Author Topic: How to manage childcare & shiftwork  (Read 289 times)

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
How to manage childcare & shiftwork
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:01:46 pm »
Not my problem, but I'm curious how other people manage.

My son has accepted a new job that will involve 12 hour shifts (I think it's 3 weeks on / 1 off)
My daughter-in-law will be starting a new job in 4 months that is a nominally rotating 8 hour shift pattern, but with the possibility of the shift not finishing exactly on time.
They've got 3 little darlings at school, aged 3, 8 & 12.

How do families manage these sorts of juggling acts when it comes to stuff like collecting the younger ones from school, overnight childcare, random timings & unpredictability.
I'm sure my son and his family aren't that unusual - so how does modern life work?
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

Re: How to manage childcare & shiftwork
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 04:11:42 pm »
Grandparents! But they have to be local which isn't common these days.

Re: How to manage childcare & shiftwork
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2020, 06:13:04 pm »
Use the extra shift-pay to pay for childminders?

barakta

  • Bastard lovechild of Yomiko Readman and Johnny 5
Re: How to manage childcare & shiftwork
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 09:40:48 pm »
Grandparents! But they have to be local which isn't common these days.

Swapping childcare with local friends.

Some childminders will take semi random arrangements or PAYG type arrangements.

MikeFromLFE

  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: How to manage childcare & shiftwork
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2020, 09:41:29 pm »
Use the extra shift-pay to pay for childminders?
I get that - it's a bit like working more to pay for the car that gets you to work, but it's the apparent randomness of the requirement for childminding that I can't get my head around.
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.