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Do I Need to DBS Check (previously CRB) My Babysitter?

Have you got an approved babysitter? Have you ever wondered if you should DBS check your babysitter or how to do this?  

Top 11 Tips for Staying Sane This Silly Season

Chill out, grab a coffee and read our top 11 tips for surviving the family Christmas madness with your sanity intact. 

15 Christmas Crafts for Kids

It's that time of year when creativity flows and inspiration is everywhere. Nothing says Christmas like getting crafty with loved ones. We have 15 Christmas craft ideas for you and your kids.

How to Find a Childminder

Finding an approved and reputable childminder can be like gold dust. We help unveil the meaning, requirements, and how to find a childminder that meets your needs.

How to find a great Santa’s Grotto near me.

Kids love to see Santa, especially if he gives them a gift! But how do you find the best Santa’s Grotto near you. We share our top tips, ideas and resources.

14 Christmas Card Ideas Kids Can Make

Let your kids have fun and give the grandparents and aunties a keepsake or two by creating one of our Top 15 Christmas Card Ideas for Children.

Do You Know How Much to Pay a Babysitter?

When it comes to knowing how much to pay a babysitter you can be left in more of a tangle than attempting to wrestle a trio of bubble-bath covered toddlers against their will. How much is the ‘right’ amount?

The 14 Best Advent Calendars for Christmas 2018

As the excitement (and hopefully not stress) of Christmas creeps up on us, what better way for the kids to count down to the Big Day with an advent calendar like no other?

How to Find a Babysitter Near Me?

Leaving your kids whilst you go out, especially if it’s the first time, can seem daunting. However, don’t despair as Sitters can help you find a trusted babysitter near you. 

15 Christmas Decorations to Make with Children

Christmas is a time that allows kids to be creative, why not keep yourself and the kids entertained with our top 15 Christmas decorations to make.

15 Creative Cake Ideas For Boys

Stuck on ideas for your son's next birthday cake? Allow your creativity to flow with these 15 amazing cake ideas for boys, that will certainly bring a smile to his face.

Our Top 30 Toddler Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween may be a time of all things spooky and scary, but you just can’t beat the cuteness of a toddler in costume. Find our best toddler Halloween Costume ideas here. 

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Halloween parties are a highlight for kids in the dreary Autumn term, however there are risks associated. Find out how to keep your kids safe with this guide. 

How Can I Find an Emergency Babysitter?

Finding an emergency babysitter can be immensely stressful and worrying. We aim to take the stress out of the equation.

How to Improve Behaviour with a Kids Reward Chart

When it comes to keeping a check on your little one's behaviour, nothing ticks the boxes like a reward chart. Rewards can be a very handy parenting tool, and here are a few ways to get the best out of them

Which is the best Babysitting Website in the UK?

This article uncovers which is the best babysitting website in the UK by comparing the services they offer, the costs, and the ‘trust’ factor.

Should My Sitter Have a Babysitting Certification?

We always want the ultimate reassurance that we’re choosing to leave our children in good hands.  So, given the existence of babysitting certifications and qualifications, do you need to make sure your sitter has one?

Return to Work After Maternity Leave: How to Prepare

At some point, you’ll need to consider whether you will be returning to work after maternity leave – we have some great tips to help you. 

How to Keep Children Safe on the Internet

The online world provides our children with a global playground, and opportunities for socialising and learning outside of their own local bubble - but how can you be sure that you’re keeping them safe on the internet?

How to Help Children Like a Babysitter

There are some important steps you can take to help the child to feel comfortable with your babysitter. Find out here. 

How to Help Children When They Fall Out with Friends

It can be a terrible time for your little one if they fall out with their friends, how do you help them? Discover how to help children when they fall out with friends.

10 Most Popular Bedtime Stories for Kids

With 50 years' experience of reading magical bedtime stories to sleepy children, we've come to know which ones are the favourites.  Here's a list of our top 10 bedtime stories to keep children happy.

How to Help Kids Sleep Before the Babysitter Arrives

You don't have to put your children to bed before one of our babysitters arrive - but you may prefer to leave when they're already asleep. If so, our handy tips can help you get them off to the land of nod as quickly as possible.

The Top 14 Party Games for Kids

We’ve compiled a list of the best party games for kids – perfect to use at birthday parties. Discover them all here. 

When Should You First Leave Your Child With a Babysitter?

As new parents you're likely finding yourself caught between the opposing camps of 'desperate to go out' and 'don't want to leave baby'.  There's no right or wrong answer - but here's some wise advice.

Anxiety in Children: What You Need to Know

Anxiety impacts everyone at some-point, even children. We have prepared an extensive guide for parents, anxiety in children, what you need to know.

Top Tips for When Your Kids Start Primary School

Dropping your kids off for their first day of primary school can be daunting, but don’t panic. We’ve created a list of top tips to help make the day easier. 

Should You Let Your Babysitter Bring Her Boyfriend Over?

It’s an age old conundrum: knowing your kids are likely going to be asleep for most of the babysitter’s time should you let her have her boyfriend over? In Sitters opinion, the definitive answer is 'No' ... and here’s why.

Ways to Help Your Child Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Moving from primary to secondary school sees big fish in small ponds suddenly becoming the tiny ones again. Here's how to help them make the move.

22 Great Places to Take Kids This Summer to Keep Them Entertained

We have found 22 great place to take kids this Summer across the UK for a day out. Wherever you are located you should find somewhere not too far to visit.

What Are the Best Options for Parents Looking for Babysitters?

Parents sometimes need a helping hand, especially finding babysitters, discover what the best options are for parents looking for babysitters 

Can I trust my Babysitter?

Choosing a babysitter is a daunting task for any parent. Discover how to find a trust worthy babysitter here. 

Sitters Survey Reveals the Truth about a Child’s Smart Life

Sitters take an impartial look at how UK parents think the technology, especially tablets and smartphones, is affecting our children’s life. 

What Should You Expect From Your Babysitter

Babysitting can sometimes seem like a poorly-defined role. Everyone has their own ideas of what they should and shouldn’t do. See if you agree with ours.

What’s the Best Way to Find a Babysitter at Short Notice?

Sometimes you may find you need a babysitter at late notice, even with the best laid plans. Sitters have the answer to solving the last minute panic. 

Hiring a babysitter for the first time

Hiring a babysitter for the first time can be stressful however here are some top tips to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

How to find childcare services for weddings

Do you have an upcoming wedding, whether your own or as a guest, but unsure how it will play out with the little-ones? Sitters help you in your time of need and offer advice on how to find childcare services for weddings.

9 Top Tips for keeping Children Cool, Calm and Protected in the Sun

As temperatures soar we discover 9 ways to keep your cool with kids in the heat.

How to Find a Babysitter

Trusting someone else to take care of your kids is hard enough, and finding a worthy candidate just makes it harder.

Are You Paying the Going Rate for Babysitters?

With location, times, experience and a lot more factors coming in to play, it is sometimes difficult to know if you are paying the going rate for babysitters or not.

Queen and Duke to miss Prince Louis' christening

Prince Louis will have six godparents when he is christened at St James's Palace later today, Kensington Palace has revealed, but the Queen will not be in attendance.

25 Outdoor Toddler Activities This Summer

We’ve created a list of the top 25 fun activities for toddlers that are focused on the great outdoors for the summer months. 

How to Get Kids to Sleep in the warm Summer months

With the long light evenings and the hot temperature it can be real hard to get children to sleep in the Summer months. Check out our guide for more peaceful nights

Top 20 Baby Names in 2018

Looking to find which baby names are topping the UK charts? Here, we count down the most popular boys' names of 2018, with some surprising trends …

25 Things to Do With Babies at Home

From cookery play, to sensory activities and more. Discover 25 things to do with babies at home to keep you both entertained for hours.

Postnatal Depression: Ways to Make it Bearable

Postnatal depression is a very real concern with new parents. Discover all the information with our guide on postnatal depression and ways to make it bearable.

How to Manage Toddler Tantrums and Tips to Make Them Less Frequent

Raising children brings incredible love to your life, but also terrible tantrums. Learn how to manage toddler tantrums and how to make them less frequent.

20 Toddler DIY Cards and Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

If your little one loves the idea of crafting and creating the perfect Father’s day gift, then discover 20 toddler DIY cards and gift ideas for father's day.

The 15 Best Activities for Children to Help Them Learn Through Play

Play time is vital to a child's development, we have selected the 15 best activities for children to help them learn through play.

Help! I Need a Babysitter!

If you’re in a slight panic Sitters can provide you with a babysitter with as little as three hours’ notice ... find out how right here. 

A Guide to Toddler Development and How You Can Relish It

This guide takes a look at toddler development milestones, what you can expect, and more importantly how you can relish it.

How to include children at a wedding

Children at a wedding can be adorable yet unpredicatable.  Here's our guide to including young guests at a wedding and who to ask to keep them happy.

Hotel Babysitting Options When You’re on Holiday

Babysitting and childcare away from home can be difficult to organise. Find out what are your options are with Sitters. 

How to Overcome Separation Anxiety in Young Children

The ball and chain of parenthood can feel immensely overwhelming when separation anxiety strikes. So how do you overcome separation anxiety in young children?

Accepting help with a new baby

Not everyone has an abundance of help when a new baby arrives.  So how can we survive everything parenthood throws at us? Here are some tips to help you stay sane in those early days.

Last Minute Babysitter Booking?

When it comes to last minute childcare, you can find yourself in a bit of a conundrum. Find safe and verified babysitters last minute with Sitters. 

At What Age Should You Leave Your Child Alone at Home?

Parents find themselves facing a tricky conundrum when it comes to considering ‘how old can a child be left alone?’ Find out how to make a rational decision here.

What is the Difference Between a Childminder and a Babysitter?

There are several important differences between a childminder and a babysitter. We explain in detail what these are and which is best for your needs

Should You Post Pictures of Your Kids on Social Media?

At the end of the day, this is a divisive issue but teaching your children important lessons about posting images online is vital in this day and age. Find out more here.

20 New Experiences to Try This School Holiday

If you’re looking for new things to try with kids this school holiday then you’ve come to the right place. Put down the gadgets and discover some new experiences with these tips. 

How to Help Your Kids with Homework without Doing it for Them

There are a range of pros and cons for homework, but what is important is that you know how to offer the homework help that your child needs. Find out how with Sitters. 

15 Best DIY Bath Toys for Toddlers

Bath time isn’t simply a chance to get clean, but can be a place to play, unwind, change the mood, and even learn. Find the best DIY Bath toys for Toddlers here. 

What are the Best Small Pets for Children?

Many parents have never owned small pets before, or at least not since their own childhood, so what are the best small pets for kids?

How to Stop Siblings Fighting

Siblings can go from best buddies to arch enemies in the blink of an eye. Is siblings fighting just part for the course of parenting? Is there a way you can stop it?

The Importance of Dating Your Spouse Again When You Have Kids

Life with young children is exhausting and frantic (and often hugely pleasurable) but what is the importance of dating your spouse again when you have kids?

20 Best Things to Do in London with Kids

London is bursting with opportunities for kids to learn, have fun, and let off steam. Here are our best 20 things to do in London with the kids this half-term.

5 Ways to Teach Kids the Value of Money

We need to specifically teach children the value of money, and do so in age-appropriate ways. Discover the best ways here. 

15 of the Best Sleepover Games

If you’re looking for sleepover games which will elevate your sleepover to the downright awesome and memorable, we’ve got you covered.

15 Fun Winter Activities for Kids

If you’re ready to take winter on, and get outside whatever the weather, then here are our top 15 winter activities for kids.

Easy Cooking Ideas for Kids

Are you struggling to find healthy, quick and easy meals for you kids? Fear not, as we’ve compiled some of the best recipes for you. 

20 Great Indoor Games for Kids

If you’re stuck indoors on a rainy day, or looking for ways to entertain before bedtime we have compiled a list of the best indoor games for kids. Come and take a look.

Star Wars Themed Party Ideas for 2018

Are looking to plan the best Star Wars Themed Party? We take you through every element to ensure your Star Wars party is a direct hit.

How to Find a Babysitter for New Year’s Eve and the Going Rates

Demand for a New Year’s Eve babysitter is high. Find out how to get the best rates and ensure you aren’t let down this year with Sitters. 

Find the Best Indoor Activities for Kids Near Me

The weather outside can make the prospect of entertaining the kids daunting. Here are our best suggestions for indoor activities for kids near you.

Ideas for Hosting a Successful Pyjama Party or Sleepover

We have some hints, tips and ideas to ensure your kids pyjama party or sleepover goes with a bang. Visit Sitters now to view them all. 

Babysitting Children with Food Allergies and Intolerances

Babysitting children with food allergies and intolerances can be a scary thought, we analyse each case and advise on how to proceed.

Top Time Management Tips for Busy Mums

Being a productive superhero mum takes practice. Get your productivity juices flowing with Sitters 12 Top Time Management Tips for Busy Mums.

The Best Cooking Games for Kids

Why not take your children’s learning to the next level and learn in the kitchen. We have prepared the best cooking games for kids.

How to Interview a Babysitter?

Here at Sitters, we understand it can be scary leaving your child with a babysitter for the first time.  Put those worries aside & discover our advice on interviewing a babysitter. 

Top Toys for Christmas 2017

Like it or not, Christmas is around the corner.  It’s never too early to get a jump start on the coolest gifts for kids.  Here we discover the best selling toys from the top toy retailers.

What to Do With Kids on a Rainy Day

What to do with kids on a rainy day can be a tremendous task, with bundles of energy and never ending wriggles. We have detailed the top activities here.

15 Fun Cooking Activities for Kids

Get your kids in the kitchen and enjoy endless hours of delightful mess with our 15 Fun Cooking Activities for Kids. A wonderful family & sensory activity.

The Top Baby Names 2017

Just realeased - the most popular baby names 2017 - did your favourite make the list?

How to plan the perfect kids party

Planning the perfect party for kids can be a challenge. Whether it’s your first time entertaining or you're looking for some fresh ideas and top tips, we’re here to help.

How to Balance Work and Family Life

Sitters understand that every family is different, their needs are different. Know your rights and get the facts for how to balance work and family life

How Much Sleep Do Kids Really Need?

Bedtime routine is essential, yet over the summer bedtime routines can slip, uncover the truth and the requirements on how much sleep do kids really need.

What Are the Benefits of Pocket Money? And How Much Should You Give?

What are the benefits of pocket money? And how much to give? A decision all parents will face at one point, in-depth research on the benefits and negatives

Women Who Have Kids in Their 30s May Live Longer, Study says

Have you ever worried about the ticking of your biological clock or wondered if you should have had kids younger?

Top Tips for Preventing Summer Holiday Learning Loss

During the long summer holidays, months of effort & learning risk being diminished due to children simply forgetting the knowledge they have built up. Here we discover ways to prevent 'Summer Slide'

15 Fun Books for Boys to Read

Reading has the ability to ignite the imagination of any aged boy, whether spy, adventure or comedy themed. We have compiled 15 fun books for boys to read

What you need to know about Childhood Safety

Most accidents in childhood are preventable; here we discover what the risks are and what action should be taken. 

How to Get Your Kids In to the Primary School of Your Choice

Most parents will face this same worry, how to register for primary school. Follow our informative guidelines and put this fear to bed once and for all.

15 Best Educational Apps for Kids

Keep your kids distracted guilt free. We’ve uncovered 15 of the best educational apps for kids and children. Incorporate learning in to their play routine today.

The Top 15 Tasty Lunch Ideas for Toddlers

Lunch times with toddlers can feel like Groundhog Day, but fear not. Liven up your toddler’s lunch with this list of the top 15 lunch ideas for Toddlers. 

15 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas for Girls

Producing a cake that meets the birthday girl’s expectations can be achievable. Here are Sitters’ 15 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas for Girls to take out some of the hard work for you.

Finding the Right Childcare Agency

If you’re looking for a Childcare Agency then Sitters is the right place to find experienced, referenced child carers and babysitters. 

Kids and Babies First Aid Courses for Parents

Would you know what to do if your child had a serious accident in or around the home? Find out about First Aid Courses for Parents here. 

25 Unique Celebrity Baby Names

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own little one to be, or you simply want to know the low down on latest trends, celebrity baby names always make for good reading. Here is a selection of our favourites.

29 Amazing Face Painting Ideas for Kids

Don't worry that great face painting is only for fine artists. With good-quality face paints, a few brushes and sponges, you too can create face paints to wow, inspire, and amuse.

How to Organise a Toddler-Tastic Easter Egg Hunt

Make this Easter even more memorable for your toddlers with an Easter egg hunt. This is our guid to making 

19 Egg-citing Easter Egg Decoration Ideas

Kids love to decorate and design their own Easter Eggs. Get inspired from some of the most creative and cool eggs that we could find. Have a fun and Happy Easter!

The Best 15 Animated Movies to Watch with Your Children

At Sitters we’ve been on the children’s favourite film circuit a while, and here are the ones that we rate the Best 15 Animated Movies that both you and your children will enjoy, whatever their age or gender.

The Best Ways to Stop Children Being Afraid of the Dark

Whether it’s monsters under the bed, or the bogeyman at the window, small children have a propensity to have one major fear in common: the dark.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age is a game where the rules constantly change. How as a parent can you get it right when the goalposts are constantly changing?

9 Ways To Prepare Your Children For When The Clocks Go Forward

Not long now until the clocks are go forward because of daylight savings. Here's how to cope if you're worried it will affect your child's bedtime and sleep routine.

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