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Well, who knew. It turns out trying to hire a baby sitter is actually a pretty competitive space online. In the US, there are three big players:, (which recently raised $8m) and, which has raised $16m. But in the UK-based Findababysitter has been building buzz about its service and has now raised a further £220,000 for expansion outside of the UK into wider Europe. This brings their total funding to date to £480,000, all Angel so far.

The investors are the PHC Group, an investment group based in New Zealand which specialises in health tech and biotech. It’s also hired a new Marketing Director, Ben Ferrier who comes from Photobox. The CEO is Tom Harrow.

The site’s mission is to give the tools of a nanny agency to parents without the big fee (up to £3,000 in some cases).

How does it work? Parents search for a candidate by performing a search e.g. “a French speaking nanny with a drivers license who lives within 2 miles of my home”. They then decide who they want to interview. A lot of the candidates hold Criminal Records Bureau checks and add this info to their profiles, but it is up to the parents to check the references and their CRB file.

Next month the site launches a background check on applicants using Experion, consisting of two reference checks and an identity check. They say this will set them apart from competitors as this is the harder part of the service to achieve.

The question which obviously begs itself however is how does Findababysitter prevent itself from becoming a place for unsavoury types to pretend to be legitimate baby sitters?

Every candidate on the site has to be approved by a member of staff – that means screening photo, description, and email address, before going live. The same goes with parents placing jobs.

This solution is admirable but this potentially stops the site from really scaling, and the international laws governing this kind of thing could well be an issue.

  • svetlana

    We are seeing a strong growth in the childcare market (in the London area at least) and there is definitely room for ideas like this that sit somewhere between an Agency service and just posting out to a forum like Gumtree.

    From agency’s point of view, this may prove to be helpful as method if initially sourcing potential candidates to check and interview.

    From the parents’ point of view it is about how much risk are you happy taking on-board with your child-carer and how much time and money can you devote to reducing that risk. A service like this can be of great help especially to parents who prefer to do all the check themselves anyway, and where time is not an issue.

    On average, for a new requirement we process 18 CVs which includes a CRB check, identity check, and calling up at least 2 references (weeding out the fake ones!). From this we would do in-depth interview on 5 and then put forward 3 that we feel present the strongest match.

    Don’t forget that being responsible for someone else’s children even for the shortest period of time is a massive responsibility and the job is far more emotive than your typical office position. A tool like this may make it much easier for the parents, but does not necessarily give the all clear you may be seeking.


  • Childcare Center

    As a parent, it is critical to find the right baby sitter for your kids. It’s very important to do background check and very comments from other parents.

  • Child Home Daycare

    The child home day care sector in the US is very strong. There are more and more people using these local resources as opposed to going to the larger day care centers which are quite costly.

  • Michelle Watson is okay but has a much wider choice of childcare providers and seem to be a much larger company. I have always found to be excellent.

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