Anonymous

With the upcoming holidays & school breaks, how are parents handling childcare coverage?

I'd like to keep my daughter active (not just hanging around the house with a sitter) - there's got to be a better way than a Google search for what's available when school's out? Ideas? Thanks!

  • Anne
    Oct 23

    In-home daycares! Honestly, this is such a little known secret it almost feels like cheating. (You can even search for them on Winnie at winnie.com/childcare) So in-home daycares are usually run by one or two caregivers for a small number of kids (like 4-6). But they all get 2 extra slots for "school age kids" over 5 years old. They generally don't have any kids in these slots full-time. So even a home daycare that is full for infants and toddlers could still have room to take 1-2 older kids on a short term basis. Find some in-homes near you and call around! Just say you are looking for occasional holiday & school break care care for your daughter and ask if they do that (typically you'd pay by the day or week for this kind of care). It's SO much cheaper than camps and can still be a lot of fun for the kiddo. Home daycares, while more oriented for younger kids, are often full of toys, have backyards for play, etc. Definitely check it out as an option!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 23

    It's a mix of things. Sometimes we ask grandma to watch them, sometimes we shell out for camps (this can be $$ though). We also try to schedule our vacations over school holidays, even if it's just staying at home or doing a road trip. Sometimes people at my work bring their kids or work from home to watch them.

  • Sara
    Oct 23

    My daughter’s preschool has A LOT of holidays and school breaks. She has a little sister so she just gets stuck with whoever is watching sister that day (nanny or dad depending on the day) but other kids from her school have the teachers babysit on off days. I doubt this is relevant for school age kids but works well for preschool or daycare age since many of the teachers want to earn some extra income and are super well versed in activities to do with the kids.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 23

    This probably all depends on your specific area. We have year round schools where I live, so the kids have 3 weeks off, and 9 weeks in. Everything from the YMCA to tumble gyms, and probably even the schools have 'track out' camps and programs.

  • Michelle
    Oct 24

    YMCA “School’s Out” Camp is offered during all the school breaks— even 1 day breaks for holidays like Presidents Day. Also, many museums and community organizations offer STEM activities or camps for kids during breaks. We also opted to let our daughter attend her old daycare for 1 day last year— she loved it! We also enjoyed “Camp Granny” once or twice too— my mother’s favorite.

  • Johna
    Oct 24

    Search for drop-in centers! My kids love them and they're open most holidays. The ones here have indoor playgrounds, a video game room, books and toys plus they serve snacks/drinks. Costs about $7/hr and cheaper per kid if you send siblings.

  • Masha
    Oct 24

    We have field trips offered through our after school program