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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)

DunderMifflin Fri 26-Oct-12 22:21:50

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. 7am to 11am...Uni 12pm to 3pm 8am to 2pm

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

Thurs: Uni 9am to 2pm to 7pm

Fri: Uni 9am to 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?

DunderMifflin Fri 26-Oct-12 22:30:12

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!

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