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Trainees with kids of your own - what do you do if they are ill?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by bananatree84, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. bananatree84

    bananatree84 Occasional commenter

    Sunday evening and both my kids have come down with something suspiciously like tonsillitis. I will be taking them both to out of hours tonight but will be shattered tomorrow and need to be in due to class teacher not being in. What do you do if your kids are ill?
  2. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    If your kids are ill, I would stay at home with your own kids.

    I did this as a TA.
    I did this as a student teacher.
    I will still do this as an NQT or teacher later.

    Hope they are feeling better soon!
  3. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    Teachers and trainees can have days out to look after dependents, but make sure that you stay within the number of days required to pass your course. Your course tutor will be able to fill you in.
  4. bananatree84

    bananatree84 Occasional commenter

    Thank you I only took Monday off and was back in today. I just couldn't leave them yesterday they were a complete state.
  5. pinkfrangipani

    pinkfrangipani New commenter

    As long as you have your work ready to send through for cover, there's not much you can do if your children are ill. Glad you're back now. I have two small children and can completely empathise with your situation.
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Bear in mind, however, that once you're employed you don't have any sort of "entitlement" to be off every time one (or more) of your kids is ill. And NEVER just ring in to school and announce "I'm not coming in..." - you have to ask for permission.
  7. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    Maybe that's different per school, good idea to check your contract.
    Mine says I have x numbers of dependency leave days for this. So I can call in, say my child is sick and I need the day off. I can't however do this for more than 1 day in a row; you are expected to organise childcare from day 2. Thankfully my child is rarely ill and when it happens my partner is usually able to take a day off or work from home.
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Indeed it is different!

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