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OVERNIGHT CARE

POLICIES

PRICING

SAFETY

FAQs

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VETTED & TRUSTWORTHY

Every team member is CPR/First Aid Certified, experienced, provides references and completes interview, background & DMV record check.

RELIABLE & RESPONSIVE

We are locally founded and owned. We provide thoughtful, experienced assistance to help plan your overnight care booking and get the details in order.

TIME SAVINg & low stress

A weekend away, a short business trip, a camping trip with friends. We can help to facilitate safe, fun overnight care for your children during your travel plans.

NEIGHBORS & LOCALS

We call this community home and may even be your neighbors. Our families live here as well and we provide continuing childcare & safety education for our team.

POLICIES 

  • overnight bookings generally call for 7 to 14 days notice 

  • maximum booking length: 3 nights (possibility to extend for older children/teens)

  • overnights can only be booked with a sitter who has previously met and cared for your child. For this reason we cannot guarantee replacement/substitute in the unlikely event your sitter becomes unavailable. 

  • all children must have an age-appropriate bed (crib, mobile crib, toddler bed, etc.)

  • children cannot sleep in a bed with/share a bed with your sitter at any time

  • sitter must be provided with an appropriate adult bed such as a guest bed, foldout sofa bed, or your bed with clean linens

  • you must inform us in advance if any other person will be at your home i.e. a roommate, a grandparent etc. 

  • you must have a contingency plan for a person to relieve the sitter in the event that you cannot get home on time (flight delay etc.)

  • you must have a contingency plan for a person to take over in the event the sitter becomes very ill, is injured, etc.  

  • Please tell us in advance if your child has sleep disruptions - your sitter needs to know

 

POLICIES for LABOR & DELIVERY OVERNIGHTS (care of older children while parent/s is in the hospital) 

  • all of the policies above apply, and:

    • sitter must be placed on paid "on call" status for 8 to 10 hours/day in order to reserve their availability for labor & delivery ​

    • "on call" is paid at 60 to 75% of the sitter's standard hourly rate, to compensate for declining other paid work to remain available 

    • paid on call agreements for L&D require a contract and deposit

NOTE: because Colorado has an overtime law requiring overtime for any shift > 12 hours for non-exempt (protected) workers, L&D bookings may accrue overtime. 

 

PRICING

  • Agency Booking Charge $35.00/night (this covers the day your sitter arrives + the next morning after the overnight)​

  • overnight rate: $15.00/hour ages 1 year and up, covers 1 to 4 children for up to 8 hours (federal wage laws limit overnight rate to 8 hours)

  • overnight rate: $18.00/hour ages < 1 year (if qualified infant caregiver is available)

    • does not apply to night nanny care where worker will be awake/waking periodically for the majority of the shift 

    • does not apply for any hours that children wake and require care (bottle feed, nightmare, etc.)

    • waking hours are invoiced at the standard hourly rate and wake time is charged in one hour increments 

  • overnight stays in relation to federal and state overtime law:

    • With very few exceptions, domestic workers, including babysitters and nannies, are classified as “non-exempt” (protected) workers. There may be exceptions for casual babysitters, meaning "employment which is irregular or intermittent, and which is not performed by an individual whose vocation is babysitting." Read the Federal Code of Regulation § 552.5 here. The agency typically categorizes occasional overnight sitting as casual sitting if the provider is not your nanny, however, we cannot professionally advise you regarding this. We recommend that you consult with your own legal counsel or tax service for wage and overtime questions. If you pay an overnight babysitter as a non-exempt (protected worker), then: 

    • Non-exempt workers are entitled to pay for every hour worked at a rate that may not be less than the federal, state and, if applicable, local minimum wage rate.

    • Overtime (time-and-a-half) is paid for each hour over 40 in a 7-day workweek. Under Colorado state wage law, non-exempt domestic workers must be paid overtime (time-and-a-half) for hours worked in excess of 12 hours in one workday, or 12 consecutive hours regardless of the day.per federal law, sitters and nannies are classified as domestic workers, must be paid hourly for all hours/minutes worked, and cannot be paid salary, a flat rate or a lump sum

    • per federal law, any time worked > 40 hours in a 7 day week must be paid a rate of 1.5x the standard hourly rate

    • per Colorado law, time worked > 12 in a single day, or worked consecutively regardless of day, must be paid a rate of 1.5x the standard hourly rate.

 

FAQs

1. Do I need to pay a sitter while they are sleeping and my child is sleeping? Yes, and our standard rate is $15.00/hour for 8 sleeping hours (typically 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).

 

2. How do I calculate overtime? Start by tallying up the total consecutive hours in each shift (i.e. 5:00 pm nanny arrival to 11:00 am parent return home = 18 hours in the sitter's shift). In this case you pay overtime for hours 13 to 18. Federal law requires that overtime pay be calculated from the standard hourly daytime rate, not the reduced $15.00 overnight rate. 

 

3. My child might wake up at night ( bad dream etc.) and want to get in bed with the sitter. Is this ok?  Children cannot share a bed with a babysitter. Sitters should be compassionate and comfort your child of course, however they must place your child back in their own bed. If your child needs to get in bed with a grownup in order to sleep, it's not time yet to book our overnight sitters. It will be soon! 

4. My child has night terrors. Can we book an overnight sitter? We cannot book for overnights but would love to help your family during the day.  

5. My child sleepwalks. Can we book an overnight sitter? Possibly. In general we don't advise overnights for a child in a sleepwalking phase but contact us. We will ask about the safety items (door locks, baby gates etc.) in place to protect your child and what they typically do while sleepwalking. 

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