StudentHostMom writes with a question about overnight childcare.
Our contract strictly forbids leaving the kids alone with the au pair overnight.
Our main reason for getting an au pair was to support me as I returned to classes, part time, to finish my college degree. Since my husband travels all week, every week, our Au Pair has the kids briefly in the morning fore school and then again in the afternoon. We have yet to use more than 37 of our au pair hours (usually more like under 30), so there is room for me to schedule more work hours for her.
Recently a job opportunity arose in my field, but the position is a night one. I’d have to leave the kids alone (while sleeping) overnight and would be back in the morning to see them on the bus. It’s a wonderful opportunity, but I’m wondering how to handle the logistics of it. It would be 2-3 nights a week, not anything outrageous, and there is every chance those nights will fall on nights when HD is home. But that’s not something that can be guaranteed.
I don’t want to have to hire an additional sitter to to sleep in the house overnight. I’d rather have our au pair be ‘on duty’ those hours, count them as part of her work week, and shift around other hours to keep her under 45 hours. An alternative might be to ask her to be ‘on duty’ those overnight hours, and pay her extra for these hours.
Both options, of course, violate my Agency’s rule about no overnight work.