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Need A New Job? Child-Friendly Ideas To Fit Around The Nursery Run

If you're looking for a total career change that will fit around life with kids, there are lots of options that will help you find more time for your little one and help pay the bills…

1. Go self-employed

Whether you’ve got green fingers and dream of being a gardener, you’ve always loved beauty or you’re toying with the idea of becoming a yoga instructor, now’s a good time. There are plenty of choose-your-own-hours and appointment jobs that you can train for and that work around your mum schedule. Visit HM Revenue & Customs’ website to get clued up on registering as self-employed and to find out more about working for yourself. 

2. Work in a school

The obvious plus side to a career in education is that you’ll have all of the same holidays as your child – and a stable income. Whether you aspire to becoming a teacher, a teaching assistant or helping out with the admin side of things, there is a variety of roles to choose from.  

Check out TES’ website for the latest education job openings and visit the Department for Education’s website to learn about how you can get started. 


3. Start an online business

With almost everything available online today, it’s the perfect way to launch a business and earn some cash without leaving the house. And you don’t even have to buy a website domain, you can use existing sites such as Etsy, eBay, Bonanza and ASOS Marketplace to sell your products. You can get advice on writing your business plan from the Government's website.

 4. Do some extra childcare

There are no legal requirements to becoming a nanny, but it will help other parents feel safer if you have first aid and home-based childcare qualifications, in addition to some training.

Some qualifications you could gain include a Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings, Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce and a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

It’s also a good idea to get yourself registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register.

5. Sign up for office work

Imagined working in publishing? Or helping others find their dream jobs in recruitment? There are thousands of different office-based roles with flexible hours that you can make work for you. Start by registering with a recruitment agency – you can do this online or in your local recruitment office.

Alternatively, keep an eye on job postings on jobs websites such as Monster or Timewise and follow job sites on Twitter, too. 

6. Go freelance

The great thing about freelancing is you can work from home, from your favourite coffee shop or in the car while waiting for your tot to finish nursery. Whether you have a background in design, journalism, PR or finance, you can use skills you already have (or skills you can improve on) to get work online.


There are plenty of jobsites that look for freelancers, or you can go through an agency or just dust off your contact book and put the word out that you’re available for work. Twitter and LinkedIn are great (and free) social networks to use to market yourself, too.

If you’re already a working mum, how do you juggle your job and being a parent? Let us know in the comments box below.

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