Holidays with childcare are a treat for the whole family
Every parent knows what a difference children make to their lives. They change the way you act in almost every area of your life. Few parents would wish to be without their children but most can’t help but long for the opportunity to relax occasionally while someone else looks after the children. Chances to escape the responsibilities of parenthood are all too rare for most parents even on family holidays they generally have to look after their offspring and ensure they are cared for before they can deal with their own needs.
One method which a growing number of parents are using to ensure they get a relaxing holiday and a chance to recharge their energy levels is to book their holidays with childcare facilities already provided as a part of the booking.
Holidays with childcare come in a variety of different types and your options vary depending on the ages of your children and how long you want childcare to be available.
What are the options for holidays with childcare?
- Stay at a resort
- A holiday nanny
- A babysitter
Staying at a resort
If you choose to stay at a resort they will often be activities provided for your children through much of the day. The amount of provision and type of activities will vary depending on the resort you choose so make sure you check with the resort before you book if you have any concerns. This can work well with older children if they like a degree of independence away from their parents but you don’t want them left by themselves all day.
Many resorts also offer creche facilities for younger children which can relieve the burden from parents and enable them to spend time alone with their partner without the distraction of children.
If you want the convenience of staying in a holiday apartment but still need someone to look after your children in the evening when you feel like a quiet meal alone with your partner then a babysitter may be the right solution for you. It may be possible for you to obtain a recommendation for a babysitter from the people who rent you your holiday apartment. If they don’t know anyone suitable then a local childcare service will probably be able to help. Always try to meet your babysitter in advance so that your child becomes familiar with them before they are left alone together. It is also important that you discuss your expectations and the child’s routine with the babysitter so that both of you are clear about what is expected.
A Holiday nanny
Employing a holiday nanny is the best way to ensure that holidays with childcare are entirely stress-free. Taking a nanny with you on holiday leaves you free to do what you wish while the nanny takes care of your children. Normally you arrange for the nanny to work a specified number of hours each day. The only drawback with employing a holiday nanny for holidays with childcare is the expense. Bringing a nanny with you isn’t cheap. In addition to the wages you pay the nanny you will also be responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses in addition to any costs related to the activities they arrange for the children during the day.
Which option do you think is the best solution for holidays with childcare? If you can afford the expense then a holiday nanny makes perfect senses but for many families hiring a babysitter for a few evenings during their break may be a more cost-effective solution.