When I was doing my own research at that time, I came across various online sitter services that have been sprouting on the internet and believe me, some of the sites I found did not impress me as being safe or that can be trusted. What about Sittercity.com? Let us take a closer look.
What is Sittercity?
Sittercity is the market leader in the online sitter space and is America’s largest and most trusted online resource for child care, pet care, eldercare, housesitting, housekeeping, and tutoring. To date, Sittercity serves more than half a million users in cities across the United States.
How does it work?
The service offers a great choice of potential babysitters for your kids via an easy-to-use website. The idea of a simple online resource for babysitters is highly appealing to all us parents and that is exactly what Sittercity aims to offer us. Once you sign up as a member you can easily access the database of available child care providers and post the details of the job you require.
From there, it is just a matter of waiting for the applications to come your way. Or, if you want to be more proactive with your search, you can screen and narrow down potential sitters to contact through the use of various screening filters that suit your family needs.
What about safety and security?
As parents, one of the most important criteria we have in mind is the safety of our child. Can we trust the babysitter with our little girl? Do we feel comfortable leaving our child with the babysitter alone in our house? Can the baby sitter take care of our child and at the same time be a mentor and sort of a role model? Since we are using an online service, are the baby sitters screened at all? Are they certified to be baby sitters? What about first aid … are they knowledgeable just in case an incident occurs and they need to be able to administer fist aid.
According to Sittercity, usually a babysitter would pay for their own background check so that they can have a profile complete with a background check. By having a background check on their profile, sitters usually have a better chance of getting a job since it makes it more convenient (and cheaper) for the hiring party. Remember, the background check is conducted by a third party, LexisNexis, so the sitter cannot in any way influence or tamper with the findings.
As a final piece of advice, if you decide to use Sittercity and end up finding a potential babysitter who you think might be perfect to take care of your kids, we suggest that you really spend time learning more about this person. Regardless of how and where you are looking for a babysitter, whether through friends or online, you are always bound to run into some risks. Sittercity has the tools to help you minimize the risks.