Drop-in Childcare

Many organizations provide Drop-in Childcare or Babysitting programs as a benefit of membership or add-on service to their members and participants. All too often, these programs do not adhere to the same policies and procedures as licensed childcare programs located in the same building. Sometimes the same child enrolled in a licensed childcare program during the day may be dropped off to a Drop-in Babysitting program in the evening.  Why would we treat the standard of care / supervision for the same child differently from one program to another?  Who supervises your Drop-in Childcare or Babysitting programs?  The Membership or Childcare department? Who is best suited to supervise and provide support to these programs? Ultimately, Drop-in Childcare and Babysitting programs should adhere to the same policies and procedures as a licensed child care program especially as it relates to screening practices, supervision, staff to child ratios, bathroom supervision, and training. How are you managing your Drop-in Childcare or Babysitting programs?

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