If you are a parent wanting to return to work, it can be a really daunting prospect and we understand that. The biggest issue, once you have made the decision to return to work, is cost. Childcare is extremely expensive – even if it’s just before and after school. But there are ways in which you can manage a job and keep your children happy too.
Ask a family member
Have you asked a family member? This can be a much cheaper option and you have the added benefit of knowing your child is with someone you know and trust.
Even if your family member can only do a day or an afternoon a week, that soon adds up.
A little support
If you aren’t eligible for Child Tax Credits, you may be able to get support from your new or existing employer. This could be through childcare vouchers, childcare arranged by your employer or through workplace nurseries. It’s a good thing to consider when looking for a job, or worthwhile asking your existing employer about.
While it isn’t always the easiest route, sometimes working different hours to your partner or family is another way of cutting down on childcare costs. Even if you worked a few evenings a week, or some early morning shifts, this might mean that you’ll be able to care for your children as a family.
GOV.UK has some great advice on ways to help with childcare that are well worth a look.