Have you decided that you are going to enter the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom? Maybe you are a single male who is raising children by yourself. No matter the situation, probably at the top of your list of concerns is where you will place your children while you are in the workplace. From accepting help from friends or family members to arranging for year-round preschool, here are some ideas that might help you.
Help From People Close To You - Do you have extended family members or trusted friends who are willing to watch your children? If so, you are indeed a blessed individual. The question then becomes, "Will the children stay home while I'm gone or will they stay at somebody's home?" Of course, that will probably be determined by the person who will be tending your children.
For example, maybe that individual has children of his or her own and it would be more convenient for your children to stay at that home. On the other hand, maybe a grandma or grandpa would be more comfortable watching your children in your home because he or she doesn't necessarily want things like toys all around his or her home.
No matter if it's a friend or a family member, you'll probably want to give fair financial compensation. Discuss that at the beginning. If grandparents insist that there is no way that they will accept money, be creative in other ways you can compensate them. For example, gift cards to favorite restaurants and stores could be a good idea.
Arrange For Year-Round Preschool - Maybe you have decided that the best place for your children will be right at a year-round preschool facility. Have you already visited some of them in your community? If not, that's a good place to start. By doing so, you should be able to feel which year-round preschool facility fits your children best.
Your children might be a bit hesitant for the first few days they attend preschool. Don't fret. The caregivers will have the training and the experience to help your children feel safe and happy. And, once they have adapted to their new experience, they will probably look forward to going to the preschool every morning.
Besides making new friends, your kids will be having fun while they're learning. There will be educational toys and educational games. One of the highlights will be when they bring home crafts that they have created for you at preschool.
For more information on year-round preschool, contact your school district or a local childcare facility.