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Summer child care options for working parents

When school is out, working parents have several summer child care options


Summer break is party time for kids.  But for working parents, most summer child care options carry additional scheduling, cost, planning and logistics.


And did we mention additional cost?


Luckily you’re not the only parent who runs into challenges with summer child care.  There are several options that can be a fit for both you and your kids.


1. Summer Day Camps

Summer day camps are one of the most utilized summer child care options.


Day camp tends to be a better option for older children who are used to being in groups.


Explore local community centers to find day camps that would appeal to your child.  Churches often have summer programs as well.


Depending on the day camp’s schedule, your need for daycare might not be entirely covered by a day camp.  But on the plus side, you’ll be able to hang out as a family at night and on weekends as usual.


Find one that best fits your schedule.


Day camps tend to be on the pricier side, but can be a valuable summer solution for your family.


2. Hire a summer nanny


Hiring a summer nanny can be more convenient than you may think.


Several other working parents are in similar positions.  They need to find a nanny quickly who will fulfill their needs on their schedule.


Seek out parents that are in similar summer situations in your community.  Social sites can be a great reference.


If you know of working parents in your child’s grade that live nearby, ask if they would be willing to participate in a summer nanny share.


Nannies can be a lifesaver for working parents.  If you can’t afford one year-round, it may be easier to share a nanny with someone you trust for 3 months.


3. Join a babysitting co-op


Babysitting co-ops are similar to nanny shares.  They can be a cost-saving summer child care option if you find the right fit.


Babysitting co-ops are made up of groups of families who agree to watch each other’s kids for free.


The price is right, but you need to make sure every member of the co-op is on the same page.  Scheduling is also a challenge.


If you go the co-op route, make sure that everyone in the co-op is committed to the same level of support, dedication, time and energy.


4. Hire a tutor


The option of hiring a tutor is probably not your child’s first choice, but that’s OK.


A tutor can be one of the best part-time summer child care options to address both supervision and learning during the summer months.


Tutors don’t have to be math, reading, or science focused.  You can find good tutors who specialize in hobbies, crafts, and other more fun summer activities.


When choosing a tutor, come to an agreement on which areas your child could develop further.


Other parents or teachers in your child’s school can be great resources to find qualified tutors.


5. Sports and other extra-curriculars


As many working parents already know, sports are a great way for your child to expend energy.  They also learn how to collaborate in a team environment.


If your child is into soccer, basketball, softball, or volleyball, there are plenty of summer child care options involving sports.


Gymnastics and dancing programs also often have summer sessions.


6. All of the above


Some of the summer child care options are only viable in combination with other solutions.  If a full-time nanny or immersive day camp is not on the table, combine some options.


Look into supplementing a tutoring program with a sports schedule.  If you are able to work flexible hours, you may have more part-time summer child care options.


Whether you need to fill a whole day or just get a few hour breaks, combining a few options is a useful way to break up routine and broaden your kids’ summer experiences.