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We have awarded Sittercity our prestigious Gold Award in this category, having reviewed 25 US Babysitting Websites. Read our review below to find out why...
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For over a decade, Sittercity has been successfully bringing parents and sitters together throughout America. Sittercity has expanded in recent years and now offers a wide variety of care-giver services: babysitters, nannies, au pairs, pet care, senior care, tutors, and housekeepers. It’s a sort of one-stop-shop for help in the home.
With a large and carefully vetted membership of care-givers (over 2 million care-giver profiles and counting!), Sittercity.com offers top quality services at a very reasonable price. It is not surprising then that Sittercity was awarded top spot in our US Babysitting Websites category. So whether you’re looking for a sitter, or hoping to become one, Sittercity should probably be top of your shortlist.
The system they use is simple but effective: as a family looking for a carer you simply sign up, place an advert and wait for carers to contact you. Alternatively you can choose to browse through profiles, using the basic search parameters of “care required” and your zip code. You can also include keywords and specify the carer’s distance from your location. Thereafter you are able to see how many carers fit into various relevant sections, such as “carers with transport” or “carers who have had background checks”.
Sittercity has expanded in recent years and now offers a wide variety of care-giver services: babysitters, nannies, au pairs, pet care, senior care, tutors, and housekeepers.
There is also a filter which enables you to see all of the carers within your area who have 3, 4 or 5 star reviews. Sittercity's rating system is a really nice touch because it allows previous employers to rate each carer, giving you a good sense of how good they are at their jobs. All of these elements combined mean that it’s pretty easy to find a carer with the specifics you need.
In fact, Sittercity has one of the best safety protocols around. Members can run background checks on care-givers, using the most recent national databases (e.g. Lexis Nexus and Family Watchdog). In addition, all care-giver profiles undergo a third-party reviewing process to verify their identity.
Carers are able to create personal profile pages, which include their relevant experience, their location and skills. If they have a background check already then they can advertise this on a banner which appears over their profile picture, which is a quick and efficient way of letting families know that they have the all clear.
A great many of the carers (and you’ll be surprised at just how many results you get from a search – we had literally thousands!) have taken the time to build a comprehensive profile which lets you know all the most important information when it comes to taking care of your family or home.
Another feature worth noting is the “tips & tools” section of Sittercity. There you can access articles relevant to carers and families such as how to perform interviews or how to check the legitimacy of references. A rate calculator is also available to help you work out how much you should be earning or paying.
Sittercity has one of the best safety protocols around. Members can run background checks on care-givers, using the most recent national databases.
The “sitter cheat sheet” is also a very good idea because it reminds you of specific details that a carer might need to know such as how much TV a child is allowed to watch before bed, or whether they have any food likes/dislikes/allergies. It can often be the small details that go forgotten but that end up causing the most trouble!
Although not especially slick, the site is generally quite easy to navigate, with tabs and colorful photos on each page to take you where you want to go. After a few minutes browsing, you will find that Sittercity.com is very well stocked with willing carers, offers a variety of services and the packages are very reasonably priced.
Sittercity's reputation is strong and continues to grow, given its positive testimonials and success rates in matching care-givers with families from across the globe. You can’t go far wrong with our No. 1 ranking US Babysitting Website, so why not sign up for the free trial and see if you can find a carer or a job that suits you.
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