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Big Blue Family Care is a service for parents who need occasional caregivers for children or pets, and for UK students looking for babysitting gigs. Occassional care includes:

  • Afternoons
  • Nights
  • Weekends

Emergency back-up care for the full day may be available, but it's rare for students to have a full day to babysit.

Parents who are UK employees, this unique service is one of your employee benefits. Each sitter has passed a UK-employee background check. Our service connects your family to a qualified UK student who is looking for a caregiving job. Submit your request for us to find a possible sitter by using the button below.

Rate of pay and logistics are negotiated between you, as a parent, and the sitter you hire.

Looking for child care or pet care?

We'll help you find a sitter

After submitting your request, we'lll share contact information for 1 to 3 caregivers that match the needs of your request. You can then review each contact, interview potential sitters and select the person that best meets the needs of your family.

Find a sitter

You interview and determine rate of pay

Although we review all caregivers participating in Big Blue Family Care and each has passed a UK-employee background check, you should interview caregivers yourself before you hire them.

Rate of pay and logistics are negotiated between you and the caregiver you hire. Are you unsure about the going rate of pay for babysitting in your area? Calculator for rates by zip code.

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Feedback from families

100% of respondents agree:

  • Big Blue Family Care met their needs
  • They would strongly recommend Big Blue Family Care to others.
  • They are satisfied with the overall quality of care provided for their child(ren).
  • Big Blue Family Care made finding a child care provider easier than looking on their own.

Thank you again for offering this wonderful program!

You have been of great help to us!

Thank you for providing a much-needed service!

UK students Become a sitter

Apply on UK Jobs

You will be asked to fill out some information about yourself, your availability and your caregiving background. Some of this information will be used by the Big Blue Family Care coordinator to create your sitter profile. When a UK family submits a sitter request that matches your availability and background, we'll send your profile to the UK family for review. The UK family will then contact you with any additional questions and to request care.

Please note the rate of pay and logistics are negotiated between you and the UK family. Are you unsure about the going rate of pay for babysitting in your zip code? Click HERE to use a simple calculator for rates by zip code.

Disclaimer

Big Blue Family Care acts only as a clearinghouse for the convenience of caregivers and UK families. Neither the University of Kentucky nor Big Blue Family Care screens caregivers beyond the national background check; the University of Kentucky and Big Blue Family Care only guarantee that the caregivers are currently registered UK students, employed by UK HealthCare, or a benefits-eligible UK retiree. Caregivers are employed solely by the UK family and are not employees of the University of Kentucky or Big Blue Family Care. The University of Kentucky and Big Blue Family Care make no representations to the caregivers as to the nature of the UK family other than that the UK family is currently employed by the Universiity of Kentucky. In addition, the University of Kentucky and Big Blue Family Care make no representations to caregivers or UK families concerning the nature of the services provided. The UK family and caregivers acknowledge that the University of Kentucky is not responsible for, and will held harmless against, any injury, loss, or other damage arising from or related in any manner to the UK families' and caregivers' use of the Big Blue Family Care network.