How we choose the very best babysitters

How we choose the best babysitters

When it comes to choosing childcare, every parent takes the process seriously.

Whether you’ve trawled endlessly around nurseries, scrutinised preschool brochures or subjected potential childminders to mini interrogations ("now if you could just recite every verse of ‘Row, Row’ for me…") nothing is more important than knowing your little ones are in good hands. - We believe your little ones deserve the very best care. That's why our local network of babysitters are personally checked and picked by our family for your family - evening, daytime, emergency childcare or in hotels

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At, we recognise how vital it is that parents feel confident about childcare – because we’ve been there.

‘We’re all parents ourselves,’ says Steve, who leads the Sitters team. ‘We completely understand how important it is to thoroughly vet each candidate – and only the very best carers are accepted.’

Babysitter skills and qualifications

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

Potential sitters must have a minimum of two years’ recent childcare experience – and many have much more.

It’s just one of the reasons many parents go on to use the same Sitters' childcarers again and again.

After all, once you’ve found babysitters who know the ropes and can manage bedtimes like pros, the chances are you won’t let them get away…


Some registered sitters may have specialist childcare qualifications, but more importantly, they must be able to provide evidence of experience gained in a childcare setting or caring profession.

That means your babysitter might be an OFSTED registered childminder, qualified nanny, nursery nurse, primary school teacher, teaching assistant or even a paediatric nurse.

Whatever their background, you can be reassured that a member of the Sitters' team has done their homework to make sure they meet the right criteria.

The recruitment process

A Sitters babysitter needs to do much more than just look good on paper, however.

After all, the person we deliver to your door needs to be capable of managing every scenario that might arise, and an impressive CV isn’t going to cut the mustard if you can’t deal with sibling warfare, lost teddies or full-scale toddler tantrums.

Steve explains: ‘We ensure each applicant has the right experience and qualities to look after our Sitters' families, and we have an experienced team of recruitment professionals who look after each application from start to finish.’

The comprehensive recruitment process begins with a detailed application form, but also includes interviewing each candidate.

The team takes a personalised approach to recruitment, as Steve explains: ‘At the end of the day, we always consider if we would be happy leaving our own children with the potential babysitter.’

‘It’s a personal journey with our sitters, from the start of their application through to interview and beyond,’ adds Clair, Recruitment Executive. ‘We’re with them every step of the way.’

Babysitter background checks

Every babysitter who registers with Sitters must have exemplary references, which are cross-checked by the team. Potential sitters will also be asked to provide copies of all relevant paperwork, qualifications and identification documents.


Jayne, Sitters' Senior Recruitment Executive, explains: ‘We’re very thorough throughout the whole application process, to offer only the very best carers for our Sitters' parents and their families.’

And of course, Sitters doesn’t stop monitoring quality once a babysitter has been registered. The site proactively asks every parent for feedback about each carer, and all feedback is monitored to make sure every sitter continues to live up to our standards.

We believe your little ones deserve the very best care. That's why our local network of babysitters are personally checked and picked by our family for your family.
Find out more about the Sitters recruitment process here

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