Daycare Centers or Home Daycare Programs:
Whether you’re seeking full or part-time care, either of these options could provide your children with a summer of fun. Many programs not only offer terrific activities on site, they also offer field trips and transportation to outside activities, such as trips to the zoo and swimming lessons.
Teen Babysitting: Another option could be a part-time teenage babysitter (with a car) who can take your kids to the pool, the library, the playground, and other fun places. If you choose this option, be sure to hire a responsible teen with a clean driving record. Ask for references, then check them.
The best resources for finding camps in your area, are more than likely your local Parks and Recreation, Athletic Clubs, Swimming Pools, Dance and Gymnastics Academies, Community Churches and Children’s Museums. By choosing a variety of camps and alternating them, your child can experience a well rounded summer by attending those that offer sports, arts and crafts or educational activities.
Summer School or Enrichment Classes :
If you’re looking to enrich your child’s summer with learning, you may want to check with your Community College, Parks and Recreation Department or Local School District. Typically a variety of courses are offered from all three resources on topics varying from acting and writing to foreign languages and math.
Regardless of the type of care you choose, be prepared by having a back up plan in the event that the class, camp or center is closed or canceled due to lack of enrollment or already filled to capacity.
Above all else, when you are selecting care for your child at any level, it’s a good idea to ask the following questions:
For small or private facilities:
- How long has the business, organization, class or camp been established?
- Do they have references?
For all types of facilities:
- Can you tour the facility prior to enrolling?
- Do the teachers, aides, coaches and providers have background checks?
- How many children are enrolled?
- What are the child to adult ratios?
- How are illness or injuries handled?
- What are the discipline policies?
- What safety precautions are taken regarding the arrival and departure of your child?
With a little planning and thought, you and your child can experience a summer filled with fun activities.