What Should You Do When Your Child Care Options Fall Through?

If you’re pregnant for the first time, you’ve likely spent a great deal of the past few months planning — making a birth plan, designing your nursery, coming up with ideas for your baby shower, or transferring job duties to other coworkers during your planned absence. Although choosing a day care is usually a part of this pre-birth planning, even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry, and you may find yourself scrambling to find child care just before you’re scheduled to return to work. In some metropolitan areas, child care centers have waiting lists months long, and may not be able to accommodate you. However, there should still be a few safe, reliable child care options open if you know where to look. Read on to learn more about some of your last-minute day care options.

Check your network

Social media has made finding last-minute child care much easier. If you belong to a local sales or services group, you may need only to post a query or request for assistance to find the names of a number of reliable child care providers in your area, many of whom may have current openings, such as A Child’s View Learning Centre Ltd child care. Although you’ll still want to perform your ordinary due diligence on anyone you’re planning to select (like ordering a criminal background check or talking to references or other clients), knowing where to begin can give you more options.

Look into health care resources

Although you may not think about your local hospital when it comes to making child care arrangements, many hospitals have arrangements with local care providers to help secure last-minute or emergency placement. If you’re truly having a child care emergency, your hospital may be able to direct you to these resources, or contact them on your behalf to help ensure that your child has a safe place to stay until you’ve found more permanent child care arrangements.

Try shift switching

If you or your spouse works in a facility that operates several shifts, you may want to find out whether one of you can temporarily switch to an alternate shift to help avoid the need for child care until you’ve lined up a permanent day care provider. By alternating shifts, you can ensure that either you or your spouse is always at home to take care of your child, while still allowing you each to get as much sleep as possible with an infant in the house.

Using the Montessori Method for Toilet Training at Home and School

If your child is not toilet trained by the time they enter preschool, it is a great opportunity for you to apply Montessori methods of learning to their toilet habits. If your Montessori school allows cloth diapers, it is likely that they apply the Montessori method to toilet training and can help you learn it and apply it in your own home. 

Does Your Preschool Require Toilet Training? 

Many preschools, even some Montessori preschools, require children to be toilet trained before they can begin attending classes. If your child learned their toilet habits early and you are confident in their ability to recognize their need to eliminate, this is not a problem. However, the demand for 2–3-year-old toddlers to be fully toilet trained can put unneeded stress on both children and their parents. 

Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables 

The technology used in making both disposable and cloth diapers has advanced so much in recent years that children can wear a wet diaper for an extended period of time without ever feeling wet. This can be very convenient for caregivers and helps prevent diaper rash. However, it is important that when you begin to teach your toddler about using the toilet, they can feel when they urinate. This may mean switching to more traditional cloth diapers or cloth underpants with an extra layer of cotton to soak up urine. It also means that you and your child’s teachers may have to change their diaper more often. 

Toilet Teaching vs. Toilet Training 

Applying the Montessori method to toilet training turns the process into what is known as toilet teaching. Similar to any other skills taught through the Montessori method, toilet teaching involves waiting until your child shows interest in using the toilet, and then taking advantage of that interest to help them learn new skills. To promote interest, you may purchase a children’s toilet, take your toddler into the bathroom to show them how to dispose of toilet paper and flush the toilet, and begin changing them standing up. However, you will wait to begin putting them on the toilet until they express interest. 

An important part of toilet teaching is to follow your child’s schedule and not pressure them to progress more quickly than they want to. While you should give them positive encouragement and opportunities to become familiar with the toilet, you should not shame them for making mistakes or lacking interest. 

Before beginning toilet teaching, talk to your child’s teacher. They may have some tips and will be able to tell you how it is done in your child’s school, one like Kindergarten Colwell Nursery School, so you can be consistent at school and home.