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    Hi i am a nurse & DP is a chef - so less than friendly hours. Just wondering how other shiftworking nurses have managed with their return to work & childcare arrangements.

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    I only have 1 child but my parents help out with the babysitting because I work night shift. I sleep when kiddo is at school pending on what I have to do during the day but always have a sleep in the arvo and kiddo will wake me at 6ish to cook dinner. Doesn't sound ideal but it works for us currently.

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    My mum. Otherwise I couldn't of done it and would of had to quit to find something with more suitable hours.
    I'm fortunate I have that option, I appreciate many don't.
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    We don't use Childcare as I only work night duty or weekends. If I do evening shift during the week I don't start until 4:30pm. We don't have family nearby. Could you consider an au pair or look at a registered carer?

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    My parents mind my girls when I'm on nights

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    I'm not a nurse, but my job is shift work. At the moment we're managing by:
    1. DP has the kids when I'm at work (he runs his own business from home)
    2. I do 3 shifts a week
    3. I work evening shifts only atm. There's enough demand for staff that I can pick and choose.
    4. 1 of my shifts is on Saturday, so there are only 2 shifts where DP would otherwise be working.

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    My parents. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be able to do the hours I do..

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    I'm jealous that most of you have family to help you out. I have no one besides hubby and my mother in law, who takes care of my three kids 1 day per fortnight ....which she only ever has the 3 of them for a few hours due to them being at school. I'm very grateful of my mother in law, but she does make me feel really bad about not being a stay at home mum. She always compares me to how she raised her children. Hubby and i have to both work full time to live comfortable. I did work part time before getting this new job, so I'm feeling very guilty that i no longer spend as much time with my children as i used too.

    I work full time - rotational shift work - and never the same days each week. I do get 3 month rosters, so I can plan things in advance.

    I have my children in family daycare 3 days per fortnight and the rest of the days my children are in a centre. I'm very lucky that the local centre are working around my 3 monthly rosters rather than have them booked in each day of the week JUST INCASE, i need that day for the following week,

    Its hard, but it works for us.....and that's all that matters

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    I'm a nurse and DH (Now ex 😐) was a police officer then firefighter. When the kids were small I didn't work a lot...joined the casual pool and picked up the odd shift - enough to keep up my registration - working DHs days off. Hospital shift hours are not daycare friendly, shifts often start too early or finish too late. As they got older I worked a bit more. Not I'm a single Mumma I work in a private practice, mostly office hours. I don't have any family support for child care, so use OSHC. I only work part- time and that is plenty!

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    DH works mon-fri 6am - 2.30pm, I work 5 shifts a fortnight, 3 afternoons a fortnight (1-9.30) so I could do the school and daycare run with the 3 kids in the morning, mr 6 goes to after school care and DH picks them all up. I also do a night shift on a Friday, DH looks after the kids so I can sleep, and the other shift is a weekend shift where he looks after the kids. It's a team effort, if he didn't care for the kids too we wouldn't manage it.


 

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