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Frequently Asked Questions

At Blocks Babysitting, we want to make sure we answer the many questions you have about our service. Should you have more please call or email us!

How do I request sitters?

Can I request a specific sitter?

What if I need to cancel a sitter?

I only need occasional babysitting, are your services open to people like me?

My family needs an over night sitter, can your service accommodate this?

We need a sitter to accompany us on a vacation. Do you have anyone who is able to do this?

What do your fees cover?

What is the going rate for babysitting in Chicago?

Do you have sitters that drive?

Do you have sitters that swim?

Do you have sitters that tutor?

Are your sitters college educated?

How do I request sitters?

Sitters requests may be made to Blocks by phone, email, or text message. Please book 72 hours in advance to be guaranteed a sitter and not charged for an emergency placement.

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Can I request a specific sitter?

You can request specific sitters, however, there is no guarantee that you will have the same sitter every time. It is recommended to use between two and three sitters. This way a small pool of sitters will get to know your family and home.

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What if I need to cancel a sitter?

At Blocks, we understand that with a family there is never a dull moment. If you have to cancel a job please cancel before 72 hours of the job. If you cancel in less then 72 hours you will have to pay the assigned sitter a $30 cancellation fee.

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I only need occasional babysitting, are your services open to people like me?

Absolutely, book your sitter 72 hours in advance and be guaranteed a sitter for $25. Under 72 hours, Blocks cannot guarantee a sitter and if we are able to place a sitter the charge will be $45.

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My family needs an over night sitter, can your service accommodate this?

Blocks cannot guarantee an overnight sitter. However, we are willing to try to accommodate the placement.

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We need a sitter to accompany us on a vacation. Do you have anyone who is able to do this?

Much like our over night sitter policy, we are willing to try to fill the request, but we do not require our sitters to go on vacation with clients. If a sitter agrees, Blocks is more then happy to fulfill the request.

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What do your fees cover?

If you are a client of Blocks Babysitting, the fees cover unlimited babysitting placement in a given month.

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What is the going rate for babysitting in Chicago?

Sitter’s rates vary from person to person. Clients or one-time clients are encouraged to ask sitters what their rates are and pay them accordingly.

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Do you have sitters that drive?

Yes, some sitters do drive and have their own cars. These sitters are in high demand, so please make sure you specify your needs. If you want your sitter to drive your children, you must give your sitter written authorization to do so. Blocks Babysitting cannot be held liable for sitters who drive your children.

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Do you have sitters that swim?

Yes, some sitters do swim. If you want your sitter to swim with your children, you must give your sitter written authorization to do so. Blocks Babysitting cannot be held liable for sitters who swim with your children.

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Do you have sitters that tutor?

Yes, some sitters are able to tutor. Should you want a sitter to tutor your child it is up to you to create the guidelines of the tutoring and schedule the tutoring through Blocks. Tutoring is not the same as babysitting, so your regular sitter might have a different compensation structure. Remember, your tutor is there to help a specific child, so, if you have other children, you might want to consider an additional sitter or taking your other children out of the house while your tutor is there.

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Are your sitters college educated?

Most of our sitters are college educated or currently pursuing their degrees or secondary degrees. We pride ourselves on hiring unique and creative people and each sitter brings a different skill set and line of expertise to the table.

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So good, people are talking about us.
Blocks provides great childcare options.

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