Childcare when kids start school full-time?

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Does your school offer before/after school care? That is what we use with our son and he absolutely loves it because he gets to be with his school friends a few extra hours a day!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

My next door neighbour is a child minder so she takes the kids to school and picks them up and has them until we get home. We only pay for the hours she has them. We’re lucky! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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wonderwedding :  Using a nanny for that is pretty common. I think it mostly appeals to college students who want to work for a few hours a day. You shouldn’t have a problem finding someone to pick the kids up and then hang out with them for a few hours.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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wonderwedding :  When you’re interviewing nannies, find out if they would potentially be interested in full time over the summer. And if not, then you can hire a summer nanny and a school year nanny. 

To make the job slightly more appealing, you could also have them come an hour or two before they pick up the kids just to do the kid’s laundry, pick up toys, etc. Or not. It’s up to you and your nanny. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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wonderwedding :  Yes, there are. A college student who is available in the afternoons would be perfect, and there are a lot of those. Also, you could hire a different person to be a full time summer nanny, and they may return in the summers to come. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Depends on where you are, but generally no. Maybe if you can find a college student for during the school year and employ a full time nanny during the summer. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I did exactly this as a college student – during school (for both me and the kids), I picked them up from school and watched them until their parents came home, and during the summer I came over in the morning and stayed all day. It was perfect for me… maybe you can find a college student if your current nanny can’t reduce her hours?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Not sure where you are but the college student option doesn’t work here. You need to be registered with OFSTED to provide childcare here along with having all sorts of insurances and licences.

have you thought about a nanny share? They are very popular here. You pair up with another family and share the cost of the nanny. You can pair with a family with pre school kids and then the nanny can do pick up for you in term time and full time in holidays. You’d just adjust the percentage you pay for those times 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I used summer day camps and my afternoon nanny during the summer and then a part-time summer nanny once they were too old to care about camps and could spend some time alone during the day.

You can have an afternoon nanny during the school year and a full time nanny over the summer but they may be two different people. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

My daughter has before/after school daycare at her school during the school year. In the summers, she goes to summer camps and we also take time off to be with her and travel.

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