Unfortunately, there aren't many options for emergency childcare, which is why so many parents dread the onset of a fever, diarrhea, or a stomachache. Most childcare centers have fairly strict sick-child policies to help prevent the spread of illness.
And your challenge is even greater if you use home daycare, a nanny, or relative care because when your caregiver gets sick, there are no substitute teachers like at a center.
Most backup options fall into two main categories: Finding someone else to take care of your child or staying home yourself. It helps to have a backup plan in place before you need it.
Find someone elseAsk about backup care when you do your initial childcare search. Ideally, your home daycare provider, relative, or nanny (or her agency) will have someone else lined up in case of an emergency, though it's not ultimately their responsibility. If so, ask to meet the backup provider ahead of time to make sure you're comfortable having this person care for your child.
If not, you could also:
Stay home yourselfNo one can prepare for every situation. Inevitably, the day will come when you're caught with a sick child and have no one to rely on but yourself or your partner. This option also has several variations: