MNHQ here - babysitting apps and websites(19 Posts)
We’ve had a press request from a broadsheet about babysitting apps and websites which do not vet the claims made by babysitters on their websites, including claims about experience or qualifications. So we’d like to know what you think about this - whose responsibility should it be to check on such claims? Have you ever used a babysitting app or website?
Are we using the term ‘babysitter’ to indeed mean a babysitter, or a catch all term to (incorrectly) include childminders and nannies?
I've used sitters.co.uk
I felt secure that the babysitters' previous numbers of jobs for the company were shown on the site together with what I hope were true reviews
Yes used one, can’t remember which. Appeared to have loads of potential people in my area but think at least some of the profiles were inactive - messaged a few and got no replies. This was about three years ago.
Sitters.co.uk only has reviews from parents, not the sitters themselves - so I don’t see how this would be a problem.
TBH I’m not too concerned about qualifications on paper, if they’ve been doing a good job and have lots of positive reviews that satisfies me, and I then use my own judgement when they come to my house and we meet for the first time. Worth noting I’ve never had a dud yet (except one who wore v pongy perfume)
From the other side of this, I am on childcare.co.uk as a babysitter. I have always brought my dbs certificate, paediatric first aid certificate, Level 3 and my degree certificate for parents to see.
I had one parent once who, when I offered to bring along all my certificates for her to see, she declined and said no it's fine. She didn't want to meet me beforehand and was happy for me to turn up and look after her child who happened to have some very complex and very specific additional needs.
I didn't end up babysitting for her because it all felt so wrong. What parent wouldn't want to check I'm legit!?
I've never managed to find a babysitter on the sites, most are years out of date (inactive) and the sites always require money for you to contact the sitters. I've found getting a sitter easier by using a nanny agency.
Qualifications wise; dbs and first aid I ask to see the certificates irrespective of whether the company/the website says they have them. Because that is my responsibility.
I think Sitters are more of an agency, so they should be checking qualifications, doing dbs checks.
Sites like childcare. co.uk are just providing the introduction, like Gumtree or Facebook - totally up to the employer to then do checks and references.
I wouldn’t dream of using one of these to find someone to babysit for me
I’m horrified that parents will leave their kids with so little checking or getting to know someone properly. I’d have been terrified as a child if my mum had left me with a stranger.
I have used Sitters in the past when DD younger.All staff have been good, but DD not much of a challenge! As a company think they were in around pre-internet.
I think it’s parents responsibility at the end of the day but the app people should investigate claims by parents straight away and blacklist babysitters if they’re using wrong claims.
I would never trust an online system to provide babysitters. I trust my parents, parents in law and one or two close friends.
I would not touch them with a barge pole. I would only use a babysitting service with a clear and reliable vetting process.
I would, in any case, prefer to employ someone I know, or who has been recommended to me by a friend. Personal knowledge and gut feelings by far over-rule a stranger's documentation.
I’m a single mum. Ex lives miles away and unable to offer any childcare midweek. I currently work 4 days but 2 of these are from home so my kids only go to childminders 2 day’s and it’s all pretty easy.
A great job had come up. Would mean more money and a chance to get back into my career which has taken a step back when kids were little. They are now 8&11.
The only down side is it states that travel including overnights would be expected on average twice a month. I don’t have relatives near who can help out.
My question is what childcare options would cover this? How would I find someone if it’s not a regular requirement- more as and when needed? Any advise would be much appreciated.
@happyinthehaze you need to start a separate thread
Happyinthehaze, you are best starting a new message thread as this particular discussion is a thread by MNHQ for feedback about Babysitting Apps & Websites. Start a new thread in Childcare Options.
To answer your question, overnight care is very hard to find. Some childminders will offer it, so ask your existing childminder. Some nannies and babysitters will do overnight. The problem is often the timing of the following morning, as many people have a daytime job to get to so may be able to do till 7am but might not be able to do much later than that. The various babysitting apps and websites might be a way to find someone.
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This thread is very interesting to see so many views. It is good to see that a lot of parents take it serious when choosing their babysitters, however I would be careful with some apps and agencies as they state that they are vetting their sitters however for many this only happens at the point of their application and they are never re-checked!! That means some babysitters have been working for agencies such as Sitters.co.uk without any further police checks at all.
The other thing to be careful of is some agencies do no face to face interviews at all. If you are looking for an agency to complete the checks for you before booking a babysitter please check how they interview and ensure they complete reviews of police checks and other qualification not just feedback. A good agency will have this information clearly displayed on their website without the need for you to ask for this.
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