Finding a Babysitter

May 25, 2011 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

So we have our daycare and we have family members who are often willing to babysit. But who will watch our baby when the daycare isn’t open and my mom has other plans and my sister-in-law has to work?

Sittercity.com is a website that links parents who need a sitter with babysitters who want a job.

If you’re a parent who has been stuck without child care at one time or another, this website is definitely worth checking out. The prices for their services are reasonable. But first, go into the site and do a search for sitters in your city/town. You can find out right away if there are providers who you may want to contact. Even without becoming a member, you can view the sitters’ background, experience with children, age and education, a photo, their rates, and their skills and certifications. If you see a few who you might want to speak with, you can obtain their contact information by becoming a member for $35 for one month (other plans are available for longer time periods).

Another alternative is to post your babysitting job and let the sitters come to you. This can be done with a 7-day free trial, so you can see who applies to your job and view their pictures and experience. You do have to pay in order to see your applicants’ contact info. But this option allows you to find out if there are babysitters out there who are really interested in working for you, and who have the qualifications you’re looking for, before you pay any money.

Sittercity.com also has a section on “How to Hire the Right Sitter” and “Tips & Tools for Parents” with some good suggestions, including a list of babysitter interview questions and a list of questions to ask when calling your sitter’s references. Additionally, the website can connect you with individuals who offer pet care, senior care, housekeeping, and tutoring services.

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