Best Websites to Find Childcare Online

Best Websites to Find Childcare Online

March 29, 2019

Best Websites to Find Childcare Online

Best Websites to Find Childcare Online
Best Websites to Find Childcare Online

Need a babysitter or nanny? Whether you’re looking for help with a newborn (even overnights!), full-time childcare services or someone to give grandma some time off, searching online makes a lot of sense. There are multiple websites that make it easy for you to connect with caregivers and streamline the hiring process.

You can quickly review candidates’ experience before you invest time in interviewing or introducing someone to your child. But, you should know that most sites don’t automatically perform background checks on providers, although many offer to do it for an additional fee.

Also, most of the sites offer a range of childcare services from caregivers who are available for occasional use to long-term nannies or even last-minute bookings (because you could really use a date night!).

Choosing the right sitter or nanny for you

A sitter or nanny you trust gives you peace of mind when you’re not there. You know your little one is safe, happy and well-cared for, so you can go about your business, whether that’s enjoying a date night with your SO, running errands or going to work.

As you search for a childcare provider, consider the following:

  • Make sure caregivers have experience working with children your child’s age. For example, if you have a newborn, look for a newborn specialist or a caregiver who can provide references for parents whose newborns they’ve watched.
  • If your child has special needs, only look for caregivers who have experience in that area.
  • Read reviews, call references and run a background check on caregivers. If the caregiver will be driving your child around, you can check driving records too.
  • Interview caregivers in person or over the phone.
  • Introduce final candidates to your child and assess the interaction.
  • Double check that the sitter or nanny is willing to do the things you need, such as care for a sick child, cook meals or perform light housekeeping.

Although the process of finding a caregiver can be a hassle, it’s worth going through all the steps to find someone truly great.

Take a look at what these top caregiving sites have to offer:

Care.com: Huge Marketplace

Care.com has an enormous pool of caregivers—11 million across the globe—which makes it more likely you’ll find good candidates near you. The site brings caregivers and families together for childcare, senior care, pet care and housekeeping. Browse their database of sitters, sorting by your preference for a babysitter, nanny, childcare center, family daycare or after-school care. Or, post a job and see who responds. Full caregiver profiles include star ratings and reviews as well as what a caregiver is willing to help out with. And you can run background checks for an additional fee.

Pros: The search function on Care.com lets you exclude teen providers and also screen for sitters willing to care for sick kids, which may be important if you’re working (young children catch five to seven colds a year).

Cons: Sifting through the number of responses you get to job postings can be overwhelming. Also, you’ll need to be diligent about canceling your subscription before it auto-renews, otherwise it could be tricky getting a refund.

Pricing: $39 for one month, $26/month for three months and $13/month for a year

UrbanSitter: Word-of-Mouth Network

UrbanSitter: Entirely focused on childcare, UrbanSitter lets you see how people in your community feel about nearby sitters and nannies. You choose local parent groups, churches, schools and other types of local organization—as well as people you know on Facebook—to see which caregivers are most popular among other parents in that group. All sitters are vetted to make sure identities are real, and their profiles are manually reviewed by a member of the UrbanSitter team. Some sitters have already completed background checks and a badge will indicate this on their profile page. But you can always request a background check on other sitters for an additional fee. UrbanSitter is in 60 cities nationwide and has more than 150,000 caregivers.

Pros: You can see how many families have repeated using a caregiver as well as parents you might know who’ve used sitters you’re considering. And, paying for childcare services online is an option.

Cons: UrbanSitter doesn’t have as many caregivers as other sites, but it’s worth checking out to see if they cover your community.

Pricing: $34.95 for one month access to site/app; $19.95 for a monthly membership; $99.95 for an annual membership.

Sittercity: Easy to Use

Sittercity: Sittercity has more than six million babysitters and nannies across the nation and is in 95 percent of U.S. neighborhoods. Like Care.com, you can post a job and review candidates who reply or browse caregiver profiles, with the option to run background checks. But what makes Sittercity different is its intuitive design that makes posting a job or finding someone who is perfect for your family fast and easy.

Pros: Posting a job and sifting through candidates is a breeze thanks to their super-clean website design that walks you through all the steps. Profile pages are easy-to-skim and caregiver badges quickly indicate credentials like first aid, CPR and other training.

Cons: There’s no option to pay for childcare services online like there is with UrbanSitter.

Pricing: $35 for one month, $70 for three months, $140 for a year.

AuPairCare: Care Plus Culture

AuPairCare: If live-in childcare to cover all your needs sounds ideal, check out AuPairCare. They’re an agency that matches American families with international nannies, or au pairs. Au pairs speak conversational English, work up to 45 hours a week (up to 10 hours a day) and live with you for a year. Through AuPairCare, all au pairs received training in CPR, first aid and child development upon arrival in the U.S. Some even have specialized training in infant care (think: infant massage, baby sign language and infant CPR).

Pros: Besides getting flexible, in-home childcare, an au pair also introduces your little one to a different language and culture.

Cons: In addition to agency fees and a weekly payment to your au pair, you’ll also have to provide food and a private room with an adult-size bed. And, plan ahead—it takes around six weeks to get an au pair.

Pricing: $18,508 for a year.


Finding childcare for your little one can be a stressful experience, no matter if you’re looking for an occasional babysitter or full-time care. These online services can help you narrow down your search and find someone you and your child love.

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