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inamaymaybewrong Sat 11-Jul-15 15:26:42

I really need to find a reliable, experienced and ideally qualified babysitter for occasional
evenings for my husband and I to have a night out. One side of our family are 4 hrs drive away and the side that are geographically closer are elderly and quite unwell at present so we can't rely on them unfortunately.

My son is nearly 3 and goes to
nursery part-time. I've asked about staff there doing occasional evening babysitting, but with no success.

We are only moved here 3 years ago and don't know lots and lots of people (because socialising is tricky with few childcare options..,) and while we have a reasonable NCT group, most now have 2 or 3 kids including newborns so babysitting swaps wouldn't be easy to arrange even if others were interested.

He's pretty confident and sociable and not really clingy but he still needs us to stay with him until he's asleep so not sure how that would work with non-family babysitters and also unsure how he and we would feel about a 'stranger', babysitting, even if qualified etc.

And then there's the cost... More expensive if you use someone qualified and through an agency. Not sure it's even worth it or affordable?

answersonapostcardplease Sat 11-Jul-15 15:28:59

I use sitters. No more expensive than a teenage, all have refrences/quals or workwith children.

ObeseDenise Sat 11-Jul-15 15:32:07

I have no advice bit will watch with interest as we have zero family nearby, haven't had a night out in years and I've been considering sitters.co.uk before I lose my mind.

answersonapostcardplease Sat 11-Jul-15 15:33:32

Also with sitters you can ask for your prefered sitter, we normally get the same one.

GingerDoodle Sat 11-Jul-15 17:51:56

We found a local lass via gumtree and have used her since the mini was tiny (she's almost 3). She was doing a childcare course and the mini likes her which is a godsend!

inamaymaybewrong Sat 11-Jul-15 23:27:17

Thanks! I've heard of sitters.co.uk but hadn't heard great reports about them before now to be honest. Maybe I should reconsider though.

I wouldn't trust myself to choose someone via Gumtree either.

I'm such a worrier!

Went with a nursery for DS over a childminder when we were initially choosing childcare as I couldn't get comfortable with leaving my son in the care of one adult all day. I'm just so risk averse... I'm doomed to not have a regular night out with DH before DS has left home! wink

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