Help - For childcare providers
What is the minimum age to sign up as a babysitter?
Want to work as a babysitter? A minimum age requirement of 16 years old applies at Babysits. If you are under 18 years old, you must also ask for permission from your parents before you sign up on the platform.
How do I contact a parent?
If you want to apply for any babysitting jobs posted online on Babysits, you can contact a parent by going to their profile and clicking on the “contact” button. After clicking on contact, you can draft and send a message to the parent.
Please keep in mind that you need to have an active profile to be able to contact the parent.
How do parents contact me?
If your profile is complete and active, parents will be able to contact you by sending you a message through our messaging system! We'll send you a notification whenever you receive a new message.
You can go to your Babysits inbox to reply directly.
How much do I get paid to babysit?
It’s up to you!
Childcare providers set their own hourly rates for babysitting, based on the minimum wage, their qualifications, skills and experience.
You can indicate your average hourly babysitting rate for one child on your profile. When editing your profile you can also see the average rate that other babysitters have asked for, to get an idea of what is common.
How much you get paid may vary depending on the amount of children you babysit, the duties required and the location of the babysitting job.
In the end, it’s up to you to negotiate hourly rates with the parent.
How do I get paid for jobs?
It is up to you to make agreements about the payment with the parent. The parent can pay you in cash, transfer the money to your bank account or pay you through our website.
We do highly recommend using our Booking system. Through Bookings you can safely and easily plan the babysitting appointment and you can be sure that the parent pays you after you’ve babysat.
Keep in mind that when using Babysits Bookings a service fee to the platform applies.
What do I do if I had a negative experience with a parent from Babysits?
Did you have a negative experience with a parent? We're sorry to hear this.
If you have contacted the parent through the Babysits messaging system, you can leave a review about the parent and/or even block the parent. In any case, we ask you to report the parent to customer service, via the parent’s profile page. Babysits will then be notified of these reports and will take any action that may be necessary.
Why isn’t a parent responding to my message? How do I get them to respond?
Are you having trouble getting responses from parents? We're sorry to hear this.
Unfortunately some parents may not always respond to messages. This however differs from user to user.
We regularly send reminder notifications and emails to parents and hide inactive profiles on our search page. This is how we try to prevent these kinds of situations.
Here are some reasons why parents may not respond and what you could do about it;
- As you may know, parents need a premium account to be able to contact childcare providers.
- Parents' profiles show their last activity and their average response time. We recommend that you reach out to parents who have been active recently to increase your chances of getting a response.
- Parents are always looking for childcare providers with the most detailed profile descriptions, including relevant experiences such as previous babysitting work. Try keeping your profile updated and professional looking.
Do I need to arrange a contract for working as a babysitter or childcare provider?
In some jurisdictions, it is legally mandatory to arrange a contract. Because of this and to make the babysitting experience smoother for both parties, we suggest filling out and going through our intake form.