Your childcare covered

With easy online booking, we can have a childcare professional at your door in as little as 90 minutes

Sitters' trusted, local network of babysitters are personally checked and picked by our family for your family

Enjoy peace of mind knowing your childcare is covered for less than £6 per month

Loved and trusted by families nationwide on millions of occasions since 1967

Is your back-up plan in place?

Breakdowns in childcare arrangements can be really stressful. We provide much-needed backup by delivering experienced childcare professionals to your door at short-notice. So you can get your day back on track, knowing your children are safely cared for.

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How it works


Register online

It’s free to register. Simply enter the postcode where you need childcare to browse sitter profiles and reviews.


Provide booking details

We’ll match your family’s needs with childcare professionals and let you know when your booking has been accepted.


Your sitter will be in touch

For peace of mind your sitter will contact you prior to every booking, giving you a chance to discuss your requirements.


Enjoy your freedom

Your sitter will ensure your children are safe and happy. Then simply pay them for their time at the end of the booking.

Childcare professionals

  • All Sitters childcarers have worked with children on a daily basis in professional childcare roles (such as childminders, nursery nurses, nannies, teachers, midwives, paediatric nurses and teaching assistants).
  • We offer the same exceptional standard of service for emergency childcare as we do to our regular babysitting placements, so you can rest assured your emergency sitter will be fully vetted and checked.
  • What's more, all our childcarers are fully-insured.
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Great value emergency childcare cover

We know that your children are priceless, but we feel that great childcare should be affordable for everyone.

Sitters membership costs less than £6 per month and hourly rates are per family - not per child.

There are no upfront costs and there's nothing to pay until after your first booking takes place.

Helping you last-minute

Here are just some of ways we can help with emergency childcare:

  • Trusted childcare cover when you need to go to work or work from home
  • Back-up cover when your usual plans fall through
  • Attend urgent appointments or meetings that you just can't miss
  • Childcare options when you need to support family or friends
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    Love that you can book last minute

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    Love that you can book last minute

    Every single sitter we've had over many years has been a big hit with my children. I love that you can book last minute, especially when I need emergency childcare, meaning I can go out to work when my normal plans have fallen through. I cannot recommend this service highly enough.

    Katie, Billie & Harpur, Dorset

    Professional childcare, whenever you need it

    Evening and overnight babysitting

    Cost effective daytime childcare ‐ you'll pay per family, not per child

    Emergency childcare within as little as 90 minutes

    Childcare on-the-go, in hotels and on holiday nationwide

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    3 year old Martha (and mum Anna) tell us why they loved their first Sitters experience

    Sitters childcarers love what they do

    "I have been working with Sitters for 17 years now and over that time I have met many lovely families. The Sitters service is professional, fast and reliable and I love the fact you can receive feedback from families. The application process is thorough so families can be assured their children will receive the best of care."

    Pauline S, Edinburgh

    "I've worked with children for over 30 years. Sitters is perfect for me, it gives me flexibility, the team are always available to help and the families are lovely."

    Susan P, London SE5

    "I've had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of wonderful children and their families through Sitters. I love engaging with children, getting down to their eye level and producing my bag of toys to help dilute any anxious feelings and give them something fun to focus on."

    Sarah C, Bournemouth, BH6

    'A lifeline for a single mum!'

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    'A lifeline for a single mum!'

    I have used Sitters for years. As a single parent, its an essential lifeline for me. The sitters I have had to date have been amazing. Definitely child orientated, friendly and most importantly I feel secure leaving my child with them. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

    Merrisha G, Walsall

    Childcare with confidence

    Sitters childcarers must have at least 2 years' recent, professional childcare experience

    Every sitter is carefully interviewed by one of our skilled recruitment team

    We undertake thorough background and identity checks

    Ratings and reviews are available online for you to read before you book

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    Danielle, Bailey and Delilah talk about how they found their first experience using Sitters

    Our go-to service for childcare

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    Our go-to service for childcare

    Always reliable, professional and secure. Any parent is naturally very worried about leaving their children with a complete stranger for a few hours, but in all our experiences with Sitters, our nerves have always been calmed as soon as their carers walk through the door. They are always our go-to service for childcare any day.

    The Boakye Family, Kent

    More reasons to love Sitters

    1. We're here
    to help

    Our dedicated team are all parents and are here to offer friendly, knowledgeable support

    2. Tailored

    We’ll match your family’s needs with childcare professionals

    3. No commitment

    There are no upfront costs and you can cancel your membership online at any time

    4. Sitters childcarers love their work

    The sitters you'll meet love working with children and you'll find they are quick to put you and your family at ease

    5. You're fully

    To give you additional peace of mind, all of our sitters are covered by £5m public liability insurance

    6. We offer great

    Sitters' childcare rates are per family, regardless of the number of children, giving you great value

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