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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by ET1984, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. ET1984

    ET1984 New commenter

    I have decided that I am leaving teaching in July. I have taught for twelve years but I have had enough. I specialised in early years and I love working with this age of children.

    I have a baby boy so I need a part time job and equally one that doesn’t pay terribly as I’ll need to pay for childcare. Has anyone been in a similar boat? I’m looking for inspiration! Any ideas would be very welcome
  2. toastandtea

    toastandtea New commenter

    Following as this is something I think about doing regularly!
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  3. splittinghairs

    splittinghairs New commenter

    I think there are teachers in their droves who are also thinking the same thing. Avidly watching for any inspiration!
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Diversify. Don't chuck yourself into only one thing and rely on it going well. Try a few things, including things where you can adjust the amount of time you spend on them. For me this is eBay selling - if other income sources go a bit slack, or I've got some spare time, I can step up my eBay selling. It could just as easily be a creative activity that brings money in. Also maybe look at seasonal work so you have time in the 'off' season to try other things.

    I'm guessing the early years sector must have the equivalent of supply staff to cover for absence - is that an option?
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  5. Vitalistics

    Vitalistics New commenter

  6. Vitalistics

    Vitalistics New commenter

    But then I wonder if the grass is really greener. Lol
  7. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Could you work part-time and train for something else-like a Sweaty Mamas or something?
  8. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Teaching childcare in FE? Many posts are part time or temporary.
  9. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    @magic surf bus has made the point I was going to make. Think about the possibility of a "portfolio" of ways to make an income. They can all use as much or as little of your time as you wish, in order to make up the necessary income, and then, longer term, you can step up a bit more once you have less childcare to worry about.
    Good luck.
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  10. numberoneteacher

    numberoneteacher New commenter

    I'm an ex teacher working in Ed tech and I love it.
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I'm out in July...well August.
    My pension isn't huge as I've not paid enough in (c. £500 pcm plus lump sum), but I'm coming into £100k in next couple of months so will invest to provide an income.
    Also doing spot of supply, working for Justin Craig a few times a year and building up my cake business.
    I'll actually be better off!
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  12. BurntOutTeacher35

    BurntOutTeacher35 New commenter

    I'm also planning to leave this year and have recently updated my CV. I have lots of little things on the go I can put more effort into (ETSY shop, zazzle, merch by amazon, redbubble) Looked into *** and selling resources on TES marketplace but just feels like I'd be taking advantage of stressed out teachers! I've also briefly looked into crowd funding website for a business idea I have.

    I do plan on getting a steady income from a non teaching job and continue developing my "side hustles" as the other half calls them with all the extra time I'll gain leaving teaching.

    Watching this thread for inspiration!
    BelleDuJour likes this.
  13. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Educational Services is a steady earner for me at present - for examples see the Schools Select directory.
  14. ET1984

    ET1984 New commenter

    Thank you for all of your replies.
    It’s good to know I am not alone. Thank you for all the ideas... keep them coming!
  15. numberwhizz

    numberwhizz New commenter

    Childminding? No childcare cost for you.
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  16. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    I'm counting down to my 55th birthday and getting out, sooner if i can find anything at all to pay the bills for the duration. The need to work to pay for someone else to look after your child is one of the things I really hate about the system we have been led into by politicians creating a low wage economy. I saw an advert today for child care workers on cruise ships during the school holidays, wonder if they would let you take your boy along!
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  17. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Established commenter

    Cruise ship workers seem to be one of those rare jobs which actually has more timetabled hours than teaching - 10 hours a day, 7 days a week! (I'm assuming you have to opt out of working time directives)
    Mermaid7 and agathamorse like this.
  18. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    If you can manage to, I’d take some time out to enjoy your baby boy. That time goes so fast and you only get one chance! If you need to earn before he starts school then I would try and opt for something which doesn’t impact on your time with him. Do you have anyone with whom you can share childcare in the evenings or weekends?
    Teaching evening classes? Tutoring? Childminding? Clerk to a governing body/some kind of admin work which you can do at home when it suits you?
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