Should You “Babysit” for a Parent on a Holiday or Weekend

11992820076_c49d8cdf0f_zIf a parent wanted you to care for their child on a day that you are normally closed (holidays and weekends), what would you say?

It’s up to you.

Many family child care providers would say “no”. They want to spend these times with their own family. Refer parents to your contract that says you are closed on these days. Tell the parent, “Sorry, but I’m closed on these days and I have made other plans with my family.” You can also give parents the names of local babysitters.

What if you were open to providing care on a holiday or weekends? Here are some issues to consider.

  • Check with your licensor to see if are allowed to provide care on these days. If the parents ask your own child to care for their child, ask your licensor if this is allowed. In some states, a provider’s own child cannot do “babysitting” in the provider’s home.
  • Check with your business liability insurance agent to make sure your policy covers you when providing care on these days.

What should you charge to babysit?

This is the beginning of an article I’ve posted on In the rest of the article I offer further tips on how to handle “babysitting.” is a community for family child care providers and parents that offers a wide variety of resources including recipes, a blog, and a newsletter.  It serves as a clearinghouse for many online resources (children’s activities, training opportunities, equipment, and more). was created by Minute Menu (now KidKare) to offer free assistance that will help the family child care community grow.

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  1. Thanks for the explanation

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