Childcare solutions at Christmas



Worried about covering childcare over the Christmas period? Workingmums has some tips, care of Ben Black of My Family Care.

The festive period usually means change in everyone’s routine. We’ve put together a guide for taking care of children at Christmas which can range from things you may need to prepare for to useful suggestions to consider. All are aimed to help you keep stress to a minimum and enjoy the holidays.

Check opening time changes

Many nannies and childminders will be going home for Christmas so it’s good to check holiday plans as soon as possible. Nurseries can have varied opening hours and be shut on certain days. If you need to find additional cover for the holiday period you can source a backup care at
Many nannies and nurseries will be filling up soon around Christmas time so it’s a good idea to start planning as soon as possible and book as soon as possible.

Christmas shopping made easy

During the Christmas period there will be more dinners, parties and late nights. If you want a night off your usual childcare routine and family aren’t around to help you then book in some extra nanny time and take the evening off.

Rather than drag a 5 year old round the shops why not leave them with a nanny for an afternoon so you can crack on with the shopping and enjoy some retail therapy.

Holiday clubs to the rescue

There are a number of holiday clubs open this time of year. Take full advantage so your children can enjoy some seasonal games and activities whilst you take the afternoon to finish off all those jobs you need to do.


If you’re worried about the cost of a nanny then log on to and find someone to share a nanny with. It can half the costs of childcare making it that bit more affordable over the Christmas period.

Ben Black is Managing Director of My Family Care, a Corporate Employee Benefits Company aimed at helping firms engage with their workforce, especially in terms of their childcare commitments. My Family Care’s services include emergency childcare, one to one support for employees returning to work after children and voucher packages.

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