Features and Benefits
We are the only Australian Babysitting site where all Parents - and all Babysitters, Nannies and Au Pairs - can register and use the service for free.
We estimate over a million babysitting sessions have started here, and its all supported by an award winning customer support team.
And there are many other features that set us apart from other Babysitting sites. Some of these are obvious, others become apparent over time.
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
We have re-imagined how a babysitting site should operate. We have leveraged the latest technology and security to create a site that is easy to use, fast and safe.
- FREE membership and use
- Web APP for members
- 5 star rating system
- ID verification
- Secure messaging
Using the latest PWA technology, you can simply save a button to your home screen to use Babysitters Now exactly as you would use a native APP. How good is that?
- Button on Home screen of your phone, tablet or desktop
- Stay logged in for fast and easy access
- Smooth, fast account management
- Amazing account tools
If you need to boost your profile at any time, to get more enquiries, we've got some great low-cost premium upgrades to help:
- ID Verification
- SMS credits: Allowing you to contact members by SMS (if they have allowed it).
- Premium listing: Profile pages and search listings have graphic elements to make them stand out, and additional features like "QuicKonnect" and photos on the profile page.
- Featured listing: Boosts your listing to the top of a locality search page.
MAKING LIFE A LITTLE BETTER
BABYSITTERS NOW uses a powerful blend of smart, solid engineering and empathic, pragmatic human-centred design to create a user experience that is safe, easy and effective.
There are never any third party Ads. Your personal data is completely confidential and you can communicate using our secure messaging system.
Some of the outstanding features and benefits are listed below.
The site is fast, powerful and easy to use. Everything from the site architecture and system design to the account management and messaging system employs the latest technology to create a fluid user experience for both Parents and Babysitters.
- WEB APP: We've leveraged the latest PWA technology to create a full App experience. Just save the button to the home screen of your device and use it like you would use a native App.
- USE ANY DEVICE: The site works beautifully on PCs, tablets and smart-phones.
- SEARCHING: Advanced search filters allow you to quickly find exactly what you want.
- MAPS: Advanced map search makes it even easier to find great matches.
- ALERTS: You can set an automatic alert for every new Babysitter or Job posting in your area.
- FAVOURITES: Create a list of favourite Babysitters, Nannies, Au Pairs, Parent's Help - or Job Ads - to help your decision making.
- MESSAGING SYSTEM: Contact other members securely and organise all of your conversations easily. Access all of your conversations from any device, anywhere.
- REVIEWS: Post reviews and respond to any that you receive.
- CONFIRM JOBS: You can confirm any Babysitting job that is completed (with confirmation from the other party). The number of confirmed jobs will help to build the quality of your profile.
- RESPONSE RATINGS: A member's response rating is generated automatically, giving you an immediate sense of how active and reponsive they are.
BABYSITTERS NOW has security built in from the ground up, both in terms of the technology and the way the site is designed. It is critical to us that we provide a safe environment for all of our registered members.
- TECHNOLOGY: We employ high levels of security to protect our members, including SSL account protection and benchmark server protection.
- MONITORING: We actively monitor the site 24/7/52.
- SECURE MESSAGING: Our messaging system means that you can contact and communicate with other members without providing your personal contact information until you are ready.
- AVATARS: Rather than use member's photos on the search listings, we have our ridiculously cute Koala Avatars (or Koalavatars). This helps to create a safe, non-threatening space for parents and carers to connect.
- PEER REVIEWS: We have a transparent review system that gives honest insight into a members history on the site.
- ID VERIFICATION: Members have the option to verify their ID. We use Trulioo, one of the world's leading international verification services.
- SECURE PRIVATE INFORMATION: The site automatically hides sensitive information like surnames, phone numbers and street addresses. We treat all personal data as completely confidential.
- EXPERIENCE: There are some security features that can only be imagined and developed after years of online experience. After more than a decade, we've got that experience and we leverage it in many ways to keep the site secure for our members.
BABYSITTERS NOW comes from the same family-run business behind Australia's most popular and trusted house-sitting site, Aussie House Sitters.
We are a family with children of our own, and have a fantastic, talented team behind us. We bring all of this and over a decade of online experience to this website.
- AWARD WINNING SUPPORT: Our support team has won many national awards for service excellence.
- EXPERIENCE: We have operated member-based directory websites for well over a decade.
- PERFORMANCE: Our technical team is amazing. Our sites have almost zero downtime, they are generally very fast and we get very low reporting of errors (which we fix immediately).
- CHILDREN: We have kids. We need babysitting too. We GET it!
INTUITION & INFORMATION
We understand that choosing a Babysitter for your children is FAR more than just a functional challenge. It is ALWAYS a combination of information and intuition - and we include features that allow both to play a role in the decision making.
- INFORMATION: The Babysitter profiles and Job Ads allow for a lot of information to be communicated. Parents want to know a lot about the person they are choosing to care for their kids, so we allow the Babysitters to provide that, and vice versa.
- INSIGHT: Babysitter profiles and Job Ads also allow for some character and personality to shine through.
- INTUITION: We believe that what is between the lines can be as important as the data itself, so we have created profiles and job ads that allow people room to express something more than just the basics.
You will find that we value honesty and openness, and make it a feature of the site.
- TRANSPARENT: All Babysitter Profiles and Job Ads can be viewed by anyone, making it much easier to know what's available before making the decision to join.
- NO OLD LISTINGS: We do not keep expired Job Ads or Babysitter Profiles to prop up our numbers as other some sites do.
While the site is powerful, safe and practical, it's also very human. Which is exactly what you need when searching for the PERFECT Babysitter, Nanny, Au Pair or Parent's Help.
Experience has shown us where we need to provide site features and where we need to let our members just do what humans do - communicate, analyse and make choices.
Yes, we contribute to the well-being of families around the country by offering a free and effective service. However, it is also a priority for us to contribute in other ways.
We provide generous support, every month, to three very special charities who both support and protect children who desperately need the help.
Unicef, Camp Quality and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation are doing extraordinary things for children in need, every hour of every day, and it is a privilege to be able to partner with them.
There are SO many reasons to get on board.
- Child carers will enjoy extra exposure (on the site and in internet searches) and benefit from fantastic online tools and smart application design.
- Parents get an easy, safe way to find amazing Babysitters and Nannies right across Australia.
And it's FREE to join, free to use and there are no commissions on payments.
Babysitting SHOULD be this easy, safe and fun.