What does remote work mean for child care in the DMV Area?
• Full-time nanny or au pair
• Full-time daycare
• Part-time in-home caregiver or babysitter
• Part-time or flexible daycare drop-off
Childcare options for the work from home parent
Full-time nanny, au pair, or a private educator is the most expensive option
Depending on the mental stress of your remote job, your budget, and/or your child’s needs full-time in-home care may be for you. A full-time nanny, au pair or even a private educator coming to your own home every day could afford you the freedom to get things done while giving your child the personal attention and support they need. A private caregiver also gives you the flexibility to be close by to your infant or children to allow for those special moments when you can pop into their day.
Full-time private hire is expensive and hourly rates or annual salaries vary depending on experience and the volume of professional in-home caregivers near you.
Reliability is also important as is having backup options for when the regular care provider is sick or has time off. Here, au pairs may be better than nannies as in most cases the au pair will live with you in your own home. Nannies and au pairs can be found through nanny and au pair agencies but can also be privately hired from online job boards and. The private hire route is cheaper, but you will need to do the work searching, interviewing, and vetting potential candidates as well as handling the Household Employee tax responsibilities
Full-time daycare is the least expensive option
If you can no longer do double duty or if you are seeking structure and stimulation for your child or infant, full-time daycare is still the best most affordable childcare choice.
Daycares as well as traditional elementary schools are still great for building social and emotional skills as well as a foundation of learning necessary to succeed later in life. Regulations ensure early learning basics are provided to every child at accredited or approved daycares. If this fits your child and your budget, be sure to look for highly rated daycares near you. You may still need a back-up care option for sick days and snow days, however, and a service like OndeCare which provides caregivers at short notice can be a lifesaver!
Part-time, in-home childcare is a great medium cost option.
If you are looking for the most flexibility and control and your budget is a bit larger than area daycare costs but not quite large enough for a full-time caregiver, then flexible, part-time childcare in your home may be for you.
The key is to tap into a reliable and flexible pool of babysitters or professional childcare providers to get you the best of both worlds. Nanny placement agencies typically don’t place part-time nannies so for most finding childcare providers is by word-of-mouth recommendations or through an online job board like Care.com or Urbansitter. Online job boards will give you give you a list or providers to start from but don’t do the work of vetting, matching, and coordinating schedules and can't guarantee reliability or provide backup options. If available in your area, a more comprehensive option is ondecare.com which matches you with pre-vetted, professional childcare providers, helps you schedule and manage your caregivers and also automates back-up care when you need it.
Part-time daycare is another medium cost option.
Some daycares allow for less than the traditional 5-day commitment Actually, again thanks to the pandemic, more daycares have figured out how to make this an option – some innovative daycares have built their businesses around this burgeoning need for flexibility when it comes to infant care, child care, or special needs care.
Part-time or flexible daycare drop-off is more expensive than traditional full-time daycare but can give you and your child the best of both worlds – some routine and some flexibility. If available in your area, a more comprehensive option is ondecare.com which matches you with pre-vetted, professional childcare providers, helps you schedule and manage your caregivers and also automates back-up care when you need it.
Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland In‑Home Childcare from OndeCare
Which solution is best for me when working from home?
'In-home childcare , full-time or part-time, while it can be the most flexible, tends to be more expensive than the daycare. Daycare is still the most cost-efficient childcare solution and now many daycares offer part-time options, too. If neither on its own is ideal, consider combining part-time daycare with flexible in-home childcare to create a tailored solution that perfectly fits both your child's needs as well as your work from home schedule!
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Maria was absolutely amazing! She instantly bonded with my father and immediately took care of his needs. She engaged him in conversation and made him feel alive and whole. She went above and beyond to care for him. She surpassed my expectations at such short notice. She's God sent and I highly recommend her to care for your loved one.
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Very patient and nice. Works well with my son. Will book again in the future if available.
Aukia did a fantastic job! You can tell she has a strong education background because she took time out of the day to do some lessons with my kids, including learning the days of the week! Would absolutely book again.
I’m so glad Zachary had a fun day with Latonya. She was great and it really made my life easier to know he was in great hands this week.
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Toni was a great help, very patient with my Mom. Positive vibe overall. Thank you for the great work.
Really appreciated her willingness to adapt to our last minute changes. Took well to the kids and assisted with care
Anwar was amazing!
Kelsey was super communicative, on time, and asked great questions to make sure she provided good care for our daughter. She definitely had a lot of experience with infants and really kept her cool when the baby was losing it.
Cori is great! She arrived on time, with short notice. She was very kind and patient with my child as well as my nervous pup. Super friendly, professional and helpful. Highly recommended!!
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Shertarra was great! She is very conscientious and made herself available at very short notice, even on Christmas Day!
Patricia is great! Very knowledgeable, kind/caring, capable, and easy to get along with - it would be hard to find anyone better.
Christina has been an absolute Godsend for us. She is doing a phenomenal job and we're actually going to see if she can help us out even more. We are more than pleased with her help!
Jessica is always the best ,reliable great care and excellent company.
Andrea was booked last minute & we really lucked out! She was warm, attentive and really made my parents feel comfortable immediately.
Jennifer has cared for my Mom and daughter. She is fantastic all around! She has a wonderful attitude and goes above and beyond with everything. I trust her completely to care for our family and I can't recommend her enough.
Overall I had a great experience and I am very pleased with Jaynine and I look forward to a nice working relationship. I have seen a lot of caregivers when I was in a rehab facility for three months and I am now able to judge their character, Jaynine made a great impression on me.
Cherita did a wonderful job taking care of my Mom. She was prompt, professional and quickly learned the morning routine. She related well to my Mom and we look forward to having her come back.
Nicole was wonderful! She was on time and understood the need for PPE. She was willing to enthusiastically do anything I asked her to do, and her medical knowledge was invaluable. Great job Nicole!!
Chereve was fantastic with our son! She showed up early, was fantastic with my four year old when he wasn’t feeling well. My son said he loved her!
Heaven did a phenomenal job keeping my multiple kids well taken care of the entire evening. She played with them, made dinner, and cleaned up leaving everyone and everything better than when I left!
Amber was great. She arrived early and immediately engaged with our girls (19 months & 5 years) and managed bath and bedtime routine. She even took the time to clean our counters and then some. I’d definitely rehire and recommend.
Alice is becoming a fan-favorite here at Fellowship City Church! She is incredibly professional, but also very warm and welcoming. She's great with the kids, and always works well with whatever other childcare worker she is paired with. We can't wait to use her more and more in the future!
Rae was excellent. My son was happy & had fun. She went above and beyond to help me in tasks that are challenging bc of my health when she didn’t have to do that. Very thankful to have had her help. Highly recommend!
Marc is very upbeat and seems to be bonding well with my son. We are lucky to have him to help take care of my son
Shanelle cared for my boys over the summer and consistently went above and beyond what was expected of her! Both boys are very fond of her, and I was able to work and know they were safe and well cared for - an experience we couldn't get from daycare centers. I will absolutely be looking forward to working with her more in the future!
Manny is a great companion for our son. He is very cognizant that primary caregivers get the relief they need while his client gets the attention, independence and community interaction he needs. And just a really great guy!
Tracee has been great with our grandson. She is kind, patient, and very calming for his energy. She is reliable and very good with him. He likes spending time with her
Lee has done everything that I have asked of her and now I can breathe when my son, who has special needs, and requires constant monitoring for his medical condition is in her care. I can trust lee with his life.
Our four girls loved Aukia. She was fantastic and helped us out for portions of 8 days over a 2-week period. Very calm and comforting demeanor and engaging with the kids. Was always early. We would highly recommend Aukia and look forward to seeing her again.