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Phone A Babysitter vs Care 4 Hire

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Find Your Next Babysitter at Care Today! The days of easily finding a quality neighborhood babysitter are over. Today, working moms and dads find that their hectic schedules are not conducive with getting to know their responsible neighborhood teenagers. Finding a babysitter you can rely on, and that puts you at ease while away, is a rare find.

Instead, many parents use services where they can find quality babysitters, right in their neighborhood. For a fair price, you can review hundreds of profiles and pictures of qualified babysitters. Even those parents looking for babysitters to care for a child with behavior challenges or a disability can find good, experienced babysitters to choose from.

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3 stars
Phone A Babysitter

PHONE A BABYSITTER

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$29.95 for lifetime membership

Phone a Babysitter is a Canadian based company and our first impression was that is lacked the professionalism we saw in higher ranked companies. However, after further research we found we liked a few aspects of the company.

If appearances were everything the Phone A Babysitter website would be a dud. But the simplicity of the concept is a positive. Phone A Babysitter is a no frill database of babysitters located across the US and Canada. Members and potential babysitters can both join for free. However, if you want access to contact them or vice versa one of the parties has to have a paid membership. The membership costs are very affordable at $29.95 for lifetime access.

To search for a babysitter in your area simply type in your zip code and the distance in which you're willing to search for child care. Next you'll find a list of available babysitters meeting the location and distance criteria. You'll learn the general location of where they live, their age, available working hours, hourly rate and a few more details.

Unfortunately no pictures are available to have a look-see of who you are potentially inviting into your house and life. Another down side is that you can't run a background check on the candidates and no referral information is listed. Also, the database at Phone A Babysitter is not overly impressive. We searched several cities and found, on average, between 20 and a hundred candidates. No additional search options were available to narrow the search.

Phone a Babysitter is a no frills database of potential babysitters. The price was right and in most cities we found available candidates. However, we didn't like the lack of search options, no pictures and no opportunity for background checks.

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Care 4 Hire

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Cost:

$19.99/month + $10 registration fee OR $99.99/year

Free to browse babysitters

Free 7-day trial of full service

Care4Hire has been matching parents with qualified caregivers since 1987. Their service also includes referrals for Tutoring, Housekeeping, Pet Care, and Miscellaneous Help.

One great feature of Care4Hire is the ability to preview their service in not one but two ways. First, you can enter your zip code and get a list of registered babysitters in your area — with no other personal information. That lets you know right away if there are any potential matches in your area, and you don't even have to create an account.

When we entered our zip code, we found a decent variety of babysitters in our area. The list was not sortable by location, though - so we had to go through many pages of results to find the ones specifically in our area and not just in our general metro region.

If you decide you want to try Care4Hire's service, you can set up an account and post a job during a free one-week trial. During those 7 days, you'll be contacted by potential caregivers, letting you see if it's worth paying for a full membership to always have enough babysitters to choose from. After the first week, you'll need to choose a membership plan: either $19.99 per month with a $10 registration fee, or $99.99 for a full year.

One area where Care4Hire comes up short compared with our highest-ranked babysitter referral service is with background checks. Caregivers can opt to pay for a background check, but it's not required; in fact, Care4Hire specifically states that they do absolutely no pre-screening on any of the babysitters who register with them, and they recommend that you screen them yourself. Of course, you could decide only to allow those babysitters who have paid for background checks to interview for the job, but that's an extra step some people would rather not have to deal with - especially with other babysitter referral services that automatically perform basic background screening on every registered caregiver.

We also were puzzled by Care4Hire not having a rating or accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. For a company that has been in business for more than three decades, that was surprising. And, other than a handful of testimonials and some outdated TV show mentions (Jon and Kate Gosselin, anyone?), we didn't find many current reviews from families using Care4Hire to find good babysitters.

Care4Hire is affordably priced, and we like being able to give their service a try before committing to one of their membership plans. But, in most respects, it's not the strongest option among babysitter referral services today.

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  • Background checks. Are background checks already completed on the babysitters that are offered? What aspects are checked?
  • Fees. What does each babysitter company charge for their service, and what does that specifically include?
  • Selection. A service with thousands of babysitters will result in a higher chance of success finding a quality babysitter. How large is the database of candidates?

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