Summer camps can provide amazing experiences for children. New friendships are formed. New skills are acquired. Comfort zones are tested. Best of all, children and teenagers have an incredibly fun excuse to take a break from technology for a bit while spending some time outdoors.
Here’s how to find the perfect summer camp or childcare so your children can make memories they’ll cherish for a lifetime:
Counselors, Directors and Staff
It’s important to tour the facility so you can meet as many of the staff as possible. Before registering your child, ask the staff about their credentials. How long have they been working with kids? Are they trained in CPR and First Aid, specifically for children?
Talk to the staff in-person, let your child meet them, and get a feel for whether they’ll be a good fit. Don’t just rely on your first impression; you can take it a step further by reviewing staff bios on the website or checking out online reviews from other parents.
Safety and Security
You also want to make sure the facility is safe and secured. Many summer camps require that children are never left alone without camp counselor supervision at any time. Additionally, your facility should limit visitors to just authorized family members or camp staff. Your child’s safety should always be the number one priority. Period.
Regardless of which daycare or summer camp you choose for your child, it can be helpful to prepare your child for the new experience by teaching him or her some basic safety skills. Experts recommend preparing children for summer camp by having some important safety discussions beforehand. Swimming safety equipment is especially important for children, so make sure they are prepared. Remind your child not to share hats, helmets or other headgear with their fellow campers (you don’t want them sharing lice infestations with the rest of the family!).
Does your child have a disability or other special need? If so, it can be helpful to bring your child along with you during your facility visit. This lets you observe camp staffers as they interact with your child. You can learn a lot from these interactions. Be sure to also ask about their previous experiences working with children with special needs, and any licenses or certifications they might have.
Do you need assistance finding the best camps for your children with special needs? You can start by reaching out to disability foundations in your area for recommendations. You can also check with summer camp directories that specialize in camp programs for children and teens with special needs or disabilities. Remember: you’re not alone, and there are many helpful resources available.
Having a nanny for the summer helps keep the house running smoothly too. Your nanny will make sure the kids get to and from camp on time and can be available if a child is sick and can’t make it. Planning camps for multiple kids at the same time can be difficult. When you have a nanny at home for the summer you don’t have to worry if one child doesn’t have a camp the same week as another child. The nanny will make that week at home fun with games, arts and crafts, and by visiting local attractions.
It’s not too late to line up a summer nanny. Contact Debbie today at email@example.com.
Author: Alex Robbins
As a TLC temp nanny for six months, I found that I really enjoyed working with TLC as a babysitter and met a lot of great families and children. Toward the end of the school year, one of my regular clients was seeking a full-time summer nanny and was interested in hiring me for the break. Being with one family for the entire summer was so appealing to me. I loved the idea of really getting to know a family and being a part of all the summer fun in St. Louis. After just a few short weeks of being with the family I was placed with, I knew I made the right decision!
I found that summer nannying is so much more than just just babysitting! Each day brought new adventures and experiences for the kids and me. We went to different camps, explored the St. Louis Zoo, many parks and swam in their neighborhood pool. As a city transplant, I was also really happy to be able to finally discover the city. The best part was that all of my explorations involved these awesome kids and they also ended up teaching me things. When the summer came to an end it was so bittersweet, we all ended up going back to school – but I know I was able to teach the kids and they also taught me quite a few things. I felt that at the end, I really was an integral part of my summer family’s life and them mine…that’s why I’m so excited to be returning to them this summer. We’ve kept in touch throughout the year and we’re all excited about what this summer will hold!
Thank you Brooke A. for the guest post!
To learn more about TLC’s Summer Nanny Program visit our website.
It’s that time of year. Spring is here(well it will be once this snow melts) and parents start thinking about summer.
TLC for Kids can help you with your summer childcare needs. We have wonderful nannies that are interested in securing work for the summer. Hiring a nanny is the best option for St. Louis families, whether you are looking for full-time or part-time childcare.
Hiring a summer nanny from TLC is like having your very own camp counselor! Summer nannies will schedule fun parent-approved outings for the kids like going to the amusement park, swimming, museum, bowling, play groups, the zoo and more. TLC summer nannies will also do tutoring over the summer so that your kids are on track for their upcoming school year.
Visit our website today to complete the summer nanny application.