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Childcare challenges

I read with interest your article 'Different Aspirations' (NCE 3 July). It was encouraging to see three women having successful careers especially the two who had children.

However, they had both worked full time and only taken very little time off when their children were born. Thus they have had "male style" careers. It would be interesting to see how women who have worked part time have faired with their careers.

I had my first child at 28 and by the time I am 36 both my children will be in school. I now work part time but I can see that I will want to work full time again. At 36 you shouldn't be unemployable.

Many men and women would like to work part time while their children are small, taking full time roles later on when their children are a bit older. I would hope that the construction industry is wise enough to see that people who have worked part time for four to eight years are still valuable.

Ruth Haynes (M), 4 Courtmead, South Stoke, Bath, BA2 7EB

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