TLC for Kids Back-Up Childcare

In 1985, TLC for Kids introduced the concept of in-home, as-needed nanny care to St. Louis families. This means families had the ability to access childcare at any time by just calling the TLC office. Two years ago TLC opened an office in Miami, Florida helping Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach families with as-needed care.

One reason in-home, as-needed care is so important is because sickness is inevitable when your kids are going to school and daycare. Everyone is playing with the same toys, touching the same desks, and swapping different germs.
So, when your child is sick, but you can’t take off work, what do you? The answer is simple: Call TLC for Kids. TLC has nannies that are available specifically for taking care of sick children.
Because we know sickness rarely pops up during convenient times, like our office hours 8-5:30, TLC for Kids has an emergency service line that is open from 6:30-8 AM and evenings from 6:45-9:45 PM. If you call outside of these hours, TLC ‘s own After Hours and Emergency coordinator checks the messages regularly.
Cold and flu season is here, unfortunately. We hope your children don’t get sick this year, but if they do, know thatTLC is ready to help you by providing quality and reliable back up childcare.
Need a back up sitter? Call the TLC office today: (314) 725-5660 or (305) 256-5905.


Getting Ready for School

Yikes!!  Schools are starting.   Are you ready for school this year?

The first thing Miami working parents can do ensure a great school year is to line up childcare. TLC For Kids can help with all your back to school childcare needs. We can help Miami families with after school nannies. And our temporary babysitting staff can help with days off. TLC For Kids even has emergency babysitting service that can help with last minute sick care needs..

After your lined up your childcare it’s time to get organized! Organizing means decluttering! Find the places in your house where papers gather and go through it. Anything from last school year or summer camps can be trashed. Things that you thought you were going to do this summer and didn’t can be thrown away. Then go through your kids room and do the same thing. Projects from the previous school year can be packed away or recycled to make room for things from this upcoming year.

Pull out anything you will need to start this school year. Things like your school supply list, immunization records, reading lists, and the school calender. Review these papers and make sure you have everything you need to get the school year started on the right foot!

What are your tips for getting organized for the school year?

The Value of Back-Up Care

Fall is approaching and that means back to school time is around the corner.

 Are you ready for school to start this year?  For most parents the school year can be a juggling act in which organization and a dependable support system can make the difference in keeping your household stress low!  Household family assistants, on-call back-up nanny care, and as needed babysitters can play a useful role in your daily life. Consider these issues to make sure you are prepared and ready to handle anything the school year sends your way:


1 Be Prepared

–  Back-Up Care:

 Your children, like all of us, will have their ups and downs.  Throughout the school year thousands of kids will miss school due to illness and teacher work days,  leaving parents in a bind.  What will they do if their child can’t go to daycare or school?

A recent survey on children’s health found that nearly one third of parents in the US worry about losing pay or vacation days when they stay home to care for a sick child. Those parents said it was very difficult to find childcare for their sick child.

Parents can help to ensure a smooth school year by making sure they have a backup plan in place for these unexpected situations.

Try to be prepared for this by knowing who you can call upon for last-minute or emergency care for your kids.  A good agency can help you with school days off, last-minute sick-childcare, and even a standing reservation for a regular sitter so you will always know there is relief on the horizon.

2 Get It Done

–  After School Family Assistants:

After school family assistants can tutor children, help with homework, run the after school calendar, and assist with dinner.  They also help with getting prepared and organized for the next school day.  “Our families love the After School family assistant,” says Jessica Friedman, TLC For Kids’ Placement Counselor.   “One mom told me she loves being able to come home from work and spend time with her kids instead of hustling them from one thing to another.”

Tutors can help kids get their homework done with less stress and build confidence in their abilities.  They also add useful structure. Getting homework done on time and correctly can relieve children and help them to feel accomplished and in control.

3 Keep It Fun

–  Babysitter roster:

Everyone needs a little grown-up time. Date-night, girls night out, the theatre, a sporting event, there is so much to do in here in Miami. Put together your list of sitters. Grandma might be first but when she is busy…or when you need a really late night on the town, you may want someone a little more experienced than the high school girl up the street. Call on a mature adult, who provides her own transportation, is CPR certified and provides extra peace of mind.