How to Plan for Daycare After the Pandemic

Daycare services were a pickle for most low and middle-income families in the United States, even before the pandemic hit. When the novel coronavirus began spreading in communities, more than two-thirds of the US child population had to stay home after the closure of most daycare centers.

Currently, schools are remotely open with huge curriculum changes that have done little to address the childcare crisis in America. Most parents are struggling with paying for a nanny, even after agreeing to share one with one or two extra families.

The situation may be dire, but parents must ensure that their kids are safe. This involves keeping up with the news concerning the virus and following health tips that can ease your predicament. Here are some arrangements parents might consider after the pandemic.

Daycare and Preschool
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stipulated strict guidelines for childcare centers that will help to reduce the spread of the virus. Parents must ensure that the daycare they enroll their children in adhere to these vital requirements:

• Thorough cleaning and disinfection routines
• Consistent child group assignment, preferably with the same instructor every day.
• Elaborate pickup and drop-off protocols to avoid overcrowding.

The institution should routinely screen parents and their kids for COVID-related symptoms. Toy sharing should also be limited.

Nanny
If parents are not comfortable with letting their children go to school and mingle with other kids, having a professional nanny watch them at home may be the next safest option. However, parents need to consider how their nannies interact with other people outside their homes and whether they are willing to take that risk.

Nannies have normal routines that involve going to the grocery store and hair salon where they may get exposed to the virus. As such, it is essential to test and isolate them when necessary to ensure the children they are watching do not get infected.

Care-Sharing
Since child care services can be quite expensive, parents can team up with several families and employ the services of one nanny or teacher. Each participant would have to be transparent about their daily routines for better management of exposure cases.

We can only hope the pandemic becomes a thing of the past soon. Even so, parents cannot be too careful with their children’s safety. Once the measures in place have been fully relaxed, it will fall upon individual parents to ensure the safety of their children.