Parents, no matter, how much they love their children need to leave them for work or tour. Then, they need caregivers, babysitters or nannies. Especially, if they do not have family or friends residing nearby to watch or give care to their children, babysitters are the savers. Here comes the difficult part: what are the best possible ways to look for reliable babysitters and nannies? Searching for a trustworthy babysitters may confuse as you do not know the right channels to find out the right and experienced persons in your neighborhood. In this regard, look for online local classifieds and babysitter focused websites to find out people available as caregivers. Here are some tips to find babysitters from the web, in your locality.
Free and paid subscription sites
Ample of websites help to contain listing of babysitters in your locality; some offer free services while some charge subscription fees to get you database of caregivers. So, first of all, differentiate between free and paid online child care giver websites. Free websites include online classified ad providing websites such as Craiglist, Kijiji etc.
Craiglist, one of the most widely sought after classified websites, follows â€˜de facto no-frills standardâ€™ to offer free listing of online classified ads. The site includes a separate category for childcare under the â€˜Communityâ€™ section. This section invites both parents and caregivers to post their requirements in details and see people meeting their expectations from these postings.
Kijiji offers free online classified ad database in US and Canada. The site includes caregivers for both children and elders. The major advantage of using these two free websites is that these sites cover many cities or provinces. However, database or postings at these sites are not verified and these sites do not assure the quality of services of babysitters or caregivers. Hence, you need to spend fair amount of time in seeking recommendations, referrals and in research before handover your children on a babysitter or nanny.
NannyFlower is another website that charges no fees on parents for their search of caregivers. The site offers more extensive database covering Canada, US, United Kingdom and Australia and caters to all searches related to nanny, babysitting, daycare searches etc. The database at NannyFlower contains essential information on caregivers including Name, Gender and age, location and contact information, expected rates, experience and education, availability etc. The internal messaging system of NannyFlower enables parents contact available prospective babysitters instantly from the site.
Paid babysitter websites
Paid websites charge some fees in the form of subscriptions which could be charged monthly, quarterly or yearly. The fees could be somewhere between $5 and $10 per month. These sites welcome both parents and caregivers to register at these sites. Before you use a site you should focus on parameters to check the worth of the website and these parameters should include amount of data these sites keep track of babysitters, services on offer, size of their databases.
Some of the subscription-based babysitter websites have been popular are Canadian Sitter.ca, Babysitters.com, SitterCity.com etc.
Canadian Sitter includes listings by city as well as lists students of colleges and universities available as babysitters and nannies.
Babysitters.com and SitterCity.com contain databases which compile more than 150,000 caregivers including babysitters available in United States. One of the unique features of these sites is access to features video monitoring options such as nannycam for parents to allow them monitor nannies while they are out. Another benefit of using paid service is thorough screening processes and research work these sites espouse on sitter profiles. Babysitters are reviewed by â€˜All Mom Editorial Teamâ€™ and sitters are also available on 7 day free trial.
If you can use local recommendations, you may use free sites and avoid subscription fees, or else, narrow down upon paid websites to expect experienced and trustworthy babysitters for your children.