It is a full-time chore for a parent to find quality childcare, it can be especially difficult if you are seeking childcare for a non traditional work day other then 8 to 5. Childcare facilities and private providers have not increased in number and services offered to assist the nontraditional work scheduled parent. Lack of quality childcare can cause some parents to miss out on overtime or advancement opportunities, because help is not available to them. In this article we will explore a few non-traditional childcare options that may be available to you.
First, consider family and friends as an option. These are people you know and trust, who will have your child’s well being at heart. Many are eager to help and assist you when needed. If you will need their assistance for an extended length of time, you need to be prepared to pay them for services. You will be infringing on their free time, and asking them to commit to be available for you. You may agree on a reduced rate in respect to other childcare providers, but don’t take there time and kindness for granted. Also be careful not to be too critical of the care they are providing if possible.
Secondly, you may want to look into swapping out childcare with another family. This is where you agree to help each other out for specific times or occasions. For instance, you may only need to stay over at work on Monday nights so they are available for you for that evening in exchange for a day they need.
Thirdly, seek out a college student. They usually always need extra money, and have relatively flexible schedules. You can contact local colleges and universities, many of them have a job board posted for students to locate work that’s needed.
Fourthly, if you and another family need help maybe you can work your schedules to benefit each other and find a nanny or babysitter too share. You will have to be respectful of each others schedule and not encroach on the other families time, but it could be a win-win situation for all.
Lastly, you could even consider negotiating a lower rate at a drop in daycare center. They may be willing to work with you if they know they can count on your business for instance on Mondays and Wednesday for 4 hours.
It will take some work, and negotiating on your behalf to find a comfortable and suitable option for non-traditional daycare hours, but it can be done. Be persistent.
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