Schools, preschools and childcare centres all over Australia are full of kids with colds, flu’s and nasty viruses, and working parents everywhere tear their hair out each time a new sniffle arrives, well, there is relief on the horizon.

There is an endless amount of bugs circling, especially at this time of year, but if you’re in sunny QLD and a working parent then LUCKY YOU. One brilliant mum on the Sunshine Coast is putting together an army of qualified sitters who will take care of your kids when they are unwell and you still need to go to work, it’s called Sick Sit. Most of the carers are mums themselves and have experience taking care of little ones who have a nasty virus.

What a relief this would be for those parents who HAVE to go to work to bring home money for the family. It also could help slow the spreading of germs if not so many kids were at school or daycare when they have a virus. Genius!

Hats off to this entrepreneurial mum, we certainly think it’s a brilliant idea.

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  • The idea is great, but personally I rather look myself after my sick children. In my experience sick children also want and need their mum / dad the most. I’ve looked after the sick children of my friend and always will when I can, but giving our sick kids in the care of strangers ?
    One could wonder what is more important: your sick child or missing a day of your job ? When you have to pay sick sit for your child you might as well take a day off work to look after your child yourself.
    And sending your sick child to school or daycare with an extra dose of Panadol ? That is just totally irresponsible and super selfish !!

    • It is! But it’s so sad to see that so many people still do that!!


  • I know one little girl who for some unknown reason sometimes develops a high temoerature during the night and no other symptoms of anything else. Dr. visits have always resulted in not finding a problem. Recently it happened twice in less than 2 weeks. Had my Mum kept me home from school the first 2 years every time I had tonsilitis I would rarely have gone to school. Eventually the Dr. was convinced to take my tonsils out. The toxins from the constant infection from them started to poisin my bloodstream. Mum was told it wasn’t contagious so I sincerely hope she was told the truth. At some childcare centres in SA if they know a child has been sick parents/carers have to provide a Doctor’s Certificate stating they are fit to return.


  • I would surely like to meet these people before the day my child actually gets sick, to be sure I have positive feelings about them, my child likes them and I can trust them.
    If I’ve never met them before, I wouldn’t feel comfortable.
    But it’s definitely a great idea. I never liked seeing sick kids at school. But too many parents don’t care and send them anyway.


  • What a great idea and how wonderful of these mums to look after sick children.


  • Having worked as a teacher, having sick children at school is not only unhealthy but heartbreaking. Children come to school miserable but know they can’t stay home. Then there’s nothing you can really do to comfort them. But there’s no guarantee they’d he happier at home with a stranger. On the teacher’s side of things, this is how teachers get sick – requiring a series of relief teachers which is an occurrence parents also dislike.


  • Not sure I would be comfortable leaving my sick (or healthy) child with a stranger. I’ll stick to family and friends or take a day off myself.


  • Fantastic idea. There are so many parents who simply don’t have the flexibility to take days off work – and that doesn’t mean they love their children any less than than the next person.


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