How do you work around Kindergarten schedules?

Gina - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I noticed that most Kindergartens are only half day (about 4 hours long) so how do most working parents who work full time handle this?

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Evelyn - posted on 08/21/2012

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Our town has wrap around care available - but I always found the best way was to work something out with friends. Maybe offer to watch a stay-at-home friends kids every Sat. night if she watches your child during the week? That would be worth it's weight in gold to a stay at home mom!

Traci - posted on 08/20/2012

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At my kids' school the parents have the choice to send them half day or full day. I made the choice with both boys to do full day. But even at that, they still get out of school well before I get out of work. Full-day school ends at 2:15pm. I don't leave work until 4pm or later. It becomes an issue for full-time working parents no matter what.

That being said, my kids have used an in-home daycare provider since they were ages 1 and 3. They continue going to that daycare provider before and after school. They catch the bus both ways from her house and we drop them off and pick them up at her house. The added benefit is that she feeds them breakfast at her house before they catch the bus so that's one less thing to add to our morning routine. She charges us $175/week for two school-aged kids. That includes care from about 6:40am until about 5:15pm (minus school hours) plus the breakfast and the afternoon snack. That also includes all day care during days when school is closed and throughout the entire summer. It's still $175/week during the entire summer when they are with her all day long. When you factor that in it's a pretty good deal.

Outside of daycare options, our school does offer an after-school care program that parents can use, but it's only open on days that school is in session. So when there is no school, us working parents still have to find alternative options. That's why I just stick with my daycare provider.

Karen - posted on 08/20/2012

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I took CPR, first aid, and child care classes, so as to open a daycare in my home. While he is in school I get all my cooking and chores done. When I pick him up mid-day, I pick up 2 extra kids whose parents pay me 150 each a week for aftercare till 6pm.

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Marsha - posted on 10/01/2012

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Kindergarten at my daughter's elementary school just went to full day care, the year AFTER she was in Kindy. Before school care isn't offered, but SACC (after school) is. Hubby arranged with his boss to rEport to work after dropping her off at school and I pick her up after school from a babysitter who works in her building. Kindergarten year was nuts, but luckily I thought of a friend of hubby's from high school who was home with her son. He started kindergarten the following year so she transported our daughter to PM kindy. Kindy's less than 3 hours here! Our summer intro to school camp (and even bible school for that matter) was longer/day !!



I think you need to be creative.... And flexible. Two hours delay days still keep us jumping because between the 3 of us we are in 3 different school districts and can have 3 different schedules

Jessica - posted on 09/28/2012

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I always wondered about this! The thought of this terrifies me. Of course, it's not much different from the preschool schedule we have now, but I also have a flexible schedule which may not be the case once the kiddo hits kindergarten.

Reena - posted on 09/25/2012

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Our daughter's daycare has an accredited full day Kindergarten program. We just kept her there for Kindergarten. Smaller class size, full day, close to my office. It is much better for us than sending her our town's K program.

Robyn - posted on 08/24/2012

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Some churches will also have daycare, my daughter goes to preschool for a half day and then they have daycare for them and school aged kids until 6. Hope that helps!

Alysha - posted on 08/21/2012

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I do know that some schools offer all day kindergarten, for free in most states. I would look at your school district and see what they offer.
If not, than daycares do either have a bus to come and pick up the school kids and brings them back to the daycare. I know my daycare does that for it's school kids.

Stephanie - posted on 08/21/2012

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We found a daycare right next door to our daughter's school that provided child care in the morning, walked her over after lunch for afternoon kindergarten, picked her up after school and cared for her until 5:30. Many other parents I know sent their children to private school for kindergarten which cost about the same as the before and after school care I used. This really demonstrates the need for full-day K which also produces better academic outcomes.

Jamie - posted on 08/20/2012

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My kindergartener goes from 815-1140 and our daycare was short handed and couldn't pick her up after so we took her out, but kept our younger two in. I keep her with me on my lunch break, and after lunch I take her to my husband who gets off work at 130. Kinda sucks, but we are saving a little money not having to put her in daycare after school. I wish her school went until noon though. They also don't have aftercare, which is really unfortunate for working parents!

Stephanie - posted on 08/20/2012

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I'm stuck in the same place a bit worse it's 2-1/2 hours where I live.
I'm having to take my son to his old daycare until 12, then they are going to drop him off to school, after school I have to decide wether to have the daycare pick him up or to have his sister (12) take him with her to the boys and girls club where she goes after school.
I think it's a lot of back and forth but the alternative is to leave him in daycare and he already covered the pre-k curriculum they had, he's so well versed and his reasoning is just amazing that leaving him there would set him back.

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we hired a nanny-sitter (a baby sitter that did a LOT more than just babysit...like a Nanny). She came in the morning when I had to leave for work. She got my daughter up and dressed and on the bus, then she went home (lived like a mile away). Then she came back to get her off the bus, did homework, fed her lunch and entertained her the rest of the day. She did things like pick her up from school when she was sick, took her for her haircut, even took her to dance class one day every week. We offered her $25 per week more than the local before/after care program and she took it. It worked out VERY well. The trick is it i has to be someone close that does not mind going home when they go to school and coming back.

Bryanna - posted on 08/19/2012

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A lot of schools have an aftercare program that will keep them until regular school is out... Many schools also have after school care programs either on site or at a nearby school and will provide the transportation there. I know here in CA, the program is more cost effective the more you use it.

Gabrielle - posted on 08/19/2012

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We found that our daycare/preschool had a kindergarten program that ran from 9-4. And we had access to child care before and after, from 6:30 am to 6 pm. They would just mix the Kindergarten in kids back in to the Pre-K classrooms for that time (and since most of the kids had been there for Pre-K, they were used to the teachers and classrooms). It was not cheap, but the arrangement worked very well for us, we thought the level of education was well worth it, and because it was a private Kindergarten, the class size was limited to 17 (and we ended up with only 13 kids while our daughter was there).

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2012

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We have a childcare center that picks up from the school. We use Tutor Time and are very happy with the homework help!!!! I used to have a "nanny" that would pick the girls up, and am considering a two day split, since I like the idea my kids are home resting vs. staying at a childcare center until 5pm. If you look at your schools website, they may offer on grounds before & after school services also (it's usually least expensive). Good luck :)

Abigail - posted on 08/15/2012

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Our daycare had a "kindergarten fun" program which was open 6a-6p and the town provided bus transportation for them. It was a bit "too much" for my child to have to get used to two new teachers, classrooms and sets of children. The trend for schools is leaning to "all day" kindergarten because evidence shows it better prepares the children for the older grades and luckily our town has just done this so my daughter will have all day kindergarten and not have to shuffle between two classes.
Another option you have would be to check out the parochial schools. It was about the same cost as the 1/2 day daycare and all them had all day kindergarten.

Katherine - posted on 08/07/2012

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Most parents I know, have a daycare that takes them to school and picks them up. That way the parent doesn't have to worry about that.

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