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School is about to restart, so working families will have to look for childcare again to close the gap between school and working hours. But this year seems to be even harder than usual – not as easy as it was usual – like many daycare centers and after-school care centers Experience a shortage of employees.

As frustrating as it is to work in a country that still doesn’t recognize reality 60% of families have two parents who work outside the homeUntil that changes, parents will still be stuck looking for back-to-school childcare.

If you still haven’t found what you need, we have a few ideas that you might be looking for.

Contact your local university

College students often have a more flexible schedule than most others. If you have a college campus nearby, this is a good place to start. Some universities have student lists or boards where you can post a babysitting job. Another strategy would be to reach out to universities that have students with babysitting experience or that are planning to work with children as part of their careers, such as B. an early childhood education department or a club that runs local elementary schools.

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Team up with a family in a similar situation

The problem of finding part-time childcare to bridge the gap between school and work hours is a problem that many, many families face. You’re nowhere near alone – given the lack of opportunity right now, there’s a good chance another family on your network is going through the same battle.

It is worth reaching out to other families, be they work colleagues, families you know from church, neighbors, your child’s parents, friends of your child, or other families you know who may also need childcare. This could take the form of a babysitter swap, such as having one family take on the early shift while the second family takes on the afternoon shift or a part-time nanny share.

Offer to hire a home parent

Another alternative is to reach out to a stay-at-home parent who may be willing to take care of a child or two before and after school. In a perfect world, her and your children would be about the same age and get along. That is the ideal scenario.

In a less than perfect world, even if there is a mix of age and temperament, there are still a number of stay-at-home parents who may be interested in a part-time job. Just make sure you talk about the payment in advance and what is expected of the content of that payment, e.g. Snack or transportation to after-school activities. (Also make sure everyone here studies and understands all of the applicable tax implications.)

Find babysitting groups in your area

If you search Facebook you can sometimes find babysitting exchange groups near you, often made up of parents who need childcare and babysitters who are looking for work. A local parenting group can also be a good resource.

These local groups are a good place to find potential sources of out-of-school care, as well as other parents who are in a similar situation and may be willing to join, whether it be for swapping childcare or a part-time nanny to take over sharing.