Time Out! While that phrase is often associated with kids, Time Out Sitters is all about grown-ups.
By providing dependable and caring sitters who are always available, we allow mommies and daddies an opportunity for Time Out. Whether it's for a date night, doctor's appointment, lunch out with
friends, or any other time you need a few hours away from the kids. Time Out Sitters are mom-tested and mom-approved, so you can feel
comfortable having them watch your little ones while you are taking a Time Out!
Time Out Sitters are:
18 and older
CPR trained and First Aid certified
Nationwide background and sex offender checked
Personally interviewed and reference checked
Fun, interactive, and love kids!
Your kids will have so much fun; they'll want to send you to Time Out more often!
I was not born in San Antonio; however, as they say, "I got here as fast as I could!" In 2002, I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Hospitality Management. I met the love of my life in Beaver Creek, Colorado during my internship and got married on April Fool's Day in 2006. I became a mom in August 2011 and thankfully was able to stay home with our son for the first year. God provided me the opportunity to be the owner of Time Out Sitters, which has allowed me to be a work-at-home mom.
As a mom, I now understand the need for a night out to rekindle a relationship or to let loose with the girls! I believe childcare should be affordable and easy to find. My promise to you is to provide outstanding babysitters that you can trust and who will make lasting, positive memories with your children. I have always had a passion for serving others - I strive to provide you with unparalleled service at an affordable cost and always with a smile on my face!
Thank you for allowing Time Out Sitters to serve the beautiful city of San Antonio!
- Katie Rakowitz
Our Time Out Sitters provide an array of services for you and your family. In addition to our child care
services, we have loving pet sitters, dependable house sitters and even sitters who can watch your
little ones every day of the week! Our services are listed below but please feel free to contact us with
questions or special requests.
Registration Fee A one-time $35 registration fee will apply to new clients.
Please note there is a 3-hour minimum for all jobs. Should you arrive home earlier than 3 hours, you are required to pay the sitter for 3-hours plus the small travel fee.
* Holidays require a 5 hour minimum. Holidays include: New Year's Eve (after 5pm), New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Group Rate This rate applies to corporate & non-profit groups.
6 or more children.........$13.00/hour per sitter
Please note, we recommend the following child to caregiver ratio which is in accordance with the
American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. These ratios are more
stringent than the State of Texas guidelines.
3 years - 4 years................7:1
4 years - 6 years................8:1
Pet / House Sitting
Up to 3 dogs......$55 per night
Daily visit..............$18 per visit
In addition to caring for your pets, this rate includes watering plants, collecting mail and gathering newspapers.
Travel fee A travel fee of $5 will apply to all jobs in San Antonio. A travel fee of $8 will apply to
jobs outside of San Antonio including, but not limited to Bulverde, Schertz, New Braunfels,
Selma, Boerne, and Castroville.
Payment & Billing Please pay the sitter directly with cash or check at the end of the job. Make
checks payable to the sitter. The client will be responsible for any returned checks fees.
The sitter will provide a receipt itemizing the charges. All jobs will be billed in 15-minute increments.
We want to be your first choice to care for your children. We are sure you have some questions, so we hope to answer them here. If not, please contact us with any questions you may have.
What are you hours of operation?
Phone calls will be answered and returned between the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm
However, we have sitters available 24 hours a day.
If I am a current client, how do I log in to the new website for the first time?
Either click on the request a sitter button from the home page or click on the pink log in ribbon on the top right corner of the page. Click the link below the log in box to create a password. Complete the form and click confirm. Please note your name is case sensitive. Example: John Smith
If I am a current client, how do I request a sitter?
Once you are logged in, click request a sitter from the dashboard. Fill in the required information. If any of your children will not be present, please unselect them by clicking their name. Only the children highlighted in green will be included in the sitting job.
If I am a new client, how do I request a sitter?
First, please register on the “new clients” page. Then either click on the request a sitter button from the home page or click on the pink log in ribbon on the top right corner of the page. You will receive confirmation as soon as a sitter as been confirmed.
How soon should I request a sitter and how long does it take to confirm a sitter?
The more lead time you provide us to find a sitter the better the availability of sitters. We will try our best to find sitters for last minute requests. You will receive confirmation as soon as a sitter as been confirmed.
How do I pay the sitter?
The sitter will provide you with an itemized receipt. The sitters will accept cash or check at the end of the job. Please make checks payable to the sitter. Any returned check fees will be paid by the client. Please note that sitters can only accept cash from hotel clients.
Can a friend and I request one sitter for all of our kids?
Certainly! We consider any children outside of the immediately family to be guests. Please add an additional $3 per hour per guest.
What if I need to cancel?
Cancellations received less than less than 24 hours prior to the job will be charged a $35 cancellation fee. Please contact us directly by phone or email should you need to cancel a request or confirmed job.
Can I request the same sitter every time?
We understand that you may become comfortable with a particular sitter. We will do our best to confirm your preferred sitter when she is available. It is a good idea to try several sitters so that you may have more than one preferred sitter.
If I return home earlier than I had planned, am I required to pay for the scheduled time?
We have a 3 hour minimum for all jobs. Should you arrive home earlier than 3 hours, you are required to pay the sitter for 3 hours plus the small travel.
Do you provide nanny services?
We specialize in temporary babysitting services. Our sitters have flexible schedules; however they are not available full time.
How do you recruit sitters?
Currently, all of our sitters are referred by each other. From time to time, we will recruit from the Education and Nursing Departments at the local colleges and universities. We do not recruit online for safety purposes.
What is included in the background check that you run on the sitters?
The annual background check includes the following:
National Statewide Criminal Search
National Known Sex Offender Search
Social Security Verification/Previous Address Update
Death Master Index
Checks all Alias Name for Criminal Records
Do you love working with kids? Would you like to set your own schedule? Time Out Sitters may be a great way to combine your love of kids with earning money when you need it! Our sitters must:
be at least 18 years or older
have current CPR/First Aid certification
have previous childcare experience
have a current drivers license, your own reliable transportation and current auto insurance
provide at least 3 childcare references (no relatives)
pass a national background and sex offender check
If you meet the qualifications, please click the "apply now" button below. If we feel you may be a good fit for our company we will contact you for an in-person interview. Please check Sitter FAQs if you have any questions, or you may contact us by email or phone.
You may have some questions about being a sitter for Time Out Sitters. We hope you find the answers here, but if you don't, please contact us.
What should I bring to the interview?
Please bring your current drivers license, auto insurance, and if available, CPR/First Aid certification. You will also need to bring $16 (cash or check) for your initial background check.
If I have to cancel a job that I have been confirmed for, what do I do?
If you need to cancel, please call us at least 24 hours prior to the job. It is important that you speak with someone directly. In the event that you do not speak with someone directly you are expected to be at the job. Cancellations received less than less than 24 hours prior to the job will be charged a $35 cancellation fee.
What if a client contacts me directly to sit?
Please ask the client to submit their request online. You are welcome to tell them you are available, however, all jobs must be scheduled through Time Out Sitters.
What should I do if I get lost or stuck in traffic on the way to a job?
Contact the family immediately and explain the situation. Then call us and let us know. Please try to avoid this situation by using GPS and by giving yourself plenty of time to get to the job.
What should I wear to a job?
Time Out Sitters t-shirts are available for purchase, but not required. You may dress casually, but please no sweats or t-shirts that have questionable graphics or sayings. Always look clean, neat and presentable.
What should I do when children are napping or in bed for the night?
We suggest that you clean up from the activities and meals you served the children. You may read, watch television or do homework. Never use the family’s personal computer. You should NEVER sleep while on a job unless it is an overnight job.
May the client’s children have friends over or go to a friend’s house while I am sitting?
The only children you should be watching are the client’s unless previous arrangements have been made. Guests will be charged $3 per hour per guest. If a child wants to go to a friend’s house this should be also prearranged. Never leave a child unattended while you are sitting. Also, do not let children play outside unless you are with them.
Am I required to clean the house?
You should clean up any messes that you and the children make and if the children are old enough encourage them to clean up their toys. Clean up all food and dishes that you and the children may have used. Wipe down the counters and table or anywhere you may have made a mess. It never hurts to leave the house cleaner than when you arrived.