POLICIES

Babysitters at the Beach offers vacation child care in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, all along 30A, and surrounding areas in Florida. All of our sitters come to you – like a one-on-one summer camp just for your crew!

We are passionate about kids and take pride in delivering an excellent service to our clients and serve vacationing families through our amazing team of babysitters!

 

Office Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Saturday.

Sitter Hours: 6:00 AM-12:00 AM Monday-Sunday. 

 

Notice: We encourage early bookings as sitters become booked quickly in the Summer months! Call us at 850-260-0005 to make a  reservation.

 

Please see all information below for child care services. This includes pricing, helpful information, and booking policies!

From the Owner: 

"We love our babysitting service, and hope you will also. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with our services please inform us, as we always love feedback to continue improving. Having a great name in the area is top priority to us! For this reason, we appreciate the value of our repeat clients and referrals. Thank you!"

WHY CHOOSE BABYSITTERS AT THE BEACH? WE HAVE 10 REASONS.

  1. The company never makes boastful or false claims such as being number 1, or the premier company, etc. They feel actions are larger than words, and their happy clients and referrals speak for themselves!

  2. They are not a fly by night company opening and closing each season. They have been in business for over 5 years and keep a consistent staff year round.

  3. They are legally licensed and Insured. 

  4. The owner is transparent and feels that listing information about herself is best. For this reason, you will always know that the company is owned and operated by Heather McDonald who personally discusses pricing and other helpful information needed to book. 

  5. Babysitters at The Beach is the only company that offers MONTHLY drug screening, and monthly background checks, on sitters DURING PEAK SEASON. (March-September) Of course, sitters pass drug and background screening upon hiring!

  6. The owner does not hire or send sub-par sitters just to earn extra income. She knows that high standards bring repeat clients each year, which is very important to her. Therefore she would rather decline bookings over sending any sitter who will not deliver quality service, that could harm children or the company's trusted reputation.

  7. The owner is a local and sees her sitters regularly - sometimes daily! This means that standards are high and enforced. 

  8. The owner is a young mother with a son herself and knows what parents desire in a sitter. She also has fresh experience as a babysitter so she can relate to her staff. 

  9. The owner shares valuable information and concerns with her sitters so they may be cautious in everything they do! Safety is TOP priority for Babysitters At The Beach and their sitters.

  10. All of our staff are background checked, drug screened regularly, CPR & First Aid Certified, female, come to us with extensive childcare experience, and are thoroughly trained on the job before ever entering a home alone. They have guidelines and policies that they must consistently adhere to to be on our staff and Heather never hires someone she wouldn't trust to watch her own child. 


As a mother, Heather understands how important it is to know your loved ones are being watched by the safest and most qualified sitters around. The beauty of using a Sitter Service is that Babysitters at The Beach does all of the work for you, so that you may hire a sitter with peace of mind. Screening and training and follow up are all covered by us, so that you're guaranteed to have a qualified sitter come into your home. Over the years as Babysitters at the Beach has grown, Heather no longer needs to advertise. This is because of her repeat clientele and dozens of referrals the company receives. We are proud of this fact and want to always consistently honor our client's trust.  

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Sitters are available from 6:00am-12:00am and we do have a 4 hour booking minimum. We charge on the hour and do not do half hours. Although we do our best here at Babysitters at The Beach to accommodate last minute callers, we do encourage early bookings as we book up quickly in the Summer months. If a certain date is already filled, families may request to be put on the waiting list, and Babysitters at The Beach will then notify parents if staff becomes available! This system has had much success in the past! Babysitters at The Beach is known for being a reliable company. For this reason, we use caution not to overbook, ensuring every family has a sitter that they reserved! For same day bookings on nanny services we encourage calling to book by NOON the day of, as sitters begin to make personal plans if they are unaware of requested babysitting appointments and will be released. To book a sitter please call the agency. Babysitters at The Beach reserves with a credit card, and has a 48 hour cancellation policy. If any cancellations are made within 48 hours of the booked appointment time, the 4 hour minimum will be charged. Babysitters at The Beach does not require families to pay in advance at time of booking as sitters are paid IN CASH ONLY at the time of service. 

 

PAY AND PRICING
Pricing subject to increase or decrease during peak or off season. 
One sitter: Pricing starts at 24.00 per hour!

Payment: Sitters are PAID IN CASH ONLY on the day of the service. This excludes checks and credit cards. On the very rare occasion, a travel fee may incur for areas that require longer driving time. This will be discussed with clients at time of booking. If parents arrive 10 minutes into the next hour, they will be charged for an additional hour as we do not charge half hours. Sitters are available until 12 am, after that time the rate doubles. This is to ensure the sitters safety

Driving fee: During peek & holiday seasons, there is a one time driving fee due to sitters sitting in traffic for long periods of time. This is discussed at time of booking.

Locals: Please call for special off season rates. Must present ID upon babysitter arrival.

We love our military! If the family requiring babysitting is in the military, they can receive a discount. Parents please present military ID upon payment to receive a discount. Please inform booking agent at time of booking if you are military.

GRATUITY
Many families often ask if they should tip their sitter. Although it is not an obligation, babysitting is a service and tipping is encouraged as sitters may drive long distances for short periods of time. Sitters may also purchase items, such as disposable non-reusable crafts, for their activity bags so that the children have a wonderful standout experience with our company. For this reason, sitters always appreciate tips. If you feel your sitter did a great job, gratuity is encouraged. This ensures that we maintain an excellent staff and will help with a sitter staying on staff for the family's return visit.

 

SICK POLICY

Our policy does not allow sitters to babysit for children that are sick. This ensures sitters reliability and availability as it prevents the spreading of germs from a previous family. This policy is strongly enforced. This includes and is not limited to fever, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or inconsolable children. 

SPECIAL NEEDS

To request a sitter that has experience with special needs, please feel free to call the agency with any questions! 

PROFESSIONALISM

Please remember that Babysitters at The Beach is a child care service only. Staff does not offer housekeeping services. Sitters clean up after themselves and children only. Please remember to be kind to staff as they are always kind to your family! Each sitter chooses to babysit for each family on her own accord. Babysitters at The Beach works with many amazing families, however from time to time, some families might not treat their sitters in a friendly manner.  If families expect more than child care services, or are unfriendly towards sitters, existing reservations may be canceled as we want all sitters to enjoy their experience working with Babysitters at The Beach and to feel appreciated for their efforts and excellent work! 

EVENTS & WEDDINGS
For sitters attending events or weddings, pricing may vary depending on needs. Please call for custom pricing. Babysitters at The Beach offers child care for all ages for cooperate, military, or large events. Many items can be brought such as baby equipment, toys, games, and much more! 

We offer sitters in the following areas: All along 30A, Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, Inlet Beach, Seagrove Beach, Seaside, Watersound, Blue Mountain Beach, Watercolor, Grayton Beach, Dune Allen, Carillon Beach, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, and Miramar Beach. 

If you book services with us and are not extremely satisfied with your sitter, please call us right away so we can improve! We are always trying to do our best and appreciate feedback in areas that may need improvement. We are available by phone or text at  850-260-0005.

 

All bookings take place over the phone. Babysitters at the Beach likes to get to know each family and their individual needs/requests. 

© 2019 Babysitters at the Beach, LLC. Created by Jennica Blair.

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