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Hiring a babysitter for the first time

Hiring a babysitter for the first time can be stressful, so why not read our top tips to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

‘A godsend’ – my experience of the Sitters website, by Karen

Karen describes her experiences of using the Sitters website from the initial decision to try the service, to how 4 years later, it has transformed her life as a single-parent.

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. 

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.

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?

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.

How we choose the very best babysitters

As the UK’s biggest online babysitting service, Sitters only recruits child carers who can demonstrate a long-term commitment to childcare and babysitting.

How to Prepare your Children for a New Babysitter

Leaving children with a new babysitter can be stressful for parents and children. Read our comprehensive guide, written by our parents and babysitters, to make it an easy, simple process.

How parents are using Sitters.co.uk – we’re not just for Saturday nights!

Many of us turn to babysitters when we’re heading out for the evening, but savvy parents are increasingly using babysitting websites to give them extra flexibility at other times of day too.

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.

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.

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. 

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

How to become a babysitter

Babysitting can be a great way to earn some extra income, but there are several important steps to consider before you become a babysitter.

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.

Using a Babysitting Website for the First Time

Babysitting websites can provide a simple, stress-free solution to childcare challenges but understandably, many parents feel nervous about using a babysitting site for the first time. 

How to Find a Nanny

Our foolproof plan to help you in your search to find someone who’ll give Supernanny a run for her money. 

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?  

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?

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.

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 

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.

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. 

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