My parents were the kind of parents whose children went to church on Sundays. Period. As I grew into my teen years, I became more disinterested in it—most likely because of my late Saturday nights. Although it hardly made any sense for a tired teenager to look after children on Sunday mornings, I took up running the daycare at church to get out of being a part of the service. Watching over the kids was frustrating and challenging and, yet, it was rewarding. And it made sense that our church had a daycare on the premises. How sensible would it be for each couple attending the church to all pay for babysitters Sunday mornings separately?
When I moved to New York, I realized that more and more companies, even my gym, offer an on site daycare. It's genius! For the price of one or two sitters who are skilled in watching over multiple children at once, everyone gets a break. Parents don't have to waste gas and time going back and forth to a sitter's house, nor do they have to spend as much money (which is more precious than ever in this economy) on a sitter, if any.
If your workplace doesn't have an on site daycare, start discussions about the possibility of one existing. Whether they can be built as a perk for employees or will cost a minimal fee each month or year, it's something to consider. Start by polling your coworkers with children to gain an understanding of their interest in the possibility of a daycare. If there is interest, figure out the amount of money you would all, collectively, be willing to spend to have a daycare started. Draw up plans on how it could actually become feasible. Are they rooms in your workplace not being used that could be used for a daycare? Could every worker donate toys and supplies to the daycare? Do you and your coworkers have a database of reliable nannies/sitters who could possibly be employed? You're going to want to approach your boss with all of these questions answered. PowerHomeBiz has got some good advice on starting a daycare, generally speaking, which can be applied to getting one opened up at your workplace. This is worth the effort. Plus, all of your coworkers with kids will be glad you did.