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Old 05-15-2009, 03:31 AM
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I have been out of work for 11.5 years now, I gave up to look after our children at home. My youngest one is 4 and is in full time schooling (reception class 8:55am - 3:15pm)

I am wanting to go back to work, but finding it so hard. I will need some child care before and after school. I have looked into Child minders in our area, but none of them do a pick up or drop off at the school, so that is out of the picture for me, also I don't drive so it has to be local. Full time work would be the only work that would benefit us if I was to go back to work.

Also the times have to be realistic. I cannot do the work I want to do as my hubby works shifts and the work I want would be shift, so that is out too. There is a day nursery nearby, but there are 2 issues there, it wouldn't be cost effective as I wouldn't see any wage also they would only just take my middle child an defiantly not my eldest.

My parents both work and they don't live in the same city as us either so that isn't able for us either. Both my hubby's [parents have passed away and we have no contact with any other family.

Does anyone have any ideas how we could get round this, please?
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:53 PM
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I am not certain how the UK (that is what your profile reads u r at anyway) handles before/after school care, but in most of the U.S. there are centers with in the local school districts that do offer before/after school care. This service includes homework assistance, in/out door activities, some meals and /or snacks, as well as peer counseling (kids helping kids with peer issues in a supervised environment). I would suggest you speak with your children school system to see if they offer or know of a center your children can attend during your work schedule... In the very least check with your community to see who has school age children similar to yours that you know/trust to care for your own children and reimburse them for their assistance.
Good Luck, and congrats on getting a new position outside of the home.
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:12 AM
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Could you find something while the kids are in school? i.e. 9am-2pm

What about someone in the neighborhood allowing the kids to walk to and from school?

The school might know of people that are doing day care in their homes in the area.

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