if you leave the child in the other person’s care I would say that classifies as childcare or babysitting.
Actually, I would have to disagree… there is no money changing hands in return for the “service”. I do not consiter the kids spending time at a friend’s house "playing or in sunday school or Awanas as having child care. I am not present at either location all the time and am not “with” the kids while the do these activities.
Grandmothers and siblings care for children all the time and this is classified as babysitting or childcare. If this is for a court case and it is about money spent on childcare when parent is at work, then no, I would agree that this doesn’t count as “childcare”.
[i]Originally posted by mal[/i] [br]Grandmothers and siblings care for children all the time and this is classified as babysitting or childcare. If this is for a court case and it is about money spent on childcare when parent is at work, then no, I would agree that this doesn't count as "childcare".
This is about a playdate with a friend that I was not scheduled to be at in the first place. They went to the park and hung out for a few hours (more than 2). Do playdates like this count as babysitting? Do sleepover parties count as babysitting? Does a trip to the zoo with friends? This is the sort of thing I’m asking about.
I don’t consider a playdate childcare.
I wouldn’t think so, as long as it is not a regular scheduled thing. However, then if it is a regular thing but you and the other child’s parents take turns hosting, then no. Outside of childcare, our children also have lives and friends and to me, encouraging those playdates should be looked at as a good thing, not something that ends up even as an issue.
Is a prearranged playdate the same as childcare/babysitting?