Get back to work with sick-child sit­ter ser­vice

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OUR SAY - Jen­nifer Swaine Chair of Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards

WHEN her child was un­well and need­ing a day at home to rest, Jessie Eva had a dilemma all work­ing par­ents face at some point – to turn up for work or call in sick. While there is no dis­pute that any work­ing par­ent would stay at home with a very un­well child, what if it was some­thing mi­nor that just meant the child needed to rest and be cared for by a suit­ably qual­i­fied adult? Jessie, for­tu­nately, had un­der­stand­ing bosses who be­lieve that fam­ily comes first, but it got her think­ing about how this need could be met.

To­gether with col­league John Cran­ley, the pair set about cre­at­ing Sick Sit – a ser­vice that pro­vides suit­ably qual­i­fied and vet­ted sit­ters (many of who have teach­ing and nurs­ing back­grounds) to look af­ter your un­well child so you can go to work.

This pro­gram has been so suc­cess­ful that cor­po­ra­tions are now fund­ing some of the cost of us­ing the ser­vice, as they have re­alised that it is more cost ef­fec­tive to sub­sidise child mind­ing than it is to have staff with young chil­dren take up to 10 ex­tra parental leave days a year to care for an un­well child.

A large cor­po­ra­tion based in Bris­bane re­cently tri­alled the ser­vice and it was so well re­ceived they are now look­ing to roll it out to other states.

The com­pany had looked at what it was cost­ing them in terms of staff ab­sen­teeism and lost pro­duc­tiv­ity when a par­ent had to take leave to care for an ill child.

The in­tro­duc­tion of this ser­vice re­duced stress on the par­ent and time away from the of­fice – which had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the bot­tom line.

Sick Sit isn’t stop­ping there. They now pro­vide babysit­ting ser­vices for busy par­ents, and can at­tend fam­ily court hear­ings where chil­dren are cared for while me­di­a­tion or hear­ings are be­ing held.

Prov­ing that a good idea, cou­pled with strong de­mand and great ex­e­cu­tion can work, this lo­cally based busi­ness is go­ing from strength to strength.

Ex­pect to hear more about this dy­namic duo as we roll into 2019.

To book the ser­vice call 1300 SICK SIT.


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