Katy Texas News
Posted December 15, 2010
With the approaching holiday season, invitations to holiday parties and social gatherings are on the rise leaving parents without trusted childcare in search of a babysitter.
SeekingSitters is a full service, on-demand babysitting referral service that can alleviate the added holiday stress of finding a reliable babysitter. SeekingSitters thoroughly screens all sitters and schedules them for its member families â€“ and oversees payment for families.Â The company has in-house licensed private investigators that handle all background investigations.
â€œAt SeekingSitters our goal is to help families find safe, reliable babysitting solutions so parents can enjoy an evening out with peace of mind that their children are under the care of a true childcare professional,â€ says Adrienne Kallweit, founder of SeekingSitters and Licensed Private Investigator.
SeekingSitters is currently accepting and reviewing applications for professional sitters for its families. All sitters are at least 18 years old, certified in CPR and First Aid with experience in child care. Sitters can also set their own schedules.
â€œThe holiday season is one of our busiest times, especially New Yearâ€™s Eve, so its important that we begin reviewing and screening new sitters now so we never have to turn parents away,â€ says Kallweit.
For parents looking for a childcare professional, Kallweit offers the following tips:
Take the interview seriously: First step is to conduct an in-person interview with the candidates. Make sure to ask questions about their experience, their reasoning for wanting to be a sitter, and even ask them how they would handle different scenarios with your children. You will also want to verify they have CPR and first aid certification.
In-depth background screening: Find a reputable background screening company that screens each applicantâ€™s personal character history, address history, criminal and civil records.
Verify multiple references: Check at least three childcare related references to make sure the applicant has the experience level that is needed.
SeekingSitters services hundreds of cities in 22 states.Â Local couples/parents own each SeekingSitters franchise, which provides the same services of finding & screening sitters, scheduling all babysitting jobs, and overseeing payments between members and sitters.