We have found that childcare needs can change slightly over this coming period, particularly with an increased need for nannies and babysitters to stay overnight at your house. Whilst making these types of arrangements might be usual for those who work night shifts or parents, households with two working parents who both travel or parents of new-borns who arranged full-time in-home help for a period, but for the rest of us, it raises questions!
First, you will want to follow the approach to finding a day nanny or babysitter; check out some of our posts about this: Five things to consider when hiring a new nanny and 5 tips for hiring the best babysitter.
But you will also want to think through some additional considerations for the overnight situations:
Your children's age and needs
Do your kids sleep through the night or will this be an active night of work for your nanny or babysitter? What do you need to share about the nocturnal routine in your household?
Have you organized a clean and comfortable place for nanny or babysitter to sleep and set themselves up? Have you considered how meals will be handled over the period you are away?
How much should you pay for this type of support?
There are different views on this and you should agree with your nanny or babysitter in advance so there are no surprises. Different approaches include: paying the same rate per night as day, paying a reduced rate during “sleeping hours” with normal pay for any periods in the night when work is required; and a flat rate for overnights. Don’t forget to check the rules for overtime work in your province.
How to find a nanny or babysitter for overnight stays
You’ve come to the right place! Use www.sossitter.ca to gain access to qualified nannies and babysitters in your local area for both daytime and nighttime support!
We hope this helps get you started on making your arrangements for overnight help in your home.