Until very recently, were you a stay-at-home mom? Or, it might be that unforeseen circumstances led you to be a single dad. There's probably a story behind every circumstance that has led you to look for a good place for your children to stay while you are at work.
No matter the scenario, are you looking for ideas that might help? If so, from arranging for a family member or a friend to watch your preschool-aged children in your home to selecting daycare services for your little ones, here are some ideas that might help.
Help From Somebody Close To You - Have you considered that grandparents might be overjoyed to be asked to help? Or, it might be another family member or a close friend who steps in to watch your children while you are at work. It's pretty unlikely that grandparents will accept payment for watching the grandchildren. However, there are certainly other ways you can compensate them for this important service. For example, gift cards to their favorite restaurants or even to the grocery store where they shop would probably be great ways to thank your children's grandparents for watching your children.
Perhaps a trusted friend has accepted your request to watch your children. In this case, that individual might be very willing to accept payment for his or her services. In fact, do you have a friend who is already watching other children for payment? Your kids would probably have a great deal of fun being in a home where there are other children to play with.
Arrange For Daycare Enrollment - Maybe you decided at the very beginning that you would simply enroll your preschool-age children in a daycare service. By doing so you are placing them in a facility where the caregivers have been trained to safely watch over those in their care. Plus, the caregivers will have the experience to help your children feel safe and happy while you are away from them.
One plus is that since you have more than one child, they will probably feel comfortable about going to daycare together. However, if there are tears when you leave, don't worry too much about that. The caregivers will soon distract your children, and they will soon be having fun with their new friends.
Your children will probably learn many new skills while playing with other children and while they are playing with educational toys. Don't be surprised if they even start the reading process by learning the sounds each letter of the alphabet makes. Daycare opens a whole new world for your children.
Contact local daycare centers like Lighthouse Academy to learn more about your options.