Childcare fell through just days into new job

I started a new job recently as a teacher in a secondary school. I went back to work with full time childcare. However, very early in  my childcare fell through and I was given five weeks’ notice that I would have no childcare at all. I informed my employer straight away and resigned, the normal end date for a teacher would be the end of term, but I asked for special consideration to be taken so I could leave early. They have taken five weeks to get back to me and they have now said I have to come back after half term full time –  I had managed to get two days childcare, but I cannot do the other three days in the week as I have no family or childcare options local to me that are avaliable with short notice – what can I do? I was going to be fully open and honest with them and say well I can not come in I do not have anything for my baby! Can I just ring in each day and say I do not have childcare? They are fully aware of my situation. I am already having to give up my teaching career for this. Is there anything at all I can do or that they can do if I call them and say I will not be in this day because of childcare? I have never been in this situation before so I just do not know where to go from here.


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I would advise that you check your notice period/ contract again. As you have only been there since January your notice period might not be as long as usual as sometimes they are shorter during probationary periods.

If this isn’t the case, I would then state that it took five weeks for your employer to reply so this should also count towards your notice period and can that be deducted off the amount of time you have to work.

You could try asking for a compromise again, saying she can only do two days per week or you will have to leave without giving correct notice.

I would advise you also speak to the head teacher and HR again to make your situation clear.

If you did leave without giving the correct notice then your employer could make a legal claim against you and they could be awarded damages for any losses they may have suffered as a consequence of the breach of contract. However, this is highly unlikely, but still a risk you should be aware of.

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