Top 15 part-time jobs for the over 50s

If you’re looking for an opportunity to top up your pension, stay active in the community or simply learn some new skills, then a part-time role could be for you. During your earlier career, you may have struggled to find a work-life balance, setting aside passions and interests in favour of job stability, earnings and progression. Or perhaps you’ve already retired, and miss the sense of purpose that comes from being at work. 

Whatever the reason, more and more people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are finding fulfilment from starting a new part-time career. We’ve pulled together a list of 15 popular part-time jobs for the over 50s to get you started.

1. Tutoring

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Tutoring a child or young person is an extremely rewarding way to give back to the community and usually has a great hourly rate. Private tutors typically earn between £20 and £40 per hour and get the chance to watch their student grow and progress with each tutoring session. There are opportunities to tutor individuals in most subjects, so you can choose your area and level of expertise. You may hold relevant qualifications in this area or you may have built up substantial knowledge in a particular subject area through other means. The number of hours you choose to work are completely up to you. The role is fully flexible and you can take on as little or as much work as you like. You can find everything you need to get started by visiting companies such as Tutorful and Tutorfair.

Interested in gaining a qualification to help you become a tutor?

Want to sign up as a tutor today?

2. Childcare


If you enjoy being around children and don’t mind working flexible hours, this could be the role for you. You could look after children for a couple of days a week (either in your own home or in the children’s home) whilst their parents work, or on occasional evenings and weekends. This is a caring and supportive role where you will carry out tasks such as cooking and homework help. You will also have a close role with the parents – providing them with updates on their kids’ activities.

For this role you don’t require formal qualifications but are usually required to have a clean Ofsted DBS certificate and a full UK driving licence. Websites such as allow you to advertise yourself as a childminder or babysitter, so that local families can get in touch. Hours and pay are usually negotiated between yourself and the family.

For those who live in London, Koru Kids – a London-based childcare service that takes on Nannies of all ages, with the aim of training them up (including First Aid) and placing them with a suitable family.

Looking to get a childcare qualification?

Apply for childcare roles nationwide

Based in London? Koru Kids are hiring on Rest Less now...

3. Driving

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If you’re interested in the freedom and flexibility that a role out on the open road could give you then it could be worth applying for a job as a driver. Many driving opportunities will allow you to work on a self-employed basis – for example, taxi company Uber or food delivery company Just Eat – meaning that you can work to your own schedule and take on as little or as much work as you need.

You may also be surprised at the range of different roles available, from taxi driving, to food delivery through to working in patient transport. If this sounds like your cup of tea and you’re interested in exploring a career behind the wheel then you could try reading our recent guide to the top 8 driving roles below.

All you typically need is to be a safe and confident driver, with a full UK driving licence. You may sometimes need your own vehicle, but some companies are willing to supply one for you. So why not take a look today and you could be earning behind the wheel in no time.

What kind of driving role would you be interested in?

Find and apply for a driving role today

4. Dog Walking

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Dog walking is the perfect part time job for people looking to get outdoors in the company of one or more furry companions. Wherever you live, the chances are there are dogs that need walking, so this is your opportunity to get out and about in your local community. You can also choose the hours that suit you.

There are several ways you can go about dog walking. You may be able to build up a client base in your neighbourhood through word of mouth, advertising in your local vet or leaflet dropping. If you don’t want to worry about having to find your own clients, you may also be able to get a part-time role with a local dog walking service or even head online and  find dogs that need walking nearby through a website like Tailster*.

Fancy getting started as a dog walker?

5. Consulting


This is a fantastic part-time career role for retired professionals who have spent many years in a corporate environment building up extensive knowledge and experience. As a part-time consultant, you will simply exchange your knowledge for money. It’s great for businesses as you can give them access to specialist knowledge and advice without them having to take on an expensive full time employee. For example, a local company or an individual might need help updating their website every few months and will happily pay you to update it for them. You might well be surprised at how valuable your skills are to others.

Some businesses will hire part-time consultants directly, or you may decide to freelance by advertising your services online, so that individuals can approach you when they need you. For freelance opportunities, try starting with sites like Guru and Upwork to build up a client base.

6. Hair and Beauty

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Roles within the hair and beauty industry are ideal for people who love to meet and socialise with new people, and who enjoy making others look and feel great – giving them the confidence boost that they need.

Depending on what your interests are you could choose to be anything from a make-up artist to a nail technician, through to becoming a hairdresser. You’ll need to build up some expertise in whatever area you decide to work in, so most people either take a course and set themselves up on a self-employed basis, or apply for a job as a trainee employee at a hair or beauty salon.

Fancy giving it a try? Browse the health and beauty courses below, or why not see if your local hair and beauty salons have any trainee vacancies?

Looking to develop your skills in hair and beauty?

New Skills Academy offer a discount on all of their courses to Rest Less members. Take a look at their Beauty courses to see if there’s something for you….

7. Transition from full-time to part-time hours in your current role

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If you’re enjoying your current full-time job – but are keen to find more time for life around it – then you could try asking your boss whether you could cut down your hours. Before you approach your boss, it’s best to check your company’s handbook (or perhaps your employment contract) to find out what their policy is on things like part-time and/or flexible hours, telecommuting and job sharing to first assess your options and consider how you might feel if your boss offered you an alternative or a compromise instead.

It’s also a good idea to plan a proposal for how the company could manage on the days you would be off work if you were to cut down your hours. For example, would someone else need to be hired part-time to share your role, or are the team happy to split the extra work between them? It also helps if you can come up with an idea of which days you’d like to take off – and your boss is likely to be much more accommodating if you can be flexible about this i.e. if you can come into work on the company’s busiest days.

If your boss isn’t sure about the idea, then you could always propose that you trial the idea for one month to see if the arrangement works for both of you. Chances are, if you’re a valued member of the team who works hard, that your boss will try their best to work with you to reach an agreement.

8. Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

If you’re fit and healthy and exercise regularly, there’s no reason why you can’t train to become a fitness instructor and start teaching classes yourself. Exercise is for people of all ages and will help keep you fit and active throughout retirement. You might want to teach a high-intensity aerobics class, or something more gentle and relaxed, like yoga. You can usually take on as many classes as you wish on a weekly basis, giving you complete control over your hours.

Companies like Move it or Lose it offer full training to become a specialist fitness instructor for older adults. It’s also never too late to become a personal trainer, helping people work out on a one-to-one basis. More and more people in their 50s and 60s are retraining and studying for fitness qualifications to take up this role.

Start a new career as a Personal Trainer

Find a Personal Trainer course

9. Rent out your home

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A clever way to cut down your working hours, whilst still making enough money to make ends meet is to rent out your home on a short-term basis (whilst you’re still living in it). There are plenty of film and television companies who are always looking for new houses to film in and will pay to do so. And it can be fun seeing your house pop up on your favourite tv show!

If you have any spare room in your house, you could also consider renting it out to people for short-lets, whilst they are travelling – especially over the holiday periods such as Christmas and summer, as this is when people are most likely to be looking for somewhere to stay. Companies such as Airbnb are great for allowing you to list your property as available and find people who would like to pay to use it.

Whilst this is an interesting way to earn money, and it can be fun meeting new people, you should always make sure you know exactly who you are letting into your home – safety first!

Get started making money by renting your home

10. Small Business Owner

If you’ve got a hobby or skill that has the potential to earn you some money, why not take the leap and give it a go?

For example, if you’re skilled in arts and crafts, you could hand craft items to sell at marketplaces or online. This could allow you to practice and develop your skills whilst earning. Becoming a small business owner is not a fast track to a large sum of money, but it’s a chance to take control of your retirement and reignite old passions.

Today, more than ever, there is a lot of support available in the UK for those who want to start their own business. If you are interested in learning more, you can start by reading the Government’s website ‘Expert advice on starting a business’ and remember, fortune favours the brave.

Get some ideas for businesses you can start from home...

11. Travel Agent / Advisor

Travel agents help people find, plan and book dream adventures. Some people have been saving and planning trips for months or even years, so it can be rewarding seeing their excitement as you turn their plans into actions. There can also be additional perks attached to the job, such as discounts on travel, upgrades and free trips. You will learn a lot about other countries and cultures as you will act as a knowledge base for customers, providing them with information about countries they want to visit. There are also opportunities to work and train abroad.

Large travel companies like TUI regularly look for Travel Agents and Advisors and you can set up notifications to let you know about new jobs in your local area.

Read our guide on becoming a travel agent

12. Freelance Work

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Opportunities to work on a freelance basis are wide-ranging, especially now that it is so easy for people to share their skills with others online – and one of the perks is that you can take on as many or as little freelance projects as you want to. From blogging to photography, through to graphic design – there’s always someone out there who needs help with something and is willing to pay someone for it!

If you’re not sure what sort of freelance work you’d like to take on, then it’s best to first make a list of your skills and interests You may already be skilled or experienced in things that have freelance potential, which should allow you to start bidding on freelance projects on websites such as Upwork or Freelancer.

Or, if you fancy going freelance in something new, then it’s best to get as much practice in this area first either on your own or by upskilling and taking a course – which can really help to develop your skills and increase the chances of a client hiring you.

It’s also a good idea, where appropriate, to build a writing portfolio (such as on Medium) or design portfolio (such as on Behance) to show to clients, so that they can get an idea about the quality and style of your work. Usually, once you’ve got your first few clients, you can ask for references and recommendations – and you will start to gain new clients through word of mouth.

Want to develop your skills to get hired as a freelancer?

Set up your online portfolio website

Start advertising your freelancer services today

13. Admin


Administrative assistants can apply for roles pretty much anywhere as all companies of a certain size will have admin that needs to be done. You get to meet many interesting people and there can be great satisfaction from knowing that you are helping the company run efficiently. The breadth of opportunity is also wide and varied with many administrative assistant roles now handling HR functions and managing budgets. You will learn a broad range of skills, and it’s likely your role will vary day to day. If you’re someone who loves being organised and are happy to play a supporting role, then why not start searching for admin jobs today?

Ready to find an admin job?

14. Retail

A part-time role in retail is about far more than simply replenishing empty shelves or organising clothes by size, it’s a chance to build strong connections with people in your community. A customer facing role in your local high street helps you keep active, make new friends and find satisfaction in providing excellent customer service. You can also enjoy the perks of a staff discount and getting first dibs on popular items that sell out quickly. With a wide range of both roles and retailers, it’s up to you to choose something  that takes your fancy, whether it be food, clothing, furniture or something else.

Looking for a job in retail?

15. Film and TV Extra

Working as an extra for film and/or tv is an interesting and varied role that will allow you to see what goes on behind the production lines. You will be paid to simply be an extra body in film and/or tv shots. Maybe you’ll be a patient in the background at Holby City, or a random pedestrian strolling along Coronation Street.

You will get to learn about how film sets are run, as well as getting to meet with people from all walks of life. You don’t need to look like a model for this role – casting agencies accept people of all ages and backgrounds to reflect real life communities.

Want to get on the telly?

Casting agencies such as Extra People, Phoenix Casting and Mad Dog 2020 recruit extras around the country.

Don’t forget

Finding a part-time role that suits you may involve a bit of trial and error. This stage of life can be a great time to try something different and take on new and exciting challenges. If you don’t find the right role straight away, don’t give up – there’s something out there for everyone.

Looking for a new full-time career? You may want to read our article Career Change Ideas for Over 50s or browse our Career Guides for inspiration.

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39 thoughts on “Top 15 part-time jobs for the over 50s

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    Annoyed on Reply

    This is very patronising and insulting to the older generation – especially women. Having been a professional working person my whole life, I am expected to look after people’s brats or poop scoop for their mutts! Crass, middle class lifestyle BS.

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      Helen on Reply

      Hi Annoyed. I’m sorry you found our article didn’t resonate with you and thank you for taking the time to feedback. With a very diverse member base (over 250k and growing), we work hard to include a wide range of content and ideas. However, we understand that not every article will appeal to every individual. I hope you’ve had a chance to have a look around the site and find other items that are more relevant to you, your experience and expectations.

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      Jeanette on Reply

      I do agree with Julie who stated she was disappointed at such a scathing insult to the site. I was quite shocked at this negative outlook from someone who reports to have been a professional. I am also a senior professional in the nhs and looking towards retirement I found these options interesting to consider. I personally wouldn’t get involved with childcare or animals but some of the options were thought provoking. It was not patronising but helpful as the site is addressing a wide diverse section of the community who have different experiences both professional and otherwise.

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        Anonymous on

        I think it’s a helpful article. I’m a nurse and happy to continue that role – for now. But for future it’s helpful to see alternative ideas. Thanks

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        Esther on

        I think it’s a helpful article. I’m a nurse and happy to continue that role – for now. But for future it’s helpful to see alternative ideas. Thanks

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      Dave on Reply

      Really? It seems to me that you have a bit too much time on your hands. Why not spend it trying to cultivate a positive outlook rather than knocking other peoples’ efforts to provide useful information to those of us who are seeking to create a post-career direction in our lives?

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      Maggie on Reply

      I too am surprised that a professional should find this so insulting. I was recently made redundant and even at the age of 69 was happy to continue working. I found this site positive and uplifting and it has given me some hope in these difficult times.
      I actually think that your remarks were rather rude and totally unnecessary. Children are children not brats and dogs are not mutts. you clearly have never loved either.

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    Ray on Reply

    I am 76 and looking to retire, over the next year to two, from a craft business business, which we set up after taking early retirement from teaching in 1995. It has been a very rewarding experience in every way and has, as I have often said, “augmented our pensions very nicely”. I make two niche wooden products which are , literally, unique. I fear that when I pop my clogs the products will die with me. I live in the East Midlands and would be interested in meeting up with a practically minded ‘younger’ man or woman who would be interested in becoming my apprentice, for want of a better word.

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      Helen on Reply

      Hi Ray. What a wonderful idea – I am sure there will be people who would love to learn your craft.

      Given that this comments page can be accessed by anyone, I’ve taken the liberty of removing your phone number. However, can I suggest you go to our Rest Less Community pages, head to the local groups page and post on the area(s) closest to you. You are able to direct message people and vice versa and given that people need to sign up with a profile, it is a more private and secure environment and also much more targeted, versus hoping someone finds your comment on this specific article.



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      Liz on Reply

      Hello Ray
      I may know someone that would enjoy being your apprentice!
      Where are you based in the East Mids. I am in Rutland.

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      Chris T on Reply

      Hi Ray, did you find your apprentice. I am based in Birmingham, and am looking fr something just like this. How can you be contacted. ?

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      Anonymous on Reply

      Hi Ray
      Really interested to read your post.
      We haven’t retired yet but at a stage of looking for something to do to take us into retirement and beyond.
      If you haven’t found anyone yet, would definitely be interested.

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      Jane on Reply

      Hi Ray, if you are still looking for an ‘apprentice’ , I would like to get in touch. My husband would be an excellent candidate. I’m not sure how to get in touch directly.

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    Julie on Reply

    I have just joined this site and then was very disappointed to read such an insulting scathing attack about your site. Obviously this elderly professional doesn’t like children or animals but there is no need to post derogatory comments. You are trying to appeal to all types of individuals, their choices and abilities. We can all select what is or isn’t suitable for ourselves without such vitriol. I do hope other members are a lot more empathetic than that one
    I appreciate your hard work and commitment to helping the community

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      Helen on Reply

      Hi Julie. Thank you for your kind words of support. There was a question about whether to ‘approve’ the comment. However, in the end, people are welcome to their opinions and part of what makes Rest Less Rest Less is it’s wonderful breadth of members. Whilst almost all the feedback we receive is positive, we can’t please everyone, every time and those people are entitled to their say, too. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know you value what we do, that makes it all worth while.
      Helen from Team Rest Less

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    Katy on Reply

    Thanks for the ideas, I’ve been doing several of these ( not child minding or dog walking! ) over the last 7 years since taking early retirement. Unfortunately the situation this year has changed everything and all my paid freelance work has dried up. Difficult to know what will actually be available now.

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    Sue g on Reply

    Dont understand comments regarding dog walking etc no one is forcing you to pick up poop.Many professionals look forward to a less stressful, demanding job after all if you are retired what’s wrong with doing something completely different??

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    Sally on Reply

    Hi, I’ll be 66 on Tuesday, for the last 6 years until his death in May, I was a full time carer for my husband
    Prior to that I taught EFL students. Feeling unskilled and possibly too old to look for employment, wondering if there are courses that can get me back in the work force even part time

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      Helen on Reply

      Hi Sally. Thank you for your message. I’m sure you’ll be going through a challenging time after losing your husband, particularly after a long period of being his carer. As far as retraining, it might be a time to go gently with yourself and approach any courses with curiosity, rather than feeling as though you have to choose the ‘right one’. If you check out:, we have lots of free and low cost courses available, which allow you to have a taster of a topic, before committing to longer term or a more significant investment. If EFL was still of interest, you might find there are some refreshers or specific additional skills such as teaching on line – something you can do easily from home and to fit around your schedule.

      Wishing you all the best.

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    Barry Stoll on Reply

    I’m an 85 yo male, literate in every aspect of computing, with skills in management, mechanical engineering, sales, marketing, tech. translation and so forth. I’ve been searching for a home based job to utilise my skills to no avail. I think that prospective employes must think that I’m a doddery old fool with no business to be still looking for gainful employment. So all my years of experience and expertise are going to waste but heh, I’m a free agent and don’t really need the money!!

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    Kevin Nind on Reply

    Hi Barry.

    I would be interested in a chat. I have a building company that was almost destroyed after a serious non payment. I am (at 52) starting all over again. From 40 people to just 6.

    I was looking for an informal arrangement with someone who could use Excel and could measure plans and work out qtys.

    I just found Rest Less this week and am already a fan. I have happily employed people into their 70’s so 85 should be fine!

    I am not sure how anyone gets in contact with anyone else though??

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      Janet on Reply

      Hi Barry, I have many years of excel expertise and would be interested in the kind of informal arrangement you speak of. If you’re still looking maybe we could have a chat…..

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        Janet on

        Hi Kevin, I have expert level excel and other ms office skills and would be interested in a little part time work if you’re still looking…not sure how to get in touch with you though….admin can you help ?

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      Gaetano on Reply

      Hi everyone, thank you so much for being so active with your engagements at Rest Less, we are very proud of this!

      We must however be very wary of the protection of your privacy and confidentiality and we ask everybody to please always follow our Community Rules when posting/exchanging comments.

      You can find them here:

      Above all, please allow me to draw your attention to point number 5 as that’s very important:

      5. Respect everyone’s privacy (including your own)
      Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive. Please be mindful of this when talking to others – and do remember that this is a public forum, so please do not post anything that you would feel uncomfortable about being published on the internet.

      Thank you so much!


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        Gaetano on

        Hi Janet, the one way would be to use this comments section, which you are doing, and also the Community,, where you can send each other direct and private messages. Unfortunately we cannot proactively ask/remind one to reply to other Members’ comments/messages.
        Hope that helps

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    Upendo Christina Feza on Reply

    What? The western world is really a third world country with this backward approach to their older experienced people in the work force. All other continents would hire them in a heart beat in high ranking positions, even is energy demanding positions cause 50 is still very strong able body. Very stupid article and shameful.

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    Sheila Walton on Reply

    Well guess who loves children and animals especially dogs. Having retired 3 years ago I found I wasn’t ready to stop work so I found a job as a chaperone, yes even in lockdown I’m picked up from my home and then take a 6 year old profoundly deaf girl to and from school. I love it

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    Tony on Reply

    Loved some ideas, not so sure about others but well rounded what to do and how to do it suggestions. As a professional I could never look down on any job or the classes in need and taking up these positions.

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    Sharon Howley on Reply

    I agree with Jane Phillips. I am a skilled Creative Artworker, in the print and design industry for over 30 years from junior upwards. I was made
    redundant end of July due to “restructuring”, “forthcoming recession” and “coronavirus”. I have signed up with numerous agencies, applied for numerous jobs, not one response. Agencies haven’t a clue what they are talking about. All positions are given to younger creatives with far less experience for far less cash. Some who are recruiting are half my age and think they know more. Ditto experience counts for nothing. I tried the Dog Walking as listed as one of the “career changes”. A majority of the Dog Walking businesses have lost trade. One I know of has lost 3 years trade since March and another has gone from 7 days down to2 days a week. On the upside I did manage to get a temporary part time job for the Christmas period with Tescos, but what I do after that is beyond me. It’s not for the want of trying. No one wants to employ someone who has a skill set in a completely different trade.

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    Gaynor on Reply

    Hi everyone. Thank you for letting me join. At present I am 63 this year and I am looking to attach a few new strings to my belt. When I eventually retire in roughly 2 years time, I would like to get out there part time earn some extra cash and keep busy. Flower arrangements I feel would be an area to explore. Any ideas would be helpful. I live in Cardiff South Wales.

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    Veronica scotton on Reply

    I’ve been a childminder for 44 years. It wasn’t a career that I intended, just a job I took on as a convenience while my eldest children were preschool and before maternity allowance. My husband joined me about 20 years ago after recovering from cancer. Recently, after being advised to shield, we’ve decided to retire, I’m 69 but my husband is only 63 and so looking forward to finding work once the vaccine brings down the risks of COVID But in answer to the negative opinions of the lady with the negative comments about childcare, I don’t regret one second of my work in childcare. I’ve made many friends, I’ve helped many young professionals to advance their careers by keeping their children safe and happy and the self satisfaction I get as each child starts school happily and confidently because of our teaching cannot be measured in money

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