Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Big Top Event Childcare

Yesterday I met with Therese and Crystal of Big Top Event Childcare.  Anyone who's ever looked into childcare for their wedding, party, or "adult only" event knows that there is a shortage of resources in Oregon for event childcare professionals.  I was thrilled to find out they were starting this business and understood the special needs of event childcare.

It's scary to leave our kids in the hands of complete strangers, even if only for a few hours.  Therefore, its important when hiring (and referring) childcare providers to ask about what kind of background checks they run on their staff as well as their insurance coverage and procedures in case of emergencies.

Big Top staff members are fingerprinted and run through the FBI screening process.  This means that background checks are run through a nationwide system to verify that their staff have no criminal records. 

BTEC's child per caregiver ratio exceeds the state standards and their staff are CPR certified in case of emergencies.  The parents of all children in their care fill out a form notifying the staff of any allergies, health conditions, emergency contact information, etc.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of this company is that parents can log into a secured site from their laptop or cellphone to view their children playing and interacting, as the childcare room is video-streamed live.  This way you know what is happening in another room at all times.

What does this mean for my clients?  Now guests invited to out-of-town, "adults only" events, may be better able to attend these events, as childcare is provided at their destination.  Parents can kick up their heals and enjoy themselves knowing that their kids are in good hands.

For more information on Big Top Event Childcare, please go to:

http://bigtopcare.com/index.php

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