Has anyone used care.com?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My sister has and found 4 sitters throughout the two years she’s had kids that she absolutely loves and trusts. I’ve heard a ton of success stories, and would try care.com, who does a great job of vetting candidates from what I hear, over most other sites. 

Post # 4
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a tutoring profile on that site, and find it very difficult to navigate unless I pay for things.  For example, people can see my profile, and I can see that they have sent me a message, but I cannot read it or respond to it without paying.  I signed up because it was advertised as a free service.  So, if you’re willing to pay, go ahead.  If you’re not…I’d go another route.  Good luck.

Post # 5
4961 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@caribbean_lover:  I used it to find my dog walker!

And the teacher I share my room with at school has used it and found a babysitter for her kids through it.

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a nanny currently and have found 2 nannying jobs and countless babysitting jobs through care.com! You’re right that there are a lot of people on there and I think you just have to set up interviews with how ever many you think would fit and weed out all the crazies!! The family I work for now said they had 98 applicants the day after putting their job up! She interviewed maybe 20-30 and now I have been working for them for 3 years. It’s definitely a good website to use but it does take some time and effort to find somebody you like and trust.

Post # 7
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@peachacid:  +1

It pissed me off because I tried to use it to find a petsitter, but you need to pay $40+ to even contact people or read your own messages…  If you’d use it a lot, it’s probably worth it.  It just annoyed me.

Post # 8
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@caribbean_lover:  I used care.com to find work when I was nannying while in school. I know as the other person in the mix you’re screened very well. I would encourage you to give it a shot and then interview the girls in person at a public place. 

Post # 9
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@caribbean_lover:  I was a nanny for a year, and was hired through sittercity.com, similar to care.com.  You can filter by background checks, and I believe it is a good way to find child care.  My FI’s family is using care.com to find sitters for their very young children during our reception and they all seem happy with the potential sitters they’ve found!

Post # 10
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I used it to find a part-time nanny when I was still working, and she now works for us occasionally as a babysitter. I paid for a membership which I didn’t consider to be a problematic expense given I was looking for someone to watch my child! I had a handful of applicants, conducted phone interviews, and interviewed 2 people in person. I also called references and did a background check. It was a good way to find a lot of people at once and screen for what I wanted. The nanny we hired was absolutely wonderful. 

Post # 11
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have found a couple of nanny jobs and many babysitting jobs through care.com. I’ve never experienced it from the parent’s side, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it to find a sitter in the future. I think it’s kinda like online dating, there will be some weirdos but you should be able to sift through them and find a good sitter 🙂

Post # 13
58 posts
Worker bee

@caribbean_lover:  i baby sat for three families that i have met on care.com.. my suggestion for you is to post an ad for what you are looking for and people will apply for it.  you can read what they have written, and some people even have background checks on there.  

all the people i have sat for have asked for references.

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