Sitly: The app that connects parents to babysitters in their neighbourhood

by Guest
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Would you love to hit the cinema with your other half? Or, perhaps, check out that new restaurant and enjoy some drinks together? 

Planning the perfect night out as a parent ca be tough when you don’t have someone to watch your kids. There’s an app that can help though; Sitly could be the answer.

This online platform connects parents and babysitters by matching them by proximity and particular needs. By using geolocation technology, parents can find a babysitter as close as a few hundred meters away from home.

The user-centered app was founded in 2009 in the Netherlands by a parent himself, when Jules van Bruggen was struggling to find childcare services for his own family. He decided to create an alternative solution that was both flexible and accessible.

Sitly is now active in 14 different countries with over 10 million registered users, becoming the fastest growing international platform connecting parents and babysitters. 

How does Sitly work?

Parents can download the app for free. Information about location, type of care (babysitter or childminder), and number of children is requested in order to customize the profile. In addition, the user is asked to select qualities that best describe their child. A brief introduction and profile photo can be included.

Preferences about the frequency, days of the week, period of the day, and expected rate need to be filled in. As well, additional services can be included such as: help with homework, groceries, cooking, driving children, and light house chores. 

Once the profile is set up, a list of matches will appear. Prospects can also be filtered through criteria such as maximum distance from home, availability, age, language and relevant experience. 

By offering parents a wide range of options, Sitly empowers them to find the care that best fits their family situation. Ultimately, parents negotiate their own terms and rates and choose the candidate that best suits their situation.

Photo by Vika Glitter.

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