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Now that you’ve decided to be a working homeschool mom one of your top concerns might be child care.
After all, it is reasonable to wonder when you’re at work but your kids are homeschooled, where do they go during the day?
Before I even started to look for work I asked around and had a few options open to me. I am one of the blessed ones in that I had family living nearby. We also hired a sitter for a few hours.
Also be sure to thoroughly investigate anyone or any facility you choose to leave your child with.
Child Care Solutions For Working Homeschool Moms:
Homeschool Teen: Many hire a homeschool teen during the week for a few hours a day to help keep your younger kids on track while you are working.
Au Pair: Many working homeschool moms have had success hiring an Au Pair.
According to AuPair.com “Au Pair is defined as a young person (between the ages of 18-30), who goes abroad to live with a native family and learn (or perfect) a language in exchange for childcare.”
Nanny: Similar to an Au Pair but usually local.
Work opposite schedules from your spouse. The downside is you do not see your spouse as often but you do not have to worry about a babysitter. This takes great communication and co-operation on from both of you.
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Day Care: This is a great option for younger children.
Workplace daycare: Some business have an onsite daycare for their employees.
Family or Friends: This is a great option if you have reliable family or friends nearby that support homeschooling. Be careful not to wear out your welcome
Homeschool Care Swap Group: This is where you can swap watching the kids with other local homeschool moms. Be sure to check local boards and Facebook Groups.
Trade with another working mom who is in need of childcare.
Hire a stay at home mom to take care of your kids. Many appreciate the chance to bring in a few extra dollars.
Have a friend hang out to do “fun stuff” with your kids while you work. This is a great way to combine hands-on learning with child care.
Make use of “camps” provided during public school breaks. Check your local Facebook groups, library and grocery stores to see what is available in your area.
Another option for finding local childcare is Sittercity.com. Similar to the above.
Leave older kids home alone while working. Using check-in programs, or security measures will help you feel at ease. Be sure they know Emergency numbers and how to contact you.
Hybrid-Homeschools. These may be an option in your area where you can drop your child off 1-2 days a week. (May also be called a “Homeschool Academy”)
You will want to interview your child care providers before you have them watch your children. If you are wondering what to ask read: What To Ask Child Care Providers
Sick Child Care Solutions:
When your child gets sick it can be hard to find someone willing to expose themselves to germs. Be sure to have a backup plan in place.
- Create your own village. Talk with family and friends that have part-time jobs, or a flexible schedule before the situation arises. Try to work out a reciprocal arrangement when a backup plan is needed.
- Ask other working homeschool moms. They will likely understand how stressful having a child that is sick and needs to leave is.
- Take the steps you can at home to help prevent the spread of illness.
- If you live in a town with college students or know homeschool teens who you trust-work out a backup plan with them for sick days.
- Barter: Sometimes other moms who are willing to watch your sick kid don’t need a sitter-they need errands run, kids dropped off and books to be picked up.
- Trade: They watch your sick kid, you pick up cookies after work on your way home. Get creative!
- Make your home “work friendly”. As a last resort, you may be able to stay home with your child and still get some work done. Be sure to work out the details ahead of time with your boss and provide the sick kid with quiet activities they can do.
Whatever childcare option you choose it is vital to have good, open communication between you and the childcare provider. Set clear expectations about routines, if you will have school work completed and what to do if they get stuck or the child resists, and house rules.
If you need ideas of questions to ask a sitter be sure to read: What To Ask Child Care Providers
Do you work and homeschool? What child care solution have you found that works for your family?
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