A babysitter to pick up and keep the children busy after school

Your professional and school schedules are not compatible and you are looking for a solution so that your child can be picked up in time at school or daycare? Babysitters and nannies can do these kinds of tasks that make your life much easier!

Finding children in school is a big problem for most young parents who have a professional schedule that is not compatible with school schedules. If you are in this situation, after-school care is the most appropriate form of care for you. The babysitter will either wait for your toddlers at the end of school or pick them up at the daycare and take them home safely. In addition, the nanny or babysitter can also keep the children busy until you return: help with homework, games and entertainment, snacks and dinner, etc.

An after-school babysitter: how does it work?

In concrete terms, the babysitter in Paris will work on working days and will start at the time the children leave school or at the time you wish for the crèche or daycare. The time slot can obviously vary according to school rhythm and extracurricular activities, but the schedule must be set well in advance so that the babysitter can organize herself. Also on Wednesday afternoon, the babysitter picks up the children and provides home care until the parents return home. It is also possible, even if it is less frequent, for her to accompany the toddlers to school in the morning, especially if the parents have staggered working hours. For the rest, the general procedure for this type of home childcare remains the same as for other types of childcare.

Travelling to school

Whether on an occasional or regular basis, parents can request a babysitting service to take their children to school. The tasks of the person in charge of this guard will be to wake them up, dress them, prepare them and give them food before accompanying them to school. Parents should not forget to give the toddlers‘ class schedules to the Sitter and possibly inform the school, especially for toddlers, so that school staff will not be surprised to see a stranger arrive with the children. Parental authorization will also be required for the nanny or babysitter to go out with the children.

If parents prefer or have the opportunity to take care of the morning preparations themselves but do not know how to make the journey to school in itself, the Sitter can simply wait for the family at a meeting point and take over from the parents by taking the children to school. In this case, its mission is limited to this simple support.

At the end of school

Babysitting after school is more complex than it seems. As with the morning commute, she must guarantee the safety of the children, talk with them and make sure she is on time, but she has an additional mission here. Indeed, the babysitter or nanny must transmit to the parents all the teacher’s remarks about the lessons and concerns that occurred during the day or the observations of the daycare auxiliary.

In addition, children may not return home directly after school. Indeed, children may be enrolled in certain extracurricular activities (karate, music lessons, dance, singing…): the Sitter must therefore take them there and/or pick them up.

Finally, his job doesn’t stop on the way back, most of the time. She is often responsible for keeping the children busy until their parents return. This means being patient, competent and creative.

Once the child is home

Children tend to be very excited when they get home. Don’t panic! Don’t panic! The babysitter is a serious and professional person who will calm them down and take care of them. A great nanny will even think of cleaning up the mess your little ones have made. In addition, the babysitter organizes various fun activities with the children. In addition to keeping your children busy, these moments of play are important to strengthen the bonds between your little ones and her and allow her to gain their trust. She also does not forget to prepare their snacks and, if you asked her, their meals.

Real academic support

The ultimate is to have a babysitter or nanny who can provide your child with real academic support or push him/her to learn (an instrument, for example, or a foreign language). Indeed, supervising children while they are doing their homework is within reach of (almost) everyone, but helping and guiding them are tasks that require a lot of pedagogy, versatility… and good knowledge in the subjects concerned. And the bonus is that, when the parents come back, they no longer have to deal with this moment considered unpleasant by some children.

Until the parents arrive

While waiting for the parents, the Sitter keeps the children busy by offering them a number of indoor and outdoor activities. Indeed, children are easily bored when a person does not take care of themselves to find occupations for them. There are plenty of ideas for a babysitter who is as patient as she is creative: colouring, papier-mâché carving, hide-and-seek, etc.

In addition, depending on the parents’ return time, it is also the babysitter’s responsibility to prepare dinner and serve it to the children, but also to bathe them and help them put on their pajamas. She can then, according to your instructions, put them to bed and put them to sleep with songs or a story, or keep them busy until you get back.

You can also ask your babysitter or nanny if they are willing to take care of your pet. However, this can in no way be an obligation, since it is not the task for which it was hired, namely childcare at home.

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How do I choose the most suitable school for my child?

Private or public school, Montessori or Freinet pedagogy: if your child does not thrive in a traditional school setting, it may be better to turn to another environment. Here are some tips to find the establishment that best suits your needs.

“At 8, Manon already seemed totally discouraged by school because of the grades. However, she was rather gifted but the teacher systematically returned the copies in order, from the best to the worst result. If she got a 7 out of 10 – and ended up in the last – it was the end of the world,” recalls her mother Deborah, who eventually changed Manon from school to a structure offering alternative pedagogy with unrated learning.

“Often, the child is forced to adapt to the school demand. If he can’t do it, he’s labelled as a bad student, unsuitable or in difficulty. As a result, he suffers from a feeling of exclusion,” analyses Rebecca Duvillié, clinical psychologist, former teacher and author of the book Taming the School, the academic failure in question (ed. Marabout). But what if it was the school that wasn’t sufficiently adapted to our child?

Signals to be spotted

Whether he is agitated, early or even dyslexic, every child must be able to benefit from a school system that suits him. To achieve this, it is important to learn to identify signals in order to help them overcome their deficiencies and feel as comfortable as possible in the school environment,” says Rebecca Duvillié.

Listening to him give his impressions, talk to us about his fears and expectations will allow us to better understand his needs. Is he happy, sad? More like arriving early or late? Does he take care of his school equipment? “Observing his attitude in his report to the school will also provide us with some elements of analysis,” emphasizes Michel Neumayer, educator member of the French Group for New Education (GFEN) and author of Evaluer sans noter, éduquer sans exclure (éd. Chroniques sociales).

Falling results, a child who complains of having difficulty keeping pace, manifests behavioural problems, whose teachers suggest repetition or reorientation are warning signs.

To detach oneself from one’s own experience

Unconsciously influenced by our own school past, we sometimes erect mechanisms of resistance to the institution. This makes choosing a school even more complicated. This is the case of Pauline, 31, who enrolled her daughter Billie in a private school, a little reluctantly.

“I went to a very strict private school all my schooling and I don’t remember it very well. So I wanted Billie to go out to the public but her school was the best in our area and located a stone’s throw from the house. Looking back, I really don’t regret it,” says Pauline.

To overcome his reticence, Michel Neumayer advises to let himself be guided above all by a central question: “What is my educational project as a parent?” By taking a step back, we can sometimes realize that our child is very happy in an environment that we did not like at all at his age.

Cost and proximity are to be taken into account

Other criteria, this time pragmatic, are to be taken into account in the choice of school: its cost and its distance from the family home. “It is desirable not to choose a school too far from home because it is not necessarily good to add physical exhaustion to school work which is already in itself a source of fatigue, attention and early awakening,” insists Rebecca Duvillié.

Similarly, tuition fees are to be taken into account in the family budget, especially if you choose a private school. Aren’t they too high in relation to household income? Pauline and her husband were apprehensive, and then finally, as they did their accounts, they realized that Billie’s private school was not so unaffordable. “A small sacrifice on our budget but savings on travel time,” says Pauline.

Better understand the values of the institution

Despite a sometimes draconian selection in some private schools, it may be a good idea to visit them. “The idea is to dialogue with teachers to better understand the values it conveys,” suggests Michel Neumayer. Is it rather discipline-oriented or attached to the child’s creativity? Does it focus on homework or classroom work? Are the grades the benchmark for success according to the teachers?

“Evaluation is very popular in society, but a grading and competition system does not correspond to all students. In this case, enrolling your child in an establishment offering another pedagogy such as Freinet or Montessori will undoubtedly be a more fulfilling alternative,” notes Michel Neumayer. This was the case with Manon. “She is much happier in this new school where she can study without feeling in perpetual competition,” says Deborah.

Favouring well-being over prestige

What about the establishment’s label? Will enrolling him in a prestigious school be a guarantee of success and well-being for the child? “It’s not necessarily good to be trapped by an establishment‘s reputation. You can very easily access a great career after leaving middle school and fail despite attending a prestigious school,” recalls Rébecca Duvillié.

“It’s all about choosing a school, taking care not to ask the child too much, at the risk that he won’t be able to follow and reject it,” says the specialist; this is precisely what was happening to Manon, but “by leaving her class dominated by the race for good marks, she has regained a taste for school,” her mother says.

Reaching a consensus

There is a life outside the school and parents can take advantage of it to open their child’s horizons in a different way and make up for any shortcomings outside the classroom. “Theo was struggling in mathematics when he entered college. I gave him private tutoring for a few months. It allowed her to fill in the gaps,” says Lida.

“We can also compensate for his deficiencies by sports that will keep him healthy or by music, theatre and dance that will give him confidence in himself,” concludes Rebecca Duvillié. Identifying the personality of your child, his needs, trying to adapt as much as possible to them should thus allow us to find the most harmonious educational mode for our offspring.

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