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16-08-2009, 09:46 AM
Hi All

Research question again!

You are now all offical experts for my research project!!!

Past research identified that the majority of parents using childminder worked full-time in professional or managerial jobs.

Does this sound like your parents? What kinds of jobs do they do? Has anyone found this to be totally wrong?

I think this could be a dated comment and would love your epert opinions!

Thanks Jan

16-08-2009, 09:48 AM
WRONG :thumbsup:

one works in a care home full time,
one is a student
one is unemployed but needs a break


16-08-2009, 09:54 AM
At present one is a teacher,
another a dental nurse.
Majority have been teachers, lecturers or mums who want a bit of space!!!

16-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Wrong I have had:-

Van drivers.
Shop Assistants.
Sare workers.

16-08-2009, 10:03 AM
Not here!

I have -

1 self employed artist - part time;

1 Vet - part time;

1 roofer - full time (older child so before and after school);

1 hotel conference manager - full time (older child again);

1 Starbucks waitress - part time;

In the past I have cared for the children of teachers, students, young parents, people referred by social services etc.

Hth :D

16-08-2009, 10:05 AM
i've had families who work with computors, civil engineers, farmer, college student, working from home doing ???, an artist, teachers, nurse, car mechanic.


sonia ann
16-08-2009, 10:10 AM
child 1 2 teachers
child 2 1 teacher
child 3+4 1 teacher
child 5+6 nurse and lawyer
child 7+8 lecturer and IT
child 9 nurse
child 10 nurse and joiner
child 11 nurse and retail
child 12 early years and management
child 13 2 teachers
child 14 nurse and IT
child 15 teacher and GPO
child 16 IT
child 17 nurse and security
child 18 child care and police
child 19 retail and gardener

so yes the majority of mine are in professional or management jobs

16-08-2009, 10:19 AM
over 5's
Child 1 - part time shop worker
child 2 - managerial factory worker full time
Child 3/4 - part time shop worker

under 5's
child 1 - part time shop worker
child 2 - young mum back to work training
child 3 - school lunch cook
child 4 - trainee social worker
child 5 - part time police officer

I have cared for a few teachers children, seem to have had a run of non connected trainee social workers and police people, and general office workers.

sue m
16-08-2009, 10:23 AM
I only have one set of parents and they both work full time for UK Border Patrol.

16-08-2009, 11:26 AM
We have

1 ministry of defence
2 care worker
1 air force
1 office worker
2 doctors
1 doesn't work just wants a break
1 teacher
1 shop assistant
1 taxi driver
1 bank manger
1 train driver
2 secretary
1 builder
1 post man

16-08-2009, 11:53 AM
I have:-

2x police officers

1x part time proof reader

1x building society boss

xxx jo

16-08-2009, 12:20 PM
I have

a IT manager
a nurse
an RAF soldier
office worker
van driver
driving instructor

16-08-2009, 12:24 PM
i have
1 thats supposed to have been getting a job for the last 6mnths!!
2 that work for police
1 teacher
1 mechanic

16-08-2009, 12:41 PM
child 1 & 2 - teacher and MD
child 3 & 4 - 2x teachers
child 5 - teacher and stay at home mum
child 6 - photographer/computers and stay at home mum
child 7 & 8 - professional management
child 9 - officer and management

mandy moo
16-08-2009, 02:01 PM
I only have 1 child at the mo,
Mum isjunior managment for a well known retail company
dad is an RSPCA inspector

16-08-2009, 02:02 PM

Mum - area sales rep for medical research company
Dad - Secondary school PE teacher

Part-time before/after schooler

Mum - Senior staff nurse - part-time
Dad - RAF Officer

Full-time before/after schooler

Mum - Cpl in RAF

16-08-2009, 02:32 PM
Yes for me it has been true, my main parents are fulltime doctors and 1 nurse during past few years :)

The other is a fulltime manager in Inland revenue, in between i have had 2 part time non professional roles :)


16-08-2009, 03:11 PM
I have had:

Teacher (Mum) / Butcher (Dad) - Term time only

Head teacher (Mum) / Civil Servant (Dad) - Part time

Hotel Receptionist (Mum) / Chef (Dad) - Part time

Office admin (Mum) / Builder (Dad) - Part time

Police Officer (Mum)/ Solicitor (Dad) - Full time

Dr (Mum) - Full time - LONG HOURS!!!!

Teacher (Mum) - Term time only

Shop manager (Mum) - Holiday cover

The rest have been for mums that basically want there own time & are "housewives" - these have all been part time except one who was full time.... HTH:)

16-08-2009, 03:15 PM
I have had

Part time in Admin x 3
Nurse part time
part time receptionist
student at uni

16-08-2009, 03:45 PM
1, p.a and solicitor
2, both run a property management buisness
3,dentist, cabinet maker
4, teacher,and soldier
5, nurse,
6 nurse ,doctor
8, tree surgeon and pharmicutical sales manager

i think a lot of it depends also on your area aswell

16-08-2009, 04:32 PM
currently have

child 1
mum- swimming pool manager dad - bus mechanic

children 2 and 3

mum - swimming pool shift manager dad - glass cutter

children 4 and 5

mum - part time office worker dad- plumber

in the past have had

a teacher
a city worker
a mum who suffered depression and needed a break
an airport check in clerk
a doctors secretary
a sales manager

16-08-2009, 04:34 PM
1 set (2 children) - full time both parents engineers
another 2 days both parents bank workers
Set 3 full time mum nurse, dad sales
set 4 3 days dad IT Mum british gas
set 5 before and after school 4 days mum bank manager dad engineer.

Princess Sara
16-08-2009, 04:37 PM

One is part-time rota work as a nurse.
One is two full days a week.
Two start college in Sept and don't like the look of the creche provided.

16-08-2009, 04:39 PM
I have (all part time):

2 x mom sure start advisor/ dad ed phyc

3 x single mom - care worker

1 x mom - care worker / dad - dairy worker

1 x mom - legal sec / dad - owns Nandos according to child, LOL

the rest are 'me time' moms.

16-08-2009, 05:06 PM
No mine have been:
1. An self employed accountant. Part time
2. Charity worker. Full time
3. A teacher.Part time
4. Works for a bank. Part time
5. Works for environment agency.Part time
6. Works for Rail track. Part time
7. Teaching assistant. Part time
8. Works for SWITCH who train people in first aid and other Childcare certificates. Part time

Mine are mainly before and after school though the teaching assistant is part time but from 8.30am-12.30am.

16-08-2009, 05:07 PM
i am taking on one young mum returning to school, an office assistant, an after school club worker and a nursery teacher

16-08-2009, 05:10 PM
MIne .... Starting with the first child I had -

1. Police officer and Legal secretary

2. part time older person carer

3. Prison officers

4. Owns own business and secretary

5. Shop keepers

6. Gas engineer and College student (college pay me)

7. part time old person carer

8. Part time boat yard worker

9. Window fitter and part time old person carer.

So I think for me, it is a bit of both, but it is generally anyone, definately not jsut professional types.

16-08-2009, 05:52 PM

1. m- self employed dance school owner and teacher/ d- self employed builder p/t but parents work full time and cove the time between themthey work pm and we

2. m & d self employed musicians p/t same as above

3. m- office accounts admin / d-works for a bank f/t 50hrs wk

4. m- imigration officer / d-works for an alarms company f/t 40hrs wk

5. m & d police inspectors f/t 47.5hrs wk 2 mindees

6. m- works as a carer was a childminder p/t before and after school + hols

7. m -teaches business studies at college p/t before and after school + hols


Teachers, office work, police officers, accountants (lots!) doctors, Arts council, Charity administrators, nurses, dental nurse, baker, translator, carpenter for the Houses of Parliment, journalist and civil servants.

16-08-2009, 06:01 PM
Past research identified that the majority of parents using childminder worked full-time in professional or managerial jobs.

That's a huge generalisation - think there are many other factors which could influence whose children you look after like where you live, who the major employers are (if any) in the area.

Yes, I've looked after the children of professional people but also students, casual workers and those who don't work at all.

Miffy xx

miss mopple
16-08-2009, 06:35 PM
My current parents are:

police officers
civil servants
office worker

I have previously had:

the majority of my previous clients have been teachers, also had a PA, cook, shop worker and care worker

16-08-2009, 06:37 PM
van driver
office worker x 2

fun house
16-08-2009, 06:43 PM
At the moment i have

a graphic designer. Mum works 4 days but is giving it up as she travels to far and wants to be with the children. The dad races sailing boats around the work so is home some weeks and then away for a few.

A mum who does her cleaning and gets other things done while i look after her daughter i day a week.

16-08-2009, 06:48 PM

16-08-2009, 07:54 PM

1x teacher
1xClass assistant
1xcivil servant
1x shop assistant

in past had office staff, police officer, prison warden, bar staff,


16-08-2009, 08:03 PM
L's mum works at homebase,dad is an electrician

Lu's mum is a teaching assistant,dad works in insurance in London

M's mum theatre director,dad middle management

16-08-2009, 08:31 PM
3 yr old who just finished - mum is an immigration officer.

Current parents:

T's mum works 2 days as accountant and 3rd day at college doing accountancy

P's mum works at local Field Studies Centre and in school office during term time

Soon to start mindee's mum is 16 yr old going to college

Past mindees parents job have been:

Soft Play Supervisor

Young widowed mum (whose MIL paid for them to come to me 2 days a week so mum could have break)

Office clerk

Health Care Assistant

16-08-2009, 08:44 PM
Hi All

Research question again!

You are now all offical experts for my research project!!!

Past research identified that the majority of parents using childminder worked full-time in professional or managerial jobs.

Does this sound like your parents? What kinds of jobs do they do? Has anyone found this to be totally wrong?

I think this could be a dated comment and would love your epert opinions!

Thanks Jan

2 parents a S/E Beauticians
1 Call center operator

I have had a mum who works in a pub (bar staff)
one mum who was a student
one mum who was a SS referral for respite (she didn't work)
1 dad who work for a telecommunications company and his wife work in social care

I actually use a childminder myself as well while I do my weekly student bit!

16-08-2009, 09:25 PM
A mixture for me too

child 1: mum is a civil servant
child 2: mum is a booking office clerk
child 3: mum works for the council, dad manager
child 4: mum is a van driver, dad is a mechanic
child 5: mum is a civil servant, dad is in IT
child 6: mum is a civil servant, dad is self-employed IT consultant
child 7: mum owns a florist, dad is a fire fighter

I have had a child in the past who's mum was a teacher and 2 other children who's mum was a student nurse.

16-08-2009, 09:26 PM

OMG - Hebs has got to you with all this Christmas malarky:laughing:

17-08-2009, 12:54 PM
I have at mo

Pharmacy admin/ pest control


works in a bank

Teaching assistant x 2

Receptionist/factory worker

17-08-2009, 12:58 PM
Child 1: Mum is manager of homeless charity and Dad runs cables for a communications company.

Child 2: Mum is a teaching assistant and dad works from home and sells boilers

Child 3 and 4: Mum is a full time care assistant and dad is a long distance lorry driver.

So think that the times have changed!

17-08-2009, 01:39 PM
family 1 - nurse and retail worker
family 2 - plasterer and production line engineer
family 3 - retail admin and call centre worker
family 4 - student

others in the past have been:
childminder and policeman
childminder and garage service desk employee
non working mum and electrician
customer service trainer and manufactoring supervisor
operating theatre team member (not classed as a nurse or doctor though)
bank new business manager
teaching assistant and ciculation dept worker

Bit of a mix really.

17-08-2009, 03:39 PM
wow thats interesting stuff. alot of teachers there.

mine are.

2 after shoolies whos mum is a student and ive just realized i dont know what dad does!:eek: should i know? i have contact mumbers for them both so thats ok :rolleyes:
and 1 inquiry from a teacher who hasnt had her baby yet but wanted info.

17-08-2009, 05:22 PM
ok my mindees parents are

child 1) mum - Deputy manager nursery/ dad- builder

child 2. mum - drama teacher/ dad- locksmith

child 3. mum - nurse/ dad - housing manager

child 4. mum - surestart/ dad - council worker

child 5. mum - english teacher/ dad - charity worker

Child 6. mum - nursery nurse

child 7. mum- dinner lady & cleaner