Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
Also, we often swap with other working parents, where everyone takes 1-2 days off and we watch each other's kids on those days.
Lastly, especially in the summer, we use day camps sometimes.
I have to say, moving to Europe helped, since we have lots more vacation days
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So we do a combination of things. Afterschool he stays at the daycare at his school 2 long days (until 6:30), goes home with my mom who takes him to Tae Kwon Do one day, goes home with his best friends SAHM one day who takes them to soccer practice (I repay by taking him to activities on the weekends), and one day he goes to a little time at daycare and then I leave early, drive him to TKD and go back to work for another hour or so before picking him up.
His aftercare covers most PD days and conference days, and then he goes to camp all summer long. Sometimes there's an odd day when either his BF's mom will offer to take him, or my mom will offer.
But then there are days like tomorrow. I have work, his school's closed. I was going to just drag him in with me, but we had a death at work and part of the day will be a memorial service. Our staff has done an amazing job of handling their grief in front of the kids, so i feel like they need a totally kid-free day. I still haven't figured it all out.
She's here for summers and we send her to day camp. If she attended school here (or, if/when we have future children), the Y does a drop-in program for "cold" days (meaning, it's so cold out that waiting for the school bus would be harmful) but not always for snow days. Then again, if the snow is so bad that Milwaukee cancels school (which used to be rare but the weather's gotten crazier of late), chances are I'm not making it into work either.
Oh: If we have notice, sometimes my mom and dad will come up (an hour's drive) and watch SD for a day, and my mom said she'd be happy to do so when we have more children. This obviously would work better for scheduled days when there's no child care available, versus snow days (because I wouldn't be asking my parents to drive 60 miles in the snow).
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Like another poster, though, my school is year round so I have to go back in July while my kids are still out of school; I am lining up summer camps right now.
I, too, have been VERY blessed to have at least two SAHMs come to my rescue with childcare (I pay them). Even though I have SACC, I may be asking them to take my kids to swim practice after school come Memorial Day until *I* get done with school late June.
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My DD will start Kindy in the fall and we are trying to figure out this issue because I work part-time and the program doesn't do half-time and the district won't allow for partial-week busing (to the after-care program three days, home two days). I'm going to approach my neighbor to see if she could cover the 1hr.15min three times a week (for pay, of course). I know several working moms have similar arrangments with SAHM neighbors for early or late care. So around here, it's either the school-based program or coverage by friends and neighbors at home.
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The other option is a daycare for my DS. My step son will be "too old" next year for most of the after school programs i have researched. I am not really sure why a 6th grader wouldn't need after school care.
For summer vacation the kids mostly do daycamps. We are lucky and our large urban area offers more of these than we could ever imagine. Last summer this was mostly through the YMCA but this summer we are branching out to some other options.
For school vacations things get sticky. Major disadvantage of our private school is that the calendar does not match the public schools, so there are no "vacation camps" offered that work. But if we were in public school the YMCA and many other organizations offer vacation day camps. We end up cobbling together some parental vacation time, some extra hours from nanny (but only some because she's a college student) and my mother frequently comes down or has the kids go to her for a week.
We are lucky -- So. CA schools never close for weather!
For sick days generally DH or I take the day off or split the day with the nanny.
You could also check out the Boys and Girls Clubs of America site to find a Boys & Girls Club in your area. They have a $25 annual membership fee, (though that may have went up a little since the last time I checked, otherwise its FREE afterschool and summer programming- lots of things to do there. I worked with the organization for 7 years- we even changed are hours to accomadate the local school breaks, including the summers. Also, they have early morning arrival sometimes in the summer or for school breaks, depends on the club though.
Here's a link:
They are a pretty mainstream organization, but they have so much to offer to the communities they serve as a non-profit.