Articles

BABYSITTERS NOW aims to make the whole process of organising child care easier, safer and faster. These articles offer some help.

Everyone from Parents to Babysitters, Mother's Help, Au Pairs and Nannies should find something here, and we'll be adding to this library of resources as we go.

Reply Ratings: Count the dots

You may be wondering about those five little dots that have suddenly appeared on all the babysitter profiles and job ads - that's our new Reply Rating. This simply rates our members for their responsiveness to first contact messages, with five dots being a full score. A dot is removed for every ... more...

Endorsements for good Koalas

There are many times you will want to say "This babysitter is just fantastic!" or "This family is awesome!". So we've added a shiny new feature - "Endorsements". Actually, this feature is an overhaul of the “Reviews” feature that we’ve had ... more...

Finding a great Babysitter

As a parent you want to be sure you’re hiring the right person to take care of your children. BABYSITTERS NOW is designed to make the whole process much easier, safer and more effective, both from a practical point of view, but also from a “human” perspective. Choosing someone to ... more...

Nanny or Au Pair - Which is best for me?

Au Pairs are very popular in Europe, but are only slowly being introduced to Australian families. Nannies, on the other hand, are far more familiar. Both, however, can perform significant amounts of childcare for a family, and often become very closely integrated with the family. So which one ... more...

Babysitting Check-list for Parents

Make it as easy and safe as possible for your babysitter to look after your children. A good briefing and a simple list of important information will make all the difference, allowing your babysitter to get up to speed as quickly as possible. The Routine: Be clear what the routine is ... more...

First Aid for Babysitters

Taking care of children is a huge responsibility, and having some First Aid training will help to make you far more prepared in the case of an emergency. It’s far too late when you’ve got a crisis on your hands. There are many first aid and safety course available, from very short ... more...

Online safety tips for Babysitting

Our aim at BABYSITTERS NOW is to provide a safe and enjoyable meeting place where parents can find a Babysitter, Mother’s Help, Nanny or Au Pair that is ideally suited to the individual needs of their family. The welfare and safety of all our members is extremely important to us, so ... more...