Less than 1 in 10 of babysitters who approach KidSitter for babysitting work are accepted. Babysitters have to pass our 5 step vetting process. Most of our babysitters are childminders, nannies, nurses, teachers or university students.
A DBS check is used to determine whether someone has a history of any criminal behaviour. If they do, it would show up on the DBS certificate. We don't consider anyone who does not have a clean DBS certificate, clear of any criminal record. Learn more about DBS checks.
The proof of identification must be a government issued photo identity card, drivers license or a passport and must not be expired.
We collect bank details along with proof of address from each of our babysitters.
These two references must be references from parents who babysitters have worked for. We call each of the references and reject any applicant if even a single reference is merely average.
It is very important for babysitters to be on time, ready and relaxed, so they can provide the care your child needs. We look for these and other signs during the interview process to make sure we would be comfortable leaving our own children with them.
KidSitter has hundreds of qualified and experienced childcare professionals in Greater London, available to babysit for you any time you need. We have babysitters who have experience with new borns, twins and special needs. In addition, most of our babysitters are bilingual, with English, Spanish, Italian and French being the most common languages within our network. KidSitter babysitters fall into the following categories of child care:
Nannies are fully invested in a child's development and well-being. A nanny will care for children full-time in your home while both parents work. Responsibilities of a nanny includes creating daily schedules, engaging in activities with the child, preparing meals, helping with household work (dishes, laundry, etc.), driving the children to and from activities and assisting with homework. Live-out nannies often look for babysitting work in the evenings and weekends, or in between jobs.
Childminders are Ofsted registered child care providers who will care for your child in their home. Many childminders are parents themselves and also look after their own children. They tend to work long days to accommodate working parents, but they do have some availability to babysit in your home in evenings and weekends.
Nurseries generally employ their staff to mind and monitor children on their premises for 20-30 hours per week. Everyone who works in a nursery has to be trained in childcare and is very well versed in caring for many children at the same time. Since nursery staff aren't always full time, they have availability during the day, a few days a week to babysit in your home.
Teachers are natural at handling children of different ages, backgrounds and temperaments. They often have experience with special needs and can engage in learning activities with children. Teachers have shorter work hours, and therefore are available to provide childcare outside of teaching hours.
People who are often in university, studying to be nurses, medical doctors, surgeons, nutritionists, paediatricians etc., are often available to provide childcare in the evenings or weekends, or on their days off. Their professional training and education prepares them for providing quality care, and they make excellent babysitters.
Over 95% of all KidSitter reviews are either 4 or 5 stars. Below are the ten most recent reviews received:
"Sarah has been really great, punctual, professional, caring and our son bonded really well and quickly with her, we would definitely want her to come back!"
"Hana is so great. We felt so comfortable leaving our baby with her!"
"Sara was a brilliant babysitter for our 8 month old baby. She sat for him on the hottest night of the year and went out of her way to make sure he was as comfortable as he could be. She was warm and friendly and I'd have no hesitation in recommending her to other parents."
"Rianne was very punctual, courteous and helpful to me. With the baby she was patient and imaginative, ready to change activities whenever baby was restless and very focused on her, talking to her and watching and interpreting her cues appropriately. Eventually my baby fell asleep on Rianne 's shoulder, a sign that she was comfortable with her. Baby was also smiling and giggling at Rianne when she talked to her, and this was within five minutes of being picked up by Rianne for the first time."
"Simona was great! She was so easy and my very shy daughter quickly warmed up to her! I would definitely hire her again! Thanks Simona!"
"My son was initially a bit upset about the prospect of me me leaving, but Chloe managed to get him engaged playing with her, so that he happily said goodbye to me. They seemed to have had a lovely time while I was out, and I wouldn't hesitate to use her again. She seems very natural with children and obviously has plenty of experience."
"Laura helped look after my 9-month-old when our nanny called in sick last minute. She was really good with my son - really tried to engage with him and was such a warm, lovely lady. Hope to see Laura again soon!"
"Madalina was great with our 7 month old baby. He enjoyed his time with her. I would definitely recommend her and would use again. "
"Thanks for looking after our 1yo! Felt safe and happy to leave our babe with Federica. Thanks"
"Susannah was great and the kids loved her. She turned up early and met the kids before they went to bed, which helped ease my mind as my youngest can sometimes be funny around people she doesn't really know. I felt very reassured leaving my children in Susannah's care."