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I am part time faculty and have part time childcare. My schedule changes every semester. I am in a town where daycare is very expensive and tough to find. I have a daycare crisis every time I get my schedule for the next semester, trying to get coverage for the hours I will be at work. Then after I set specific daycare hours which match my classes, there are all sorts of meetings that occur outside of the days/times I have childcare. It is so stressful. I wish we could afford FT daycare, then I would just send them when they need to go. I am expecting our third baby, and next year I will have an infant, a preschooler and a kindergartner, which means three different schools!<br><br>
What do other people do with schedules that change three times a year? What do you do about meetings that occur on non childcare days?
 

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I had the same problem - I had to pay for FT daycare. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The nice part was though that I had more flexibility and I could grade on campus instead of at 10 pm.<br><br>
I have a friend in a similar situation and her mom is around to take care of her daughter.<br><br>
I might think about trying to find a grad student that might want to sit - maybe someone in an early education school? I have thought of doing this a lot, but now I have to be on campus 5 days a week, so I just stuck with FT care.<br><br>
GL!
 

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I would strongly suggest an au pair ----- I am contemplating one for myself! Or two grad students you rotate so you are not depending on only one of them!<br><br>
We are enrolling dd in the preschool on campus full time but i know I will only need it part-time and then using a sitter for anything after hours!
 

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My husband just finished grad school, and we really lucked into a student/faculty childcare center that re-scheduled every semester. Including the option to change your schedule for break/exam weeks if desired. They let you schedule for different blocks of time, and different days as needed and billed by the hour. Plus offered drop-in if they had enough staffing/space.<br><br>
If only all universities were so responsive...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am part time faculty and have part time childcare. My schedule changes every semester. I am in a town where daycare is very expensive and tough to find. I have a daycare crisis every time I get my schedule for the next semester, trying to get coverage for the hours I will be at work. Then after I set specific daycare hours which match my classes, there are all sorts of meetings that occur outside of the days/times I have childcare. It is so stressful. I wish we could afford FT daycare, then I would just send them when they need to go. I am expecting our third baby, and next year I will have an infant, a preschooler and a kindergartner, which means three different schools!<br><br>
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i have a similar situation, only i'm a student, not faculty.<br><br>
we just pay for FT as of now. we only have one so far, though, so that makes a huge difference.<br><br>
with 3 kids, you might be better off with a nanny in terms of cost.
 

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Since your schedule changes so drastically with each semester, I am assuming you work for a college? As someone else has suggested, I think, is there an option for daycare on campus? I've been to schools with early childhood education programs that allowed for children to be dropped off at their facility to act as childcare for the parents and on-the-job experience for the students.<br><br>
This is just a thought. I'm rather inexperienced and am actually having to quit my out-of-home job because I just can't be on call 24/7 while trying to take care of an infant. I mean, there just isn't anyone I could leave him with at seemingly random hours just because they want me to cover from someone that either can't or won't show up to work.
 
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