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We search online for the best places to eat or the cheapest holiday deals – so why should it be any different when you’re looking for a babysitter? Well, in a word (or two): it isn’t.
Beta site, UrbanSitter, lets you seek out a sitter that meets your specific needs (for example childcare experience or languages spoken), make a booking, and even pay online. It also connects with your existing Facebook network to help you find childcare recommendations from friends.
Afterwards, you can leave a review of your babysitter to help out your fellow parents. Pretty simple.
There’s even an app so you can manage the process via your phone; pretty much the only thing it won’t do is leave some chocolate biscuits for the babysitter or tell them what to do if the kids are playing up.
Techcrunch reports that UrbanSitter has raised $6million to fund further expansion. The service is widely available in the USA, and why wouldn’t it catch on elsewhere? After all, it’s no different from grabbing a number from a poster stapled to a telephone pole.
We don’t all have a willing teenager or doting Granny on tap, so using social media in this way could be another way for time-pressed parents to find the services they need.
What do you think, would you trust a childcare recommendation you’d received through social media? Would you need more safety guarantees? Is this a useful service for busy parents who need a little help?
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We are trying! Our site, (which is free) is a great way to coordinate with a trusted baby sitter, or au pair. You can figure out great ways to share events (either through invitations, or giving the sitter permission to see certain types of events on your calendar. We'd love for you to check us out.