As a working mum finding balance from work, even if it’s just part time work, and finding childcare can be a challenge. Despite the obstacles, it is definitely a feasible situation. It takes some planning and making arrangements to ensure your children are properly cared for when you go to work. There are actually many child care options to help provide child care.
Some working mums are lucky enough to have family close by. This could be grandparents or siblings who can provide child care. Don’t always assume this is an option. Have an open and candid conversation first before securing this method of child care.
Play dates can be an option for child care. When working part time, you do have a bit more time left. You could host a play date on your day off freeing up partnering moms while they do the same for you when working. It’s also a great way to build social skills within your children as they can play with others of a similar age.
If your children are of school age, you may only need child care for short time after school concludes for the day. Many schools today have after school programs that provide activities after school for children whose parents have to work later. Youth centres within the community as well as community programs may be available for similar services. Generally, after school programs are free but other locations may charge nominal fees.
If you can afford it, perhaps a dedicated babysitter, nanny or au pair might be a better option. Sometimes with part time work, the services of these child care professionals can be shared between working mums, cutting the costs in half. Usually of the three, a babysitter is cheaper and may only want to work part time anyway.