11 Things: 11 Ways to Find Childcare this Summer in Kern County
by Callie Collins
Apr 28, 2022
School is almost out for the summer. May marks the beginning of a new season, which often brings child care challenges for families. Whether you need full-time care or just a break from hot days indoors, here are 11 ways to find summer fun with other caregivers.

Here are 11 ways to find childcare this summer.

1. Consider summer camps

See our guide online! If you’re considering a sleep away experience or looking for activities, we have it covered. Options appeal to special interests and also provide new social opportunities.

2. Locate a Mother's-Day-Out

Half-day options may work for you from local churches or preschools. Many operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or similar schedules.

3. Enroll in daycare

Traditional child care options like daycare may be what you need for a full-time work schedule. Most offer care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Subsidies are available if you qualify. Find information at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/calworks-child-care/program-eligibility.

4. Hire a babysitter

College students with fewer classes during intersession or the summer semester may have more availability than during other times of the year.

5. Hire a nanny

Consider a part-time or full-time employee to help out with children and lend a hand around the house. Nannies are not independent contractors, so be aware of related taxes and workers’ compensation insurance requirements.

6. Hire an au pair

Au pair services can be a win/win. Related services help students earn needed income while staying in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Dedicated finding agencies may also help with payroll tax reporting.

7. Consider reaching out to grandparents or other family members

Working with older relatives adds joy and activity to life in later decades while reinforcing valuable family relationships. Keeping those connections can be vital.

8. Consider new classes

Consider enrolling in something totally different this year. The great thing about summer is it’s not for a grade or a long period of time. From art and swimming to cooking or other life skills, summer is the perfect time to discover new interests. The planned period a child is engaged can be perfect for a parent to catch up on work email, run an errand or take a break.

9.  Form a playgroup

Other parents face similar dilemmas with summer child care. Get to know families with other children who have the same need and make arrangements to trade care schedules, carpool or help out during hectic times.

10. Plan field trips together

Rotate field trip chaperones and get to know great venues around Kern County.

11. Consider changing schedules

Can changes be made to your existing work schedule? Fewer hours or a different shift may allow you to keep care costs contained.

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