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September 13th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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I received a call from Daycare today saying that Leah had a fever and we needed to come get her. Fine. But also that she had to be out the next day per the state regulations. Not fine. My husband and I each took a day from work to care for her. So we need to come up with a couple backups to daycare when we are unable to bring her due to a fever or illness and if she needs to be picked up. We debated this becaue we have to now pay a babysitter what we are already paying daycare for. So we pay twice for her care. But are jobs aren't in jeopardy from too much time off or having to take days without pay. We didn't see this coming at all.

I have no idea what to pay for a babysitter in this sitaution. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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September 14th, 2012, 04:03 AM
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I don't know what the going rate is for baby sitters. It probably varies wildly depending on location too. When I was of babysitting age, you got paid $10. Not $10 an hour, just $10.

I believe it's higher than that now. I know. I am super helpful.
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September 15th, 2012, 01:03 AM
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I have a sitter for the oldest two once a week for about 3 hours, I pay her 10 dollars for the night, but my older two are pretty easy, they just play and she does homework.
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September 18th, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Really depends on how lucky you can get. I watch 3 kids....all Full Time. I have a set of siblings and a single. They are 14m, 18m, and 3. The 14m is $125 a week, the 18m is $100, and the 3 yr old is $75. When they are out I don't get paid, and I like it that way because if they are home sick so is a parent.

It really depends. I know you can find some SAHM who do drop in service. I am doing a drop in service for a girl, have her son 3 days a week for about 5 hrs. She only pays $40 a week, but since I am moving it is going to go to $30 (make up in gas) if she wants to stay with me.

I personally wouldn't spend more than $25 a day.

But yes per Daycare/child care centers....they have to be fever free, diarrhea free...for 24 hrs before they can return. It should have been in the contract you signed. Most centers tell you that too!
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September 18th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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We have flexible employers (mine more so than the Mr.'s), so if there's a day out required, we typically do one of two things - who absolutely CAN'T miss work, *or* we split the day and one of us takes the morning and the other the afternoon.

I'm not entirely sure what we'd do if we both HAD to be at work. As for paying babysitters, I have no clue whatsoever. Especially if it's to watch a sick child.
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September 19th, 2012, 02:08 PM
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When I kept kids, it was at least $25 per day, and I also went by the rule to keep them out until fever free for 24 hours since I have kids of my own. Most still paid me even when their kids were out because they were still getting paid.
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September 19th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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We pay our babysitter minimum wage if they're under 18 but if they're over 18 we pay them more!
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September 20th, 2012, 12:14 PM
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Thanks girls for the input.
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September 20th, 2012, 07:09 PM
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We pay our babysitter $10/hr.
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