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Combining parenthood and work

John Fowler - Educational Consultant Aby Mitchell First published: Last updated:

If you have ever tried to plan the ‘off-duty’ rota you will appreciate the difficulties involved in trying to accommodate all the requests and restrictions made by your staff because of their social and personal commitments. Some staff care for elderly relatives, many have young children, and everyone has a social life with regular commitments. 

As I reflect on my own experiences of parenting four children and caring for an elderly mother, and the many differing caring experiences of students and qualified staff that I've worked with over the years, I realise the immense amount of planning, commitment and energy required to combine work and parenting or caring.

Are there easy answers to combining working and caring?

I know of one person who employed a live-in nanny; she sorted out the children in the morning, took them to school, did the washing and ironing and prepared a meal for when

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