Will the center open when I need it?
More and more businesses ask from their workers to have flexible hours. That in return means that parents will also need flexible child care. Matching your work hours with child care hours can be very challenging.
There are a few things to consider regarding child care hours:
1. Checkchild care hours of operation before you enroll. You can call the school or do it online by either visiting your state's human services website, or for many schools visit kidcarescout.com.
2. Home daycares usually have more flexible hours than larger centers.
3. When choosing a school make sure to ask about early drop-off and late pick-up fees, as this will be considered after hours care and schools will charge at a different rate than regular care.
4. Always check the child care schedule before enrolling since many schools are closed for national holidays and public school holidays. Usually your tuition is not prorated even if the school is closed.
5. Many schools close for maintenance during the year, typically in the summer.
6. Some states have regulations on how many hours your child can be in child care.You have to make sure that you don't exceed this number because of your work schedule.
Many parents find it is challenging to find child care open outside of regular business hours. Operation hours is a business decision made by an owner/director. Ultimately, child care centers will be open when they have enough children to justify the cost of operation. If you struggle to find care for your child outside of the regular hours, talk to other parents and see if they also will be interested in extended or weekend hours. We have created the Ask A Parent tool on kidcarescout.com. Find your school and post your question and other parents at your center will see it. Hopefully, once you have enough parents expressing interest in additional hours your provider will agree to offer extra care.
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