Tweeens are a different story although children will need after school care when they are younger. Some of them may be ready to be left home alone for a few hours after school, others may need after school care for several years more, until they're ready and mature to be left alone. Some tweens require a little bit of both - a little independence, not too much. You'll need to look into your options regarding your child's care in case you think your tween may need after school care for a little while longer. Keep these ideas in mind when searching for after school care for your tween, and be sure you discuss the options with your child before you commit. Many elementary and middle schools offer after school care either through the school itself or through outsourced community organizations. These options are great for parents who need to find after school care for just an hour or two. Many programs offer flexible plans, allowing for daily care, or occasional care as needed. Be sure you check out the program thoroughly to make sure that the program is varied enough to keep your tween interested.

After school care options for students

Local community centers or YMCAs may in case your child's school doesn't offer after school care. Students who participate in these programs are generally bused from the school to the center, making it easy for parents. Such programs usually offer tutoring services, physical activities, crafts, games, and time for students to tackle homework assignments. You might be able to find a volunteer opportunity for him that will help him foster his citizenship skills as well as provide a safe environment for him for an hour or two every week in case your tween only requires occasional after school child care. Look into volunteer opportunities at area museums, churches, your child's school, or your local library. Friends, neighbors, and relatives may be willing to watch your child occasionally. Offer to coordinate an after school child care co-op, each of you taking responsibility for a particular day or week. You might e able to help other members of the co-op by watching their children on the weekends even in case you can't watch other children during the week. Extra-curricular activities can be fun for your tween, expand his horizons and provide you with much needed child care. Look into opportunities at your child's school, through youth sports organizations, or local parks and recreation departments. Other organizations to consider include service groups such as the Girl Scouts or the Boy Scouts of America. When your child enters middle school, or prepares to enter middle school, you may have to reconsider after school activities, after school care, and other activities. Is your tween ready to stay home alone? Has he burned out from competitive sports? Does he require constant, or occasional supervision? Here's your guide to after school activities and the tween years.