The internet can be intimidating. With so many services that allow us to do everything from booking a flight to hiring a handyman, it’s hard to know who to trust. And when it comes to finding someone to care for your children, trust is a must. While families have traditionally found sitters in the neighborhood or through a friend, more and more parents are turning to the internet to find child care. While this may feel new and maybe even uncomfortable to some, there are lots of perks to finding a sitter online. Here’s why you should be using technology when it comes to child care:
1. Technology is the future.
With online shopping on the rise and Uber becoming a well-known verb, we hold our entire lives in the palm of our hand. On-demand technology is becoming universal, and research shows that spending on time-saving services even makes us happier human beings. Child care technology not only makes it easier to find the right sitter for your family, but it gives you the time and freedom to do more of what makes you happy.
2. More choices mean better matches.
In the past, you may have relied on sitter recommendations from friends or family. While it’s great to have a strong personal network, finding a sitter offline doesn’t always meet your family’s specific needs. A sitter that worked well for one family might not be the right match for your own (even if they’re a great person who gets along with your kids!)
When it comes to child care, endless factors come into play, like family schedule, sitter availability, expected hourly rates and special needs. Using a platform like Sittercity helps narrow your search to find someone who meets your family’s unique set of must-haves.
An average of 2,200 new sitters join Sittercity every month, so there’s a huge pool of caregivers to choose from. Our search filters allow you to find someone with the right schedule, hourly rates and experience for your family. More choices and smarter matches mean better connections for you and your family.
3. Hire with confidence.
As a former sitter, I know that safety is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to meeting people online. Platforms like Sittercity offer all the tools you need to decide who’s right for your family. Features like ratings and reviews, personal references, and detailed background checks make it easy to screen potential candidates. And preventative measures like identity verification, Family Watchdog screens, and profile and message monitoring help us make sure our families and sitters are safe.
To learn more, visit our trust and safety center.
4. Make informed decisions with ratings and reviews.
I never buy a product without reading its ratings and reviews first. Reviews help you make sure you’re getting exactly what you want, and that shouldn’t change when it comes to child care for your family. Save some time on reference checks by reading what other families have to say about sitters in the ratings and reviews section on their profile.
5. Manage ongoing sitter relationships online.
It’s not just about finding the right match for your family. Once you’ve hired the perfect sitter, there’s still a lot of hassle when it comes to managing schedules, payment and ongoing communication. Platforms like Sittercity make it easy to continue your family’s relationship with your sitter even after you’ve hired them.
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