Posted by Jemma Breban on 19th December 2011

Returning to work as a lone parent can be a daunting prospect. You now have to combine your abilities as an employee with your parental responsibilities and can feel pulled in opposite directions.

To achieve a successful work/life balance, it is likely you will need to make changes both to your working pattern and your childcare arrangements.

Flexible Working

Fortunately, employers are becoming more aware of the benefits of flexible working both for business and the employee. Legislation states that:

Put Your Case Positively

When putting together your application for flexible working, consider your childcare needs together with the needs of the business.

If your application is granted and you are happy with it, make sure you get a revised contract.

Which Working Pattern Suits You?

Luckily, today the 9-5 working pattern is not seen as the only option. Many people choose to spread their hours as follows:

Parental Leave

As a working parent with one year’s continuous service at work, you’re entitled to up to 13 weeks parental leave for each child up until their 5th birthday (more if your child is disabled). Your employer does not have to pay for this leave but some may as part of your terms and conditions.

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