Category: Childcare

In-person summer camps still happening in Chicago

There's no doubt about it: Summer in Chicago will look a lot different this year. But before you start panic-purchasing inflatable pools and water guns, take a look at these summer camps that are still planning on having in-person camps. Of course, in this COVID-altered world, things can change—camps may reconfigure their schedules or cancel altogether. But for now, check out these camps that are adhering to city safety guidelines for in-person gatherings.

[Not ready for in-person camp...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Laura Baginski

Summer Camp in Chicago: When, where and how to sign up for summer fun

Believe it or not, now’s the time to start thinking about summer camps. Many have already opened up registration with early-bird discounts, while others don’t offer placement till spring...only to sell out in hours.

To help you navigate your options, we’re hosting our first-ever Summer Camp Fair on February 23 (details below!). Meanwhile, we’ve pooled advice and information from our members and staff to help get you started.

How old does my child have to be to go to camp?
Most cam...

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:21 PM by Lauren Viera

Where to find childcare in Chicago at the last minute

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home mom or dad, or even a full-time working one with regular childcare, with holidays and conference season upon us, we all need extra help from time to time. Here’s a quick list of places in the city that offer last-minute and/or part-time services.

The Nook (Bucktown and South Loop)
This full-service daycare allows non-member parents to book absent children’s open spots via an online app, which is regularly updated until 6 a.m. day-of...

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:03 AM by Amelia Levin

How to find a last-minute babysitter, fast

*SPONSORED POST BY SITTERSNOW*
 

We’ve all been there.

The reservations at the fancy restaurant with the mouthwatering brazed short rib and to-die-for locally brewed lager were made weeks ago. You maybe even splurged on a new outfit and got your nails done for the occasion. The baby sitter is booked and everything is ready to go.

But what’s that they say about the best-laid plans?

Even though the reservations are set and the new outfit is ready to go and the sitter will be ov...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

How to tell if a summer camp is a good fit for your kid

I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and family?

A word-of-mouth reference about a program is a great start, and there are lots of great camp guides out there. Regardless of how you hear about the camp, make sure it's licensed as a Children’s Activities Facility. Being licensed as such means all staff who are present with your chil...

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better

Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrangement, and my husband suggested daycare so our son would have more socialization and learning activities.

I started researching daycares (on NPN’s forum, of course), and we chose a referral. My son’s first few weeks in daycare were a transition—more for me than him—but he quickly became co...

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM by Lidia Varesco Racoma

Why we chose a nanny over daycare

With our first child, we agonized over most decisions, but deciding what to do about child care was the hardest. It gave me constant anxiety and frequently kept me up at night. It was one of those BIG scary decisions we procrastinated making.

My husband and I grew up with stay-at-home moms, and while I knew I would go back to work, it took me a while to realize what that meant. Would we still be raising our daughter if she spent more wakeful hours in child care than with us? What type ...

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 9:21 AM by Katie Wilson

Overheard on the NPN forum: Should you pay for your babysitter's cab?

For the privilege of going out to dinner or perhaps seeing a movie, we parents shell out quite a bit to our babysitters. It's money well spent, no doubt, but how many of you also fork over cash to pay for your sitter's cab home at the end of the night?

One NPN member posed that question to the discussion forum after her sitter asked her to pay for her Uber home. How many of you do this? If you do pay for transportation home for your babysitter, do you cut back on your sitter's hou...

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Starting a relationship with your nanny

Of course we all want to have a relationship with our nanny that is both personal and professional. It’s a fine line and it’s in your hands to get the relationship off on the right foot. An ideal nanny will ask us about our weekend but refrain from asking details of our night out. How can we establish this relationship and not get in too deep?

 

When hiring a nanny…

Make sure you share the same values about children as your nanny. Talk about expectations, values and education....

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Confessions of a babysitter

Chicago-based artist and teacher Angela Oliver has over seven years of experience babysitting kids. Since joining UrbanSitter, an online babysitter-finding service, she’s sat for more than 35 families and has over 20 glowing reviews. Here, Angela answers the most common questions parents have when it comes to hiring a babysitter.

What’s the most helpful information a parent can share in advance?
First-aid and medical/emergency info and contacts, being made aware of any food allergies or ...

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Jenny Rowland