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Moms who have LOs in DC at a sitter's home--advice needed

For Moms who have their LOs in day care in a sitter's home.

My sitter happens to be my neighbor and I don't really have any problems with her as a day car provider, my bigger issue is with one of the other mothers, and the fact that she brings he kid sick to DC ALL THE TIME! And that my sitter takes him. I am seriously considering sending this mom DSs medical bills b/c her son is always getting him sick.

This time it might be pink eye. I might also send her a bill for the time I have to take off of work---UURRRGGG! I get that she is a teacher and doesn't have a lot of days off work, but why should the other kids and parents have to suffer b/c of that?

Any other mom's have this issue? how did you handle it? I am so mad right now, I know I am not thinking clearly! 

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Re: Moms who have LOs in DC at a sitter's home--advice needed

  • Does she have a sick policy? She really should.



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  • My kids are at a DC center.  They have a very set policy on illness.  Children with a fever over 101 will be sent home, they must be fever free for 24hrs to return.  If they vomit twice they are sent home.  Any contagious illnesses such as pinkeye, lice, etc. are sent home.  My kids still got sick all the time in the beginning, but its not as often now that they have been there are few months.

    I would ask your DCP what her exact illness policy is.  Tell her that if it is not being followed, you are considering pulling your children out.  That may get her to crack down on other parents.

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  • I'd be more mad at the sitter for taking the kid. 

     

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    I'd be more mad at the sitter for taking the kid. 

    This.  I mean your LO will get sick somewhat from being w/other children, even if the policies are pretty strict, and a lot of viruses are contagious before you even know your LO is sick, but once they have a fever or something like strep or pink eye they need to stay home until they are better and/or no longer contagious.

    If your DC has no policy on this then talk to your provider and/or find a new DC.

     

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    I'd be more mad at the sitter for taking the kid. 



    This.  I mean your LO will get sick somewhat from being w/other children, even if the policies are pretty strict, and a lot of viruses are contagious before you even know your LO is sick, but once they have a fever or something like strep or pink eye they need to stay home until they are better and/or no longer contagious.


    If your DC has no policy on this then talk to your provider and/or find a new DC.

    Yup, all of this. This is one of the reasons I will only use a licensed in home with a clear sick policy.
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    I'd be more mad at the sitter for taking the kid. 

    This.  I mean your LO will get sick somewhat from being w/other children, even if the policies are pretty strict, and a lot of viruses are contagious before you even know your LO is sick, but once they have a fever or something like strep or pink eye they need to stay home until they are better and/or no longer contagious.

    If your DC has no policy on this then talk to your provider and/or find a new DC.

    Yup, all of this. This is one of the reasons I will only use a licensed in home with a clear sick policy.
    All of this.  DS goes to an in-home provider, but she's licensed by the state.  She has a very clear sick policy similar to the above.  A fever of 101 or above, diarrhea or vomiting, pink eye, lice, etc. will get the kids sent home.  Not like I'd send him, anyway.  Kids with colds can stay, but again I'd keep him home with one of us or my mom in that case.  
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  • I think you need to have a serious conversation w/ you DC about this and implementing a policy.  Our DC won't take a child who has a fever over 100 but a cold or something like that is no big deal. 
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    For everyone's sake, DCP should have a policy.

    As for the other mother....teachers - or any other professionals for that matter -should never get special treatment. 

    I am a teacher.  I have sub plans I can tweak for any day of the week.  Copies of worksheets are already made and otherwise everything can be put together for a substitute in an hour if necessary.

    It is really hard for a teacher to break away in the middle of the day.  Say DD is running a 100 + fever. That's when....drumroll please....DH gets called.  He can leave work more easily than me most of the time.

    A sick policy should be in place and EVERYONE should adhere to it. 

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    I think you are overreacting a bit IMO. Kids get sick at daycare, that's bound to happen but with that being said, just talk to her about this issue.

    DS stays with my cousin and her 2 kids during the week and if a kid is sick, either mine or one of hers, we talk about it the night before and figure out a plan. It's kind of like our own policy. She's not a licensed daycare provider and doesn't have specific policies so we have to work together when things come up.

     

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    I think you are overreacting a bit IMO. Kids get sick at daycare, that's bound to happen but with that being said, just talk to her about this issue.

    DS stays with my cousin and her 2 kids during the week and if a kid is sick, either mine or one of hers, we talk about it the night before and figure out a plan. It's kind of like our own policy. She's not a licensed daycare provider and doesn't have specific policies so we have to work together when things come up.

    I kind of hear you on this, but pink eye is a different category IMHO. I mean, that's really quite contagious and I don't know any DC that will take a kid with pink eye. I wouldn't want to take care of someone else's kid (even my nephew or niece) if they had pink eye.



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  • Is your neighbor licensed? Our licensing authority has rules on how sick the kid can be and still spend the day with DCP - a runny nose without a fever is fine, but a fever above 100 and definitely pick eye would require staying home. Those aren't just my DCP's policies - they're the county policies and my DCP would be jeopardizing her license by breaking them. 
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