Julie Sands

“On becoming pregnant with my first of two children it was clear to me that I wanted to continue working but keep a healthy work life balance.  My employer was very accommodating, I was able to customise my hours from the children starting nursery then primary and through to secondary education.  Working 4 shorter days allowed for morning drop offs, leaving Friday for family time. 

Over the years I have altered my hours to suit school. I now work 5 days a week with three of those as shorter days. I learned very early on that planning and organisation were key to the success of working these shorter hours. The flexibility afforded to me by my employer has meant I have been able to be around for my children which has also given peace of mind to my husband who works away from home time to time.