Many summer day camps here in North Carolina canceled their services this year as COVID-19 began to spread. Now that North Carolina has passed Phase One and is currently in Phase Two, summer day camps and overnight camps have begun reopening under strict health and safety guidelines.
If you’re not comfortable sending your kiddo to a summer day camp or overnight camp, but you still want them to enjoy summer activities, a summer nanny can help. Let’s talk about the perks of hiring a summer nanny below.
In addition to summer camps, other facilities in the Triad (and around the country) are starting to reopen. Your go-to summer spots like indoor and outdoor pools, parks, and beaches are beginning to welcome back visitors. A summer nanny can accompany your children to public facilities that are reopening, as well as help them follow safety and social distancing guidelines.
However, public playgrounds, museums, amusement parks, movie theaters, and other kid-friendly places are still closed to the public. In those cases, your summer nanny can plan alternative entertainment for your kids.
Can’t visit their favorite neighborhood playground? Maybe they can have a scavenger hunt in the backyard or set up an indoor obstacle course in the living room. Movie theaters still closed? A summer nanny can set up a cozy movie night at home with lots of pillows and popcorn. You might even have it outside with a projector and a campfire.
Your children may be on a break from school, but you likely still have to work. A summer nanny can care for your children during the day while you work, or help you relax and enjoy your time off.
With a summer nanny, your kids can stick to a consistent schedule of fun and/or educational summer activities. Depending on the arrangement you offer — and as long as the summer nanny you hire agrees — you might even get a little extra help with household chores.
Talk to your potential new summer nanny about adding easy chores to their work agreement: tidying the house, doing the dishes, or taking care of the laundry. Coming home to a neat and tidy house after a long day at work can be a huge relief.
The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of Americans out of a job. There are many child care professionals who have been laid off or had hours reduced because of COVID-19. Hiring a summer nanny can help those in the child care industry looking for a new job, extra hours, or a temporary gig between careers.
There are some steps you can take to ensure your new summer nanny works well with your family. For starters, make sure you talk about which summer activities are acceptable and which are not. This is especially important if your summer nanny is taking the kids out in public. Maybe small neighborhood parks and trails are okay, but busy parks that can get crowded are not. Whatever your preferences, communicate them with your nanny.
You should also talk to your kids about their new summer nanny! Hopefully, your children have already met and talked to their nanny during the hiring process. To ensure that the rest of the summer goes well, it may be a good idea to spend a day together before your nanny begins work full-time.
We may be in the middle of summer, but it’s not too late to find a summer nanny for your family! Working with an agency like Preferred ChildCare can help you with a late-season search. Every child care specialist in our system is thoroughly vetted and trained. Each child care specialist is carefully matched with a family to ensure the best fit possible.
Contact Preferred ChildCare today. We’d love to help you find your summer nanny!