No school, sunny days and plenty of opportunities to play with friends makes Summer a child’s favorite time of the year.
Parents on the other hand are often filled with anxiety over these treasured months. A working mom is stuck figuring out who will take care of her children, while mothers that are home part of the Summer have to find ways to keep their children entertained .
These tips will help you find the right type of short-term child care that works for your family. Above all, make sure you feel comfortable with the situation ; a parent’s gut feeling is usually right, and you want to ensure that your child is always safe and protected. Also, keep in mind that all child care facilities , camps and individuals that come in contact with your child need to be accredited.
The most fun of all the options, summer camps can be a great experience for the right child. If your child likes making friends, enjoys organized activities and feels comfortable in new situations, then camps are a good child care option. Choose reasonable camps that will fill each week that you are not home. Sports camps are generally the lowest price and are widely available in most areas. Full-day camps usually offer lunch and provide before and after child care as well.
Organizations such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs are a good option for parents who need full-time child care for the entire Summer. These camp-like groups offer summer programs with weekly themes and fun activities for children. The benefit of a program like this is that your child will likely be with the same group of kids the entire Summer. Staff is always certified and are subject to background checks. Prices are lower than traditional camps and assistance may be available for low-income families .
The most expensive of the choices, traditional day care does offer some advantages. Educational focus and consistent instruction will keep your child prepared for the coming school year. Daycare facilities are always certified and teachers are more qualified . Most daycare programs also offer some fun Summer activities to keep the children active.
Although finding child care can often be stressful, it is not impossible. Use your own child’s preferences to help determine the best situation for him or her. Also, keep in mind that Summer is a great opportunity to spend time as a family. Save some vacation time and take a week or so to simply spend time together. Plan a full vacation or spend a few days at home playing and enjoying each other’s company, then create a scrapbook or album to remember the Summer fun!