the OP did?

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.

MonikaPaul Wed 14-May-14 14:01:13

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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?

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.

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

Yep, they definitely exist grin

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!

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).

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.

Bonkerz Sun 31-Oct-10 18:14:09

I had to work a 3-6 shift for a year with a nursery school and prove i had what they needed and couldnt live without. That year was hard for me and my DCs BUT in July i was offered term time only 9:30-2:30 4 days a week and they basically pay me over the 12 months so i get paid every month. Its not great money but is more than minimum wage and i love my job!

Manda25 Sun 31-Oct-10 18:09:59

I am also a SW and work 9-3 every day ...meaning I can do both the school runs as I am lucky enough to work a couple of miles from the school. I work with CIC though and don't have much of a clue about adult work. Many many people work part time within our London Borough ...and with the SW degree so many other opportunities are open to you.

honkytonk Sat 30-Oct-10 18:15:21

Thanks for replies.

I havemanaged to keep up GSCC registration by a variety of courses I have completed since being a SAHM.

I am keen to try and find something now before the full effects of the recession take hold.

Maria2007loveshersleep Thu 28-Oct-10 11:30:57

I think these p/t jobs that fit school hours too are bloody hard to find. Or at least I'm finding it extremely hard to find any p/t job, let alone one that fits around my DS's schedule...

6 years ago I was also looking for p/t work (in the same industry) & found one fairly quickly, good conditions & pay too. This time round it's proving impossible so far. Difficult times at the moment, for those looking for p/t work...

nymphadora Thu 28-Oct-10 09:04:44

Ours are mainly internal although some posts are going to external so you may get lucky.

Agency might be worth a shot too as my friend seems to be able to pick & choose hours/work/pay

cat64 Wed 27-Oct-10 21:23:41

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PaulineMole Wed 27-Oct-10 19:12:06

you also need to consider GSCC registration. not sure how long you've been out of the workplace, but you need to demonstrate 15days training/development/study in each 3 year registration period. Much easier to do if you're in paid employment.

honkytonk Wed 27-Oct-10 18:47:05

These replies are so great to hear and I am wondering whether to approach my old team manager and see whether there are any jobs coming up.

I guess I am torn at the moment until waiting until DC2 who is 2 goes to school or seeing if I can get a job before all the public sector redundancies etc take hold!! I guess it is between looking at the short and longer term options.

DeadPoncy Wed 27-Oct-10 18:18:13

Women Like Us has the right idea, about aggregating and pushing out information on part time work and job-shares. If you don't live in Greater London, but are in a metropolitan area, in which people do commute, you could start something else similar (that is: start your own business!).

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