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Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 2:48am
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My son is in a peanut free daycare and his babysitter actually works there, as well as going to nursing school at night. We feel entirely confident with her and go out one night a month. She tells me that she even double checks our food packages out of habit! She is great.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 4:56am
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I was reading some of Carefulmom's posts in Lara's Law thread and didn't want to hijak the thread so I had a question (non FA related). But I'm considering going back to work full time. One reason I stayed home and quit my job was because I was terrified of who was really watching my baby - now I've got two of them and am nervous about it. My SIL will most likely be moving so she won't be able to watch them for long. Daycare is such a HUGE investment and even then, there are no promises. Anyone have any suggestions on best ways to interview or find out if someone is trust worthy or whatnot?

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 5:50am
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All the ones I posted about in the Lara`s Law thread had excellent references. They had all been obtained through an agency which does a very thorough background check, etc. I think that in order to fail a background check they have to be convicted of a crime. Even the one who intentionally gave dd milk would pass a background check.
By the way, someone posted in this thread they were sure their babysitter was not sneaking in food, because they pick up their babysitter. In our case, the babysitter was not bringing in the food when she arrived in the morning. She was actually taking dd to the grocery store to purchase the milk. Dd even showed me where in the grocery store the milk was purchased. Oh, and one more thing, the babysitter who left dd home alone for an hour an a half every day at age 3 was sneaking in her nephew!! She left her nephew age 1 1/2 alone in the car in front of my house for about half an hour every day while I got ready for work. Because it is hard to get ready when you have a small child, I had the babysitter come half an hour before I had to leave for work. That way, babysitter could watch dd while I got ready. So every day the babysitter would leave her nephew alone in her car during this half hour. Then I would leave and babysitter would sneak in the nephew. Then in the early afternoon, the babysitter would leave dd home alone and drive the nephew home. Based on where the nephew lived is how I figured out it was an hour an a half every day. I found all this out from dd who was 3 years old at the time. Also, with that babysitter dd was always getting sick and I could not figure out why. Dd was never around other kids. Turned out it was because the nephew was always sick and dd was catching illnesses from him. It took a month for dd to tell me she was being left home alone. The babysitter convinced dd not to tell me. Finally dd was so scared at being home alone that she told me. Babysitters are great at threatening to harm the parents when they don`t want the child to tell the parent something.

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