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Sittercity: Find a Babysitter Online
Sittercity is a popular web site for finding a babysitter. The site was founded by Genevieve Thiers, who worked her way through Boston College babysitting for over 30 families, after she witnessed a very pregnant woman wearily posting flyers for a babysitting job. Determined to create a better way for parents to find a good babysitter, Theirs built Sittercity.
Sittercity guides parents through a multiple-step screening process to acquire good babysitters. First, parents enter their ZIP code and what kind of services they're looking for (babysitting or nannying). The site then provides a list of prospective babysitters. Among the information in the profile are reviews and ratings on the prospective caregiver's profile. Contact information is also provided for Sittercity members.
Parents are required to vet all sitters, and the site encourages an in-person interview with the caregiver, reference check and background check. Sittercity does not screen its caregivers.
Since 2001, Sittercity has grown considerably. Babysitters and parents nationwide are now meeting on the site. Additionally, dogsitters, tutors, house cleaners and senior care providers can be found through Sittercity.
Users must pay to join Sittercity depending on how long you want to access the web site. Parents are given a free one-week trial, allowing you to test out the site's offerings. Memberships include unlimited access to the caregiver database and their comprehensive profiles, unrestricted access to posting jobs, customer service and free background checks.
Sittercity also provides an online rate calculator for members and non-members alike so that you can estimate an appropriate amount depending on her age, education and childcare experience. Content libraries provide tips on hiring caregivers, weekly blogs featuring news and trends and a monthly newsletter with exclusive offers and discounts.
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