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Do I Go Back To Work Full Time?

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by Stamp73, Mar 8, 2011.



  1. Please
    advise. I am a primary (later years) teacher of 10 years, who has had
    off nearly two years caring for my second baby. My first child is now in
    reception. I want to return to work and set about looking for a point
    0.4 up to 0.6 position, but there just arn't any part time vacancies!
    All the governmental cuts I presume.
    Now 2 vacancies have come up
    in the Junior (seperate) school of the infants school that my first
    child attends. If I were to teach there, I wouldn't have any childcare
    issues - I hated playcentre and am firmly resolved not to send my own
    children there. I would have a job, ie much needed income, the school is
    literally 3 streets away (walking) and of course we would share the
    holidays.
    BUT, it is full time. My second child isn't even two. My
    values for my first child were to only work a maximum of three days so
    that they were spending more time with me than in an institution. What
    do other parents do? Especially if a child is ill. My health with the
    stress of teaching was never 100% either. And what do I do? Apply for
    local part-time or hold out for elusive part-time and put child into
    after school care a few days a week? Thanks for any advice. K
     


  2. Please
    advise. I am a primary (later years) teacher of 10 years, who has had
    off nearly two years caring for my second baby. My first child is now in
    reception. I want to return to work and set about looking for a point
    0.4 up to 0.6 position, but there just arn't any part time vacancies!
    All the governmental cuts I presume.
    Now 2 vacancies have come up
    in the Junior (seperate) school of the infants school that my first
    child attends. If I were to teach there, I wouldn't have any childcare
    issues - I hated playcentre and am firmly resolved not to send my own
    children there. I would have a job, ie much needed income, the school is
    literally 3 streets away (walking) and of course we would share the
    holidays.
    BUT, it is full time. My second child isn't even two. My
    values for my first child were to only work a maximum of three days so
    that they were spending more time with me than in an institution. What
    do other parents do? Especially if a child is ill. My health with the
    stress of teaching was never 100% either. And what do I do? Apply for
    local part-time or hold out for elusive part-time and put child into
    after school care a few days a week? Thanks for any advice. K
     
  3. Hi, I'm not in a great position to advise but I do think that part-time jobs are going to be increasingly hard to come by. I have just gone back part-time but I almost feel as if my Head accepted my request without thinking it through and has now strongly hinted she wants me back full time. Many friends I know who are teachers have had their flexible working requests turned down or been put onto fixed term part-time contracts- interesting to see a thread on this board about people's experiences of flexible requests.
    However, I'm not suggesting you take the job necessarily. I don't think I could say I think you should do one or the other. I do think (and I know it's easy to say this without factoring in financial issues) health comes first and only you will know how you will feel with F/T pressures and your family. Many manage it I am sure, I think I would find it hard. I expect if a child is ill you/your partner (or maybe abother family member if close by?) would need to take time off. I think you may get a certain number of unpaid days parental leave in the year to do this- but am not sure about this.
    Good luck-JH
     
  4. I am going back full time as I can't afford not to. My LO will be 9 months when she goes to nursery. I just wanted to add that our absence policy at school states 5 paid days for family emergencies and then after that days off for children ill etc are unpaid but allowed. My OH will try to do these anyway because I work and LO is going to nursery quite a way from where we live so I will need to keep my paid days in case of snow as no way am I driving across the snowy east anglian countryside with my baby in the car!
     

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