How to Make Working with School-Aged Kids Work

As the summer comes to an end, kids are headed back to the classroom. Amid the flurry of new pencils, binders, and backpacks you’re probably wondering how you’re going to juggle work and school schedules. So how can you make sure you’re getting the work you need while accommodating school time?

Learn how a flexible work arrangement can help parents as you work around classes.

Opposite Schedules

School schedules don’t tend to align with a regular 9-to-5 workday. Depending on the school, classes can start as early as 7 or even as late as 10, making it impossible to work “regular” hours? Luckily, there are plenty of options for flexible work when you partner with a staffing company. There are plenty of jobs that aren’t 9-to-5, meaning you can choose shifts and gigs that adapt to your changing schedule. You can get the work in that you need…and even have time to help with homework!

School Days Off

Students might be thrilled to have time away from the books, but frequent holidays, vacations, and shortened days can be frustrating for a parent working a set schedule. Not only do you have to plan for the different days off that you won’t get from work, but the cost of childcare sometimes feels like you’re working in circles. That is, if you can even find a sitter who is willing to work irregularly or on short notice! Additionally, many full-time jobs don’t allow flexibility around fluctuating school schedules, so maintaining a permanent position can be challenging. When you’re given the school’s schedule at the start of the year, start looking for jobs that fit these dates or allow flexibility. When you use an app like JobStack, you can view available jobs any time of the day, any day of the week–and choose a schedule that works with your family’s timing.

Sick Days

Schools are a perfect place for growth: for the mind, creativity, friendships… and unfortunately, bacteria. Which means kids get sick frequently, which means sick days when your kids need to stay home and someone needs to be there with them. While you might be able to get scheduled days off covered by friends, family, or a planned sitter, last-minute sick days can make finding childcare as tricky as taking time off work. Many employers aren’t flexible with the time you need to take care of your family, but that’s less of a problem when you decide your work schedule.

While you can’t choose which hours school is in session, you can choose flexible work that can be shifted around. Whether you’d like something for a few hours throughout the day during school hours or a shift in the evening or on weekends, PeopleReady can help connect you to jobs that fits your needs, your skills, and your schedule.

About the Author

Anna Mischke is the Content Marketing Specialist for PeopleReady. Stories are what spark Anna and she's continually feeding her curiosity around the constant shifts in marketing, technology, and psychology - and their correlation with one another. Often, she's writing, feverishly reading, illustrating, or sneaking treats to her Scottish Fold kittens.

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