Something many families don't know is that nursery schools are not typically full-day programs. They are often fantastic, play-based learning centers for preschool-aged children, but have horrible hours, like 9am to 11am or 12pm. A nursery school as your main child care solution typically doesn’t cut it if you have two working parents.
That said, nursery schools are often used in addition to a nanny or Nanny Share so kids can receive a preschool curriculum, followed by focused attention from a professional caregiver at home. In fact, nursery schools and nannies are best used together.
Create a Nanny Share with someone from the preschool.
Two families, one school, and one nanny. You both drop your kids off at nursery school in the morning and head to work. Your co-hired nanny arrives at school in time for pickup, takes both kids back to one house, feeds them lunch, gives them a nap or structured quiet time, then plays games in the afternoon and preps dinner. The dream.
Use your zipcode to narrow down families you want to match with on Nanny Lane, then indicate that you are looking for a family from your nursery school.
Create a Nanny Share with someone who has a baby.
Just because you share a nanny doesn’t mean your kids have to be the same age. In fact, there are many benefits to your child engaging with a younger child. The family with the baby will need the nanny 100% of the time, while you’ll need her for less (and will pay accordingly). Another advantage of the nanny needing to care for the baby all morning is that you have a backup plan if your preschool is closed or your child is sick and needs to stay home!
Be specific in your post for a family and explain the set-up as best you can. It might be nice for the family with the baby to know that their child will have one-on-one attention for three hours a day, while they also get to enjoy a reduced rate for child care.
Create a Nanny Share with someone who has a school-aged child.
Sharing a nanny with someone who needs her only when the elementary school day is finished may work for you as well. This means your nanny would spend 100% of the time with your child, and 75% with both kids.
In addition to narrowing your family search by location, name some local schools that might be convenient, or even walkable, from your house.