Corporate Back-up Care
Houston emergency babysitter services are already available to many local companies. Companies choose to offer a back-up babysitter benefit to employees to decrease absenteeism and promote loyalty. If your company would like to support your parent employees through a corporate babysitter emergency back-up program, we can provide you with a custom quote.
What is a back-up care program?
Employers contract with a back-up care company to provide emergency babysitter benefits to their employees in case they experience a breakdown in their regular childcare arrangements. Many of the needs are last-minute, and may include:
- Caregiver (including spouse) is sick
- Employee must work overtime and regular caregiver is unavailable
- Child is mildly ill
- Caregiver is on vacation, has to go out of town, or has unbreakable commitment for the day
- Vacations, holidays, breaks or early dismissal at your child’s school or daycare
- Business travel requires care
- Other unexpected disruptions
Employers provide subsidized coverage of their childcare in order for their employees to be able to work.
How does it work?
Companies contract with a back-up care company to offer the benefit. This may be a direct solution such as Mom’s Best Friend, or it is often a larger, comprehensive solution such as Bright Horizons, offering additional options such as elder care. When a need occurs, employees contact the backup care company to book care via a call center or emergency backup care phone line. Employees are typically allotted a set number of hours per calendar year by their employer, and employees often incur a small deductible as they utilize the care.
Why should companies offer backup care?
The benefits of a backup childcare program include:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Recruiting tool for best talent
- Reduced staff turnover
- Increased productivity
- Higher employee morale
- Peace of mind for employees knowing that sick childcare arrangements are available
Do I have backup care? How do I get it?
Please contact your human resources department to find out if your company offers an emergency childcare benefit. For more information about getting a backup care program started for your company, please call Laura Patterson at 512.775.5437, or you can email her at email@example.com.