Struggling to find child care with hours that accomodate work schedule

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I'm a single mom, starting a new job which requires over time hours until 7 or 8pm for maybe 5-7 days each month. I'm having a hard time finding a child care (that I like), that accommodates later hours. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions out there on how I can still keep my job happy without sacrificing on the child care for my son - he's almost 3 years old and I preferred to have him enrolled in a child care center in hopes that he'll be better prepared for pre-K and Kindergarten.

Do I choose I child care I don't really like just because it has the hours I need, or do I choose the child care I like, and hope things work out?

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Tanya - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Tynesha:

Struggling to find child care with hours that accomodate work schedule

I'm a single mom, starting a new job which requires over time hours until 7 or 8pm for maybe 5-7 days each month. I'm having a hard time finding a child care (that I like), that accommodates later hours. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions out there on how I can still keep my job happy without sacrificing on the child care for my son - he's almost 3 years old and I preferred to have him enrolled in a child care center in hopes that he'll be better prepared for pre-K and Kindergarten.

Do I choose I child care I don't really like just because it has the hours I need, or do I choose the child care I like, and hope things work out?


 





If you don't like the child care, don't send your child there...it's hard I know, but it will work out.

Do you have anyone that you know that would be willing to wach your child in exchange for you watching their child, or children.

My now best friend and I do that, and in fact it was that need that actually got us to be really good friends. She was a single mother and needed child care for her daughter. Both our chidlren went to the same school.

You can get a vibe from someone when you first meet them. It is crazy to say, but I figured we would end up being friends when my family first met her and her daughter at the school's Open House. Both she and her daughter are now like family, and even my mother helps out with watching her daughter if I can't.

There is no money exchanged. When my husband and I want a date night and she is not busy she willingly waches our girls. She works nights, so she picks the girls up from school, and drops my two off at my job.

We have sleep overs for the girls, they are at each others birthday parties...my girls love her and her daughter.

To believe all this came about with her needing child care.

I hope this helps:-)

User - posted on 09/06/2009

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While my son is slightly older, I had the same concerns about a year ago when looking at pre-schools. I went with one I liked that offered after-care as an option. If the day care center you like doesn't offer such a service is there a staff that works there that both you and your son like whom you could make arrangements with. Hope everything works out for you.

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I would suggest choose a child care you like and hope things work out, as you continue to look for a center that will have the hours you need. When my kids were small I used the Day Care Action Council, which gives you listings of centers and licensed providers in you area. Hope this helps.

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