You’re running late, hurrying out the door to drop off your child and then on to work, when your phone rings. It’s your babysitter. There’s an emergency and she can’t watch your child today.
Or maybe that call is from your daycare facility notifying you that it’s closed for a water main break? What do you do?
These frustrating scenarios are played out every day all over the United States. If you’re smart, you have a backup child care plan, but obviously, not everybody does.
Not having backup child care or daycare costs millions in lost work days every year. It’s especially important if you use a relative, friend or other in-home care because you’re basically out of luck if the sitter is sick, and you may have to take a day off work.
The worst thing you can do is drop your child off with someone you and your child are not familiar with, even if they come recommended by your usual sitter.
Ideally, you should make arrangements for backup child care when you first begin your child care search, say, if you’ve been on maternity leave and decide to go back to work. Your child care provider may have an alternate in mind. If not, seek out a reputable child care facility, and familiarize yourself and your child with the facility in case your in-home provider can’t care for your child on any given day. That way, while you’re making your daily last-minute child care change, you, and your child, will be comfortable knowing exactly who will be caring for him while you’re at work.
You’ll have peace of mind, your child will be happy and well cared for, and you’ll still have your job.