Sorry in advance, there's a similar thread on here however my question is slightly different. I am looking to return to work (around 18 hours a week) and ds is 2. Lots of ads say "flexible as to part-days/days etc" but what is best all round for all concerned? EG with 18 hours a week, is it better to work 3 whole days or 4 part-days taking into consideration travel time to and from nursery etc etc? I want to make sure I have thought about every angle before comitting to something I may regret later. TIA
it will cost you a lot more in nursery fees doing 4 part days than 3 whole days. Working part-days is a pita as you still have to get there and back, get dressed up etc, do drop-offs. I've always found it easier to be clear in my mind that today is work day, tomorrow is dc's day. Plus when I'm at work I can have a lunch break, which is for me a real bonus of working.
I do 3 whole days. I'd never do half-days, too much rushing about and extra travel costs. My boss wanted me to consider 4 days hours over 5 shorter days but i pointed out that i'd have to pay for 5 days of childcare and travel/parking etc for 4 days pay so where was the sense in that?
I'd split an 18 hour week into two 9 hour days if possible and get it over & done with TBH. Agree that more shorter days are more stressful than fewer longer days and travel, childcare etc usually don't make sense financially. LCN