When I was a kid, my mom hired a sweet elderly lady in our neighborhood to care for me and my sister during the daytime. Over the years, this wonderful woman kept dozens of children at her small home. She was talented at her position. I was never bored. In the mornings, I enjoyed reading a variety of books. During the afternoons, my caretaker played several educational board games with the children she kept. I learned new words, gaming strategies, and teamwork while sitting around her dining room table playing these fun games with other kids. On this blog, you will discover how to incorporate educational board games into your daycare’s schedule.
Many people think that once their child starts Kindergarten and public education, they are done with childcare. However, if you cannot clock out from your job until 5:00 pm, you are going to need to think about after school care for your child.
Childcare for school-age children is different than care for babies and toddlers. Your ten year old would not appreciate you sending them to a care center where they work on colors, the alphabet and sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" all day.
Types of Childcare
You may have a couple of different choices for after school care depending on your location. Groups such as the YMCA may offer an after school program at the school your child attends. The benefit of this is that you don't have to worry about your child going from school to the day care facility.
A second option would be an actual, certified childcare facility. Facilities that specialize in after school care usually have their own 'bus' or other vehicle to pick up students from their schools.
Finally, you could have an in-home nanny or after school babysitter to take care of your kids. This is often the least expensive option; however, if your care person is sick, there is not a system set up to fill the gap.
Play or Work?
Generally, your child will be at after school care for two to three hours. Find out from the facilitator what sort of activities are going to take place in that time. Are the children required to do homework while they are there? Do you want your child to do their homework there, or did you want to help them with it when you are both home together?
Is the time spent allowing kids to play and relax from their day at school? Is there a snack? These are questions that you need to ask. Every day care center is different, but you need to find the one that is going to work for you and your expectations.
If you are hoping for the homework to be done before you pick your child up, then you should make sure that the teachers there are qualified to help them. Having an academic background is going to be very helpful.
Will Day Care Roll Over to Summer?
Kids get their summers off, but most parents don't. Will the day care you use for after school activities still be active during the summer months? You don't have to use the same day care facility for the school year and the summer, but it can be very helpful in maintaining continuity and security for your child.
For more information, contact a business such as Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.Share
12 March 2015