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3 Easy Steps to Creating a Backup Child Care Plan

Tiffany Smith
Feb. 21, 2018

Use this guide to plan for emergency care and make a list of qualified providers -- so when your nanny is sick, you don't miss a beat.

Did your babysitter call in sick? Does your day care have a holiday that your office doesn't? Here are our tips to help you prepare for short-notice child care needs. 

  1. Use Care.com to Post a Last-Minute Child Care Job
    If you have a Care.com membership, you can use the service to conduct a search and to put together a lineup of local backup caregivers who meet your specific needs. Just type in your ZIP code and a list of caregivers will appear. Narrow this list down based on your preferences (hourly rate, age, experience-level, etc.).

  2. Check Them Out
    Once you have a list of "Maybes," you can start collecting your Favorites. Read the reviews past families have provided, conduct phone and in-person interviews and request background checks for added safety.

  3. Add Your Favorites
    Once you find a great fit, click the heart icon to add the caregiver to your saved list of favorites. Also notify them to let them know that you're keeping them on-call.

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