Guide for Parents

What are the Risks of Sending Your Kid to Childcare or Camp?

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Over 60% of families reported having trouble finding childcare as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The difficulty of parents having to work from home, school and childcare closures, and concerns over health and safety have all contributed to the growing challenges families face. 


While data in the US shows that children accounted for roughly 10% of all reported COVID-19 cases, severe illness and death amongst children due to COVID-19 is rare. With a lower likelihood of children becoming very sick, many parents are deciding if the risks of opting for childcare facilities or camps are acceptable; however, there are reasons why parents may still want to be cautious in choosing the best programs for their children.

 

Considerations in Childcare and Camps: 

  • Although serious illness is not as prevalent in children, it is wise to consider the increased exposure to the coronavirus. Since it isn’t possible to know or control how strict staff and other families are being, some questions to consider are: 

    • Am I comfortable with widening my family’s circle of people during shelter-in-place?

    • Is the staff being diligent in wearing masks and cleaning surfaces consistently?

    • Is my child’s overall health in good condition and is he or she aware of how to stay safe?

    • Do you have high risk family members that are more likely to get sick even if your child does not?

  • Childcare programs and camps operate on a set schedule and require an added commute time. For some parents this may not be an issue, yet for many who are balancing work meetings and other responsibilities, it adds to the list of to-dos. More tasks and schedules to balance leaves you with less time to focus on your children and work.

  • Your child’s development is crucial and as a result of distance learning, the interaction and personalization he or she needs may be lacking. Many childcare and camp programs focus on general activities that will engage a wider group of kids, rather than being subject-specific and age-focused.

How to Decrease Your Kid’s Risk: 

  • If exposure to the virus is a major concern, bringing the experience into your home will help in reducing the amount of people your child interacts with. With learning pods, you have the freedom to decide who and how many other kids will participate. When you control who is in the pod, you can ensure that the other families are adhering to safety guidelines you are comfortable with.

  • With so many responsibilities as a parent or working parent, flexibility is key. Learning pods allow you to create a schedule that works for you and your child. There is no need to spend time on drop-offs and pick-ups, which allows for more time to dedicate to your child’s development.

  • Pod teachers are all committed educators who have long-term experience so your child won’t fall behind in his or her learning. Paired with a pod learning and enrichment program, the teacher can facilitate curriculum and activities to create a robust program that gives your child the most successful learning experience. 

 

In uncertain times, it’s important to give your child the most stable and enriching learning experience. Before making a final decision about your child’s learning program, research what health experts advise in your state or city, determine the level of exposure your family is comfortable with, and evaluate the level of instruction your child needs. Go here, for more information on Bubbles.

 

About Bubbles by Swing Education

Bubbles by Swing Education will match parents with a qualified, experienced K-12 teacher to provide in-home education for a learning pod of two to eight students. Founded in 2015, Swing Education provides educators for K-12 schools. The company comprehensively recruits, screens, and prepares educators to fill teacher and support staff absences. To date, Swing Education has helped more than 2,500 school partners and over 5 million students. To learn more about Swing Education, visit www.swingeducation.com.

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