Child care and coronavirus: parents looking for a plan B

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What to do when the crèches or schools do not accept children because they are not given priority? Shared childcare, childminder or babysitter … Many parents are looking for another childcare solution.

Child care is a real headache for parents in this Covid-19 period. Certainly the partial unemployment for childcare helps keep the little ones at home and reduce their activity while benefiting from a salary. But professional activity must resume for most parents. If nurseries and schools have opened since May 11, this is not the case for all establishments. And among those who welcome children, they are not accessible to everyone, especially children whose parents do not have priority (such as teachers, caregivers, single parents or single parent families … “With two young children, it’s almost impossible to manage on a daily basis. Our boys are in a crèche, but they cannot be taken in at the moment, because I am self-employed and my husband has the possibility of working remotely“says Marion. Like her, many parents are in the dark.”We don’t know until when we are going to have to keep the children at home while teleworking, and we are losing a lot in productivity and turnover ” she specifies. In addition, the staggered school hours are not necessarily compatible with working hours.

Parents Seeking Alternative Child Care Solutions

Have a place in a crèche is often considered the Grail when a baby arrives. But in this epidemic period, the parents having chosen a nanny or childminder are much luckier: they were able to entrust their child as soon as the confinement ended, on May 11. “Gabriel was able to return to his maternal assistant, he found his friends, but the pace was a bit tiring for him and he took a lot of naps, says Bruna. As for Marion, she is already thinking about another form of childcare. “We are seeing with two couples of parents of the crèche, who are like us, in embarrassment. One day, we could keep the little ones, and the next two days, they would be at home and we would therefore have two days to work in more serene conditions“, she specifies. Another solution: opt for shared custody by finding a nanny who would babysit the children at home, and the costs would be shared between the parents. Childminders are also popular : their reception capacity was notably increased during the crisis from 4 to 6 babies who could be welcomed at their home. Finally, the health crisis having a considerable impact on jobs, parents can hope find a babysitter to babysit the next few months, waiting for a return to normal. Consult our nursery directory

Kangaroo Kids Launches Babysitting Service in Businesses

To allow parents to resume a professional activity more quickly, Kangaroo Kids offers an inter-company childcare service. The concept is simple: subject to the provision of suitable premises, the teams come to babysit the children of employees directly in company premises. Staff are trained in particular in prevention procedures against Covid-19, by applying the measures implemented in the crèches. Kangaroo Kids also offers nanny services at home or shared custody. Info on

Childcare: who are the priority parents?

  • The staff of health establishments (hospitals, clinics, maternities …),
  • The staff of social and medico-social establishments working in nursing homes and nursing homes, establishments for the disabled, home help services, nursing home help services, medical reception beds and health care beds, new accommodation centers for homeless people with coronavirus and childcare facilities kept open.
  • Liberal health professionals: doctors, midwives, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and biologists.
  • Nursery staff responsible for receiving urgently the children of caregivers as well as children whose parents are teachers,
  • Single parents and single-parent families,
  • The State services responsible for managing the epidemic at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, in regional health agencies and in the prefectures.
  • Professionals working in departmental, public and associative establishments and services child protection and maternal and child care are now among the priority people to benefit from childcare, access to schools and colleges, childcare and schooling for their children.

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