School age children are eagerly anticipating the last day of
classes but many of their working parents are not. In between the final day of school and the
first day of camp, or a summer without plans before school starts again, short
term child care can be tough to find.
those memorable camp experiences and even more time finding a resource for the
in-between days. This could be an
opportunity to think about your approach to workplace flexibility. Could some work be handled at home, workweeks
compressed or flex time hours introduced?
Workplace Flexibility; A Guide for Companies from The Work and Family
Institute provides a good summary of the options and ideas for implementation. For occasional emergency days you may allow employees to
bring a child to work. Make sure that
this is an approved practice, you have checked liability issues and it’s a once
in a while event. You may not be ready
to explore establishing on-site day care.
Is there a drop in child care center near your workplace?
looking for jobs. Within your own workforce you may have an employee with a child
who will be home between their sophomore and junior years who would love to
earn some extra cash. In addition to
on-line postings there is a creative service called MommyMixer that organizes
events attended by moms and college age sitters. In more than 30 cities parents pay a fee to
attend events where they connect in person with the help they need. There is no one solution to the task of combining the pieces
needed for child care. What creative
ideas have you seen work?