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What is Event Child Care and How Does It Work?

Parents who have to attend professional meetings or out-of-town corporate events may typically rely on the help of family or friends to babysit their children while they’re away. Did you know that there’s another option? It’s called “event group child care” and it can make it possible for your employees to bring their children along with them to the destination city!

 

About Event Child Care

What exactly is event child care and does it work? Event child care consists of professional child care services and programs that keep children safe, entertained and busy during the day while the parents are at your conference or event. Childcare providers such as ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements offer a safe environment for children, complete with craft projects, activities and games that both entertain and educate them.

While younger children receive structured play and fun lessons during the day, older children have the option to visit the destination city through youth tours. These outings give children the chance to see local sights such as historic landmarks, museums, or public parks. Youth tours are typically provided for children who are ages six and older.

Older children may also enjoy spending time in a youth hospitality suite – a play and entertainment area dedicated to children aged eight and older. In this space, kids can play arcade games such as pinball and foosball, as well as make jewelry, play board games, or play on the Wii!

Why Use Event Child Care?

What are the benefits of using event child care for your employees? If you’ve ever allowed your employees’ children to attend a conference or corporate meeting before, you know that your liability costs may increase once young children are onsite. By giving the children a safe environment designed specifically for them, you can make it possible for children to accompany their parents to the destination city without paying the additional insurance costs yourself.

Hiring an event child care company also makes it easier for attendees to actually participate your corporate events. Those that cannot arrange child care at home typically have to skip attending conferences or meetings. However, if you provide event child care options, employees with families are far more likely to come to the event.

Another key advantage of using event child care is that the public image that you represent a family friendly atmosphere.Considering the needs of your employees and their families may also help attract corporate sponsors to your organization or your event.

Keeping Your Teen Busy During Business Trips

If you travel regularly on business, you’re probably aware that many companies are becoming more flexible with bringing the kids along. As long as you attend the trade show, meetings and other work obligations, the time spent outside of these responsibilities is your own. That is why so many travelers, moms especially, are taking their children with them on business trips. You won’t have to find a sitter or miss out on time spent with your child, and your teen can take advantage of a few small travels of her own!

If you have a teen, traveling with one is easier than a child. However, entertaining one isn’t. Just like at home, you’ll need to arrange a few structured activities that will keep your teen busy, apart from cell phones, laptops and handheld games. Most importantly, you want to make sure that your child is safe so that you can focus on your work during the day.

One of the most effective ways to keep your child busy and safe is to choose onsite child care that is often arranged by the employer. These on demand facilities such as New Orleans based Accent OCA provide convention, conference, meeting and babysitting services that are offered to working parents on business. Your teen will be kept busy and can interact with other kids his own age, plus lend a helping hand with the younger children if he chooses.

If your teen thinks she’s too old for a traditional sitter, then try a different approach. With online babysitter databases, you can find a candidate that can take your teen around the town while you work. Some cities are more family-friendly than others, with New Orleans being one of the best for kids and teens. The Audubon Zoo is 340-acres and home to swamp creatures, Bengal tigers and alligators. Or visit the Audubon Aquarium that will let your teen get up close to some the most interesting swamp critters around.

Maybe your child would rather walk around the city of New Orleans and engage in less structured activities. Once your meetings are through, take a stroll through the French Quarter, check out the head-turning Monteleone Hotel and visit the historic homes in the Garden District. If your teen is up for some spooky fun, a haunted tour may fit the bill and lead you to the above-ground tombstones and New Orleans voodoo shops.

Also remember to pack along all the things your teen loves and can do in the hotel such as an e-Reader, laptop and game console. Buy her an inexpensive digital camera as a treat and let her take pictures of the new city. Take advantage of the ethnic foods in the area by trying out a family-friendly buffet. Also look for places that offer free, live entertainment that will provide culture-oriented music to give your teen the perfect balance of learning, fun and quality time spent with the family.

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ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements-OCA, located in New Orleans, Louisiana is full service event child care company providing a host of child care and babysitting services for meetings, conferences, conventions and other special events taking place all over the world.