The end of the school year is a cause for celebration for millions of children around the nation. However, for their parents, it poses a serious question: Who is going to watch over my children for the next three months? But for military families with children, this time of year presents additional challenges. Not only may a military family have just one parent at home during a deployment, but one in three military families will also have to move between May 15th and September 30th. To help families navigate the unique challenges of military life, the Department of Defense has paid for memberships to Sittercity for Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force families including, active duty, Reserve, and Guard (www.sittercity.com/dod).
Sittercity, the nation’s most trusted online source for nannies and babysitters, offers the following tips to find the perfect summer sitter:
Tip One: Start Early –This will allow adequate time to identify and screen new candidates, check references and review background checks. Remember that most of the parents in your children’s school will also be looking for summer sitters, so starting early gives you a leg up on the competition.
Tip Two: Keep the Kids Learning – Summer vacation can be fun, but you can also use this time to continue to teach your children. At Sittercity, approximately a quarter of the caregivers are teachers or have an educational background and this increases to almost one third in the summer months.
Tip Three: Write Down the Details – Write down all the events your children are signed up for this summer: camp, summer school, arts and crafts classes, play dates, etc., so your sitter has all the details. If your kids would like to have friends over or want to go to a friend’s house, make sure to write down who they can visit, their contact information, addresses and details, so your sitter has them at hand.
With Sittercity, parents have full access to hundreds — even thousands — of experienced caregivers in every city across the nation, all with detailed profiles that feature their experience, background checks, references, reviews and photos. Parents can either search for the perfect sitter using a wide range of caregiver criteria or post a job so the most qualified caregivers come directly to them. Families can even find military spouse caregivers through the program.
“I went through Sittercity to find someone to watch our, then, two-year-old while the movers were moving things into our new house last year during our PCS,” said Rosella McCallister. “It made the move so much easier as we know absolutely no one in our new area to help. I had the same girl over to watch him several more times after that. I was so glad to have Sittercity to fall back on.”
In addition to providing parents with access to America’s best caregivers, Sittercity offers tools to make it easy for parents to pick out that perfect sitter. From its four-step screening process (which includes reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews, checking references and reviewing background checks) to its interactive Babysitter Rate Calculator (www.sittercity.com/rates), Sittercity.com takes all the guesswork out of hiring a sitter.
Sittercity is excited to also be sharing their latest updates and information on MilitaryOneClick:
To activate their paid membership, military families can go to www.sittercity.com/dod