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Overnight care
By Ty S. on Tue Jul 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM EDT
I'm curious what others experience may be as a single partent who must travel out of town occassionally for work. I'd be looking for the sitter/nanny to stay at my home with my child for 2-3 days when I travel.

Do you pay a flat rate for overnight care in these situations? Paying the typical hourly rate (i.e. for after school care) would not be affordable or seem fair, but I'm not sure what is customary or what the labor laws may require.

Thank you,
Single Dad in PA
By Heidi B. on Wed Jul 4, 2012 at 7:37 AM EDT
I would offer a flat fee equal t the level of care your child needs, the younger they are the more care they may need. If it's just supervision then maybe not so much.

Naples, FL
By Lauri B. on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM EDT
Most day care providers charge in the range of $35-45 per day for care in their home for pre-school age children. So I add $10-$15 to that rate if they keep child that day and night. If child is school age and requires drop off/pick up, add $2-$3 for gas each day. Since my daughter was in school all day and stayed at provider's house overnight, I paid $40 each day gone plus gas fee for school drop-off. it worked for provider, however, she preferred not to work on weekends since she had child care out of her home during the week. I also paid flat rate of $200 per week with another provider regardless of how often my daughter stayed at her home. This worked excellent for me until my job reduced my hours and I had to pay the rate even while I was home with daughter. Good luck to you. Let the individual ask you for a rate they feel is fair. I their happy and you can afford it, your child care should be appropriate.