Newcomers eKit: Babysitters & Childcare
Babysitters & Childcare
As working mothers ourselves, we know how anxious you might feel about transitioning from the caretakers you know and trusted in your old town to the new and unknown in this area. There is nothing more important than feeling confident that your precious littles are being well cared for, and those requirements can change from family to family.
We’ve gathered together for you here some local resources that we know are used frequently by Darien residents, many of which we have, ourselves, used … but we encourage you to do your due diligence in selecting the best option for your family, and offer this list only as a starting point.
— Tot Drop/ Noroton Presbyterian Church (for ages 3 months to 4 years ) State certified full-time, part-time and as-needed childcare for children provided by Noroton Presbyterian Church. This is a terrific and very popular childcare option for local families because of its flexibility – we highly recommend it.
— Holly Care (for ages 3 to 5 yrs) Run by the Darien YMCA, this state certified program offers morning, afternoon and full-day options – all of which include a scheduled activity for each day.
— Kid’s Club (for ages 3 yrs to 5th grade) This state certified after school program also takes place at the Darien YMCA, at the Holly Pond School. Kids can take a designated bus from each of the elementary schools to the program, and stay as late as 6:30pm. We’ve heard from the kids who attend this program that they love it!
When it comes to nanny referrals, we have found two web/social media resources to be especially reliable and helpful. We love (and are members of) both the YWCA Network of Working Women email listerv and the Darien Area Moms Tag Sale Group. A few other resources you could tap into include:
— DHS Jobs Office — This is a terrific resource for many different odd jobs you might need help with, whether it’s babysitting or dog-walking or snow-shoveling or lawn-mowing.
— The Sitting Service and Nannies As Needed are both sitter-on-demand services requiring an annual membership commitment, but they manage all of the screening and reference-checking and guarantee your access to a highly-qualified selection of local babysitters. Working parents, especially, could benefit from these services, which are often used to cover school conference or early dismissal days and/or last-minute-child-home-sick days, when most high school students are required in their classrooms.
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