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Hey2492 · 30/03/2021 20:50

Not really an aibu but posting here for traffic.

Currently out of work and a stay at home mum. Two children and they both with additional needs which makes it even harder.

Dp works. He earns a comfortable wage and we do okay but extra income would be nice and I want to get back to work.

What kind of jobs do you do around your children?

Dp works long unsociable hours. Pretty impossible to work around them. He’s on shift work Monday - Friday, every other Saturday and some sundays. He isn’t in a position to cut his hours. He enjoys his job and wouldn’t want to anyway.

Dc are in school both full time now. There is usually a breakfast and after school club but it’s a small school and it’s limited at the minute due to covid.

There’s one childminder in the village. I think she mainly has the little children rather than school pick ups for older children, doesn’t have older children in school holidays.

No help from family at all.

Then there is the school holidays. How do I manage then? Dp working, no help and living rurally and no childcare.

Not forgetting the endless meetings, appointments dc have?

What do you do around your children and school?

Don’t suggest working in the school. It takes a special kind of person to work with children. I can just about deal with my own but I don’t think working with children is for me.

Aibu to find be finding it pretty impossible? Are there any term time jobs available? Other than working in a educational setting.


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qualitygirl · 30/03/2021 20:58

What are your skills/qualifications etc OP?


Hey2492 · 30/03/2021 21:02

Not many skills as such! I have 9 GCSEs c and above and 3 a-levels but not trained in a particular area. Most of the jobs I’ve had have been casual work!

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qualitygirl · 30/03/2021 21:03

What we're the jobs you had before?

Term time jobs are harder to get I suppose but you could always use holiday clubs in the summer or get a childminder etc


wingsnthat · 30/03/2021 21:04

Maybe you can take advantage of employers that offer working from home as standard now. Pre-pandemic flexible working was harder to find, you needed to be fairly senior etc but I have seen many entry level WFH roles


wingsnthat · 30/03/2021 21:06

Also, no offence intended, but perhaps you could take advantage of home learning and go to university? I mean, it’s not a bad idea to refresh your qualifications after being out of work. Many universities still don’t expect all students to physically attend yet, though this could change in the future of course


wingsnthat · 30/03/2021 21:08

Some of the examples of entry level WFH jobs include civil service, call centres, admin etc


Hey2492 · 30/03/2021 21:09

Jobs have mainly been in retail or hospitality. When I was younger I used to work in a small but busy newsagents running the shop on my own for the day. I loved that job as prefer working on my own or in small groups rather than large groups.

Working from home is an idea but I’m not sure how I’d manage my two if they are home in the holidays. They are both autistic and take your so much of my time! I literally don’t get 5 minutes to wee alone or have a cuppa 😂

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Hey2492 · 30/03/2021 21:10

To add I’m in my late twenties and had my first son was I was 18. They are now 10&5. It seems to be getting harder as they get older which isn’t ideal!!

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JSL52 · 30/03/2021 21:16

Do you have a hospital near you ?
Look on NHS jobs , also find out who does their catering.
My hospital has a nursery which offers a holiday club for older kids.


Professionallytorn · 31/03/2021 17:46

Also Hospital role related - check out if they offer bank work, i.e. casual shifts to cover a range of roles for sickness/leave etc. You can pick and choose which shifts you accept.

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