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03/02/2014 at 08:44
Iv been going over this for weeks and still cant make a decision. I want to go part time after mat leave, but cant decide weather to do 3 full days a week or 5 days 10-2.
theres loads to think about,and its hurting my brain. obv 10-2 will be good in years to come cos il be able to do school pickups, not ideal straight away tho cos doesnt work around pre school hours. 10-2 will cost me more in fuel, cos il be travelling 5 days instead of 3.
if i do a flex working request now and then have another baby, can i do another and change it again?
what do you do and how does it work for you?
03/02/2014 at 08:54
There's benefits of both of them. 10-2 would be good for school runs but 3 days means you get 2 full days off.
I work 2 8hr days (Thursday and Friday) and love it.
03/02/2014 at 09:04
What are you doing for childcare? 10-2 would cut across both a morning and afternoon session at our nursery so youd be paying for a full day session. Therefore it would make sense to do 3 days.
You'd need to check with your work what their policy is on flexible working requests but I think you can make them whenever your circumstances change
03/02/2014 at 09:08
I don't envy you having to make this decision! Do you think your work are more likely to say yes to one than the other? I'd personally go with longer but less days.
03/02/2014 at 09:11
Another possible downside for doing 10-2, when they're at school you'll need childcare for all 5 days of the school holidays.
I did consider 5 shorter days when C went to school, but have stuck with the 4 full days because of the childcare (having him in after school care 2 days a week reserves his place for full days in the holidays, as well as not needing additional days childcare), and I'm really loving the one day to myself when C's at school!
I "think" the standard rules are that you can put in a flexible working request once every 12 months.
03/02/2014 at 09:25
My vote would be for longer days and more days off. Much more flexibility for really doing stuff with the kids, I think every day could feel like a work day otherwise and if you wanted to go off for the day, or just do something completely different, having totally free days would really help.
03/02/2014 at 09:27
I work 3 days because I get 4 solid days 'off' (well to work my 2nd job) with the kids. But that means I have to pay for childcare on those days, however as you say I don't have extra fuel costs etc to consider.
Yes you can make another application in the future - you're allowed to make one application every 12 months. www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx
03/02/2014 at 09:28
I used to do 5 mornings which at the time seemed great but it ended up costing me more in nursery fees as half days worked out proportionally more expensive than full days, more in petrol to do two nursery runs every day and I ended up doing more hours than someone doing a 0.5 contract over two and a half days instead. I switched to two full days after #2 and much prefer it, and it's definitely better financially. I'd stick with the full days for now if I was you.
03/02/2014 at 14:51
Thanks girls, i was already leaning towards the 3 days per week anyway, so uv helped make my mind up. I v sent my letter off, just got to wait and see what happens now.
03/02/2014 at 15:46
my sister does tue, wed, thurs and enjoys her 2 full days at home on mon and fri to go to groups etc with her 2 year old. her 4 year old started school this year and she does afterschool club on mid week but picks her up on the other days. Her youngest is at nursery mid week.
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