Backup childcare

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Backup childcare
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:15am
What do WOHMs generally use for backup childcare if their kid is sick, so the daycare won't take them, and neither parent can leave work stay home with them that particular day? This is not a rhetorical question today. I always hear about how people should have a backup plan - but where the heck can you send sick kids (just a cold)? Today DS will be in class with me, but it's a last resort.
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Registered: 12-12-2008
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 7:59pm

I don't understand why anyone with a sick child would take the child out of the house and spread the germs/infection to other people--whether it be at your workplace or daycare.

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Registered: 08-31-2008
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 9:56pm
My backup children care when my children were infants was family, e.g. grandparents. My backup childcare as they got older was flexible, family friendly jobs. I work as home, as can my dh. But in a pitch, it's always family, as my dad will always help us out.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:00pm
Uh, you know the whole point of this situation is that neither parent was able to stay home, and nobody else was able to stay with the child either, right? It's certainly not for lack of asking or trying.
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Registered: 08-03-2008
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:13pm
Luckily, I can take almost any day off if I have to.
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Registered: 03-31-2004
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 11:24pm
One time my kids daycare "loaned" me someone who came to my house to watch my 1 year old who had a fever. I paid for her time. That was very helpful and more than I ever expected from a daycare. Yes, we should have a "backup" plan but in the real world that's almost impossible if you don't have family or someone you know who has nothing to do and is available right when you need them.
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Registered: 05-22-2008
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 8:53am
Dd is old enough to stay home by herself if she's only minorly sick.
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Registered: 05-22-2008
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 8:56am

If it's just a cold (as posited in the OP), and the kid is showing enough signs for school to "dismiss" him, then the kid probably isnt' very

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 10:34am
Wow, that's really awesome of them!
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Registered: 03-27-2000
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 1:05pm

I don't remember ever having to take a day off b/c my dd was sick. She was only in daycare for about a year and a half, but she never had anything other than a minor cold and was still able to go to her daycare provider's home in that case. I didn't work in a job that was totally inflexible so I don't think it would have been difficult for me to take a day off had I needed to.

My daycare provider never took a sick day over that time. I would have had back up care though if she had. She was licensed through the Dept of Defense (she lived on a naval base) and was required to have a back up. THere were several other daycare providers on base that served as back ups to each other so we would have been covered had the provider needed to take a day off.

I also have my parents nearby but I don't feel comfortable asking them to watch my kids when they are sick. For one thing, I don't want my parents to get sick themselves (my mom is going to be 68 and my dad will be 74 this year). Plus, esp if it was a stomach bug, that's not something I would ever want someone else to have to deal with. I suppose it was an extreme emergency, my mom would come over, but fortunately, dh can work from home if he needs to and I only work one day a week now so I just go in on a different day or just don't go in at all that week.

I would truly hesitate to watch a friend's child if her child was sick. It would have to be a real emergency situation (like she might lose her job or worked hourly and couldn't afford not to work). However, if the kid just had a minor bug, I would agree. But I have four kids, so I don't want to run the risk of one of them getting sick and then having to miss school or my whole family getting sick from the germs. I suppose if I might do it if I did the babysitting at that person's house and it didn't involve vomiting or the flu. For instance, I'd do it if it was strep throat or something "minor" like that. But I still have one child home with me, so even that would be iffy. I don't mind being a back up in other circumstances, but I would draw the line at being "sick" except in the instances I mention above.

Dh and I can also bring our kids to work. I did just bring my son to work last week. He was home from school with pneumonia but he was on an antibiotic. He was too weak to sit through a full day of class, but I only had to go in for an hour and a half so he came with me (I had to go out anyway to pick my kids up from school). He watched tv in the conference room while I worked. Now if he had been contagious or too sick to be out of the house, I would have just not gone in to work that day.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 4:55pm
We had a nanny, so our back-up care was for when she was sick. It was a company called Parents in a Pinch or something like that. All their back-up sitters were screened, bonded, etc. We used them a couple of times. Although I trusted them, I did have neighbors stop by for unannounced visits just to check up on them.

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