It is parents' evening next week, and I am really struggling to make arrangements for my young children. I work 0.5, mon tue and wed am. The first parents' evening is on the Tuesday. 5 - 7pm,( however last year it was half past eight before I actually left school). The second is on the Wednesday, 3.30 - 6pm. Usually it would not be too much of a problem, but my husband will be overseas, and we have no family anywhere near us (closest 130miles). I do have a childminder, and my children are usually collected at 5.15. My childminder does not work later than 6pm as she has her own commitments. On the Wednesday, I do not have any child care in place, as I collect from school, and my child minder has no spaces. I may be able to make arrangements for my children to go to a friend's house, but it is difficult trying to find someone to have 2 children, especially as that is bed time (my children are 4 and 6). What I am wondering is, can I walk out at 7pm (the timetabled finish for the last appointment), even if parents are still waiting? And for the Wednesday, as it is not my working time, do I have to attend? I do have a job share teacher, who can do the Wednesday, but it is expected that we both attend. Or could I take my children with me, and hope that they sit quiet for the whole time? I live too far from school to be able to drive back home, so even if I could find a babysitter (we rarely go out, so do not have a babsitter!), that would not help! Oh and should I claim for payment for the extra hours for the Wednesday parents evening, and the 'trapped time' in the Wednesday afternoon??