WORK & SICK CHILDREN — A BALANCING ACT

This is a collaborative guest post.

In today’s modern society, it’s perfectly acceptable for parents to go back to work while their kids are still young. That’s made possible by accessible child care options and flexible working options. However, when your child falls ill, you will find that this causes some major upheaval to this carefully weighted balance.

Many parents panic as soon as their child falls ill as it means that they need to take them out of school or nursery for the day. And they might struggle to find someone to look after them while they are at work. Thankfully, there are a few tips that can help you in this kind of situation. Read on to find out more!

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Is a sick day really necessary?

A sick day might not be necessary for your child actually. It all depends on the types of symptoms that they are experiencing. You probably won’t be able to get a doctor’s appointment at the drop of a hat, but there are now some apps, such as the new GP at hand one, that can put you in touch with a doctor in just minutes. They will be able to let you know whether your child should have a sick day. Usually, sick days are only required if the child is suffering from a contagious illness or they are in pain and discomfort.

Can you see if a friend or relative can help?

If you think that a sick day is necessary for your child but are unable to take any time off, you can always see if you have a family member or a close friend who is willing to look after them. In fact, it’s a good idea to speak to someone who might be happy to help out before your child falls ill. This way, you know that they are on standby, so you don’t feel bad about calling them at such short notice. It might also be worth giving their phone number to your school or nursery so that they can be contacted to pick the child up if you are ever unavailable at work.

Make sure you know your rights at work

Did you know it might be possible for you to take the day off work if your child is ill and you have no one else who can look after them? It’s true; the law states that parents are allowed to take a set number of days off each year to look after sick children. If you use up all these days, don’t worry. Your boss might let you take some unpaid leave. However, you should try and limit the number of days you take off unpaid as they will result in a significant cut to your monthly pay! Instead, your boss might be happy for you to work at home while you are caring for your child or to simply make up the time you take off at a later date.

It is possible to balance your busy work life with a sick child. Hopefully, this blog post has shown you how you can manage!


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