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Balance work/life

Hallo. I have a question. Iwork. My wife wants to work also but she has to take care of the children after they finish the kindergarten at 12:00. Do you know if the Swiss companies offer this flexibility? I mean to work from 7 or 8 pm until 12:00 and then from 13:00 to 17-18 pm from home!!!!
What other flexibility options are available in Switzerland for mothers with children????????????????????????????? Thanks in advance!!!!!!
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Re: Balance work/life

There is 'Hort' which is the possibility of them going from school to a lunch programme, and then back to school again. Ask the school what programmes the other parents use.

I guess it really depends on your wife's skills/qualifications and her employer's attitude - and her ability to get work done and still care for children.

The other option could be an au pair or nanny. That also gives flexibility as the nanny/au pair can care for the children in the home and when the children are sick.

The other option is to find a 'day' school - there are a few government schools that offer this option, and the private schools certainly do...

You have not been the first family to find themselves in this situation, and certainly will not be the last - juggling work and family is challenging - and finding part-time work to fit around the family expectations is also challenging - but many women do this - perhaps your wife can network amongst her friends/acquaintances and see what other mums do...
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Hallo. I have a question. Iwork. My wife wants to work also but she has to take care of the children after they finish the kindergarten at 12:00. Do you know if the Swiss companies offer this flexibility? I mean to work from 7 or 8 pm until 12:00 and then from 13:00 to 17-18 pm from home!!!!
What other flexibility options are available in Switzerland for mothers with children????????????????????????????? Thanks in advance!!!!!!
Are your kids as hyperactive as you sound?????????????? what with all your punctuation and everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If so, you might find difficulty getting somebody to look after them

Swiss companies tend to be quite flexible in terms of working hours in that many jobs are 90%, 60%, 30% etc, but I don't think that dual location (mornings from home, afternoons in the office etc) are common

Options for childcare has been covered many times....search on EF for "childcare", "kindergarten"...stuff like that.

And calm down on the punctuation....did you know that every time you use excessive keyboard strokes, a fairy dies
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