Just a few weeks to summer and counting… do you know what the kids are doing?
Don’t worry! SeekingSitters has all of your childcare needs covered! They can help you find everything from a full-time summer nanny to an emergency “my kid has pink eye and can’t go to camp but I still have an important meeting” sitter.
“I work directly with families and help take the stress out of having to make all the calls and finding a sitter,” said Heather Stoll Vereckeen, owner of the Baltimore Metro, North and Northwest franchise (and local Baltimore mom!). “They aren’t just getting a great sitter, they are also getting someone to help them handle the stress of things popping up last minute.”
So how does it work? First step is to apply for SeekingSitters membership. Don’t worry; it’s not like other online sitter membership websites that provide members access to potential sitter profiles that you then have to sift through. SeekingSitters is a concierge service. Once you apply for membership, SeekingSitters employs a licensed private investigator to complete an investigation. (Yes! Both families and sitters undergo an extensive background check instead of just an online background check that can often miss vital information.)
After you’re approved, Heather or her team will contact you to find out about your sitter needs and match you with sitter that meets your needs (and jives with your tribe’s vibe!). She can help you find a long-term care solution. Call her on the fly when an emergency pops up. Or use the service when you need a date night. All you have to do is submit a sitter request in through the website.
All SeekingSitters caregivers are experienced as well as CPR and First Aid certified. You can ‘virtually’ meet the sitter through the SeekingSitters website after you’ve been matched. Access sitter photos, profiles, family reviews and childcare experience through your membership account online.
When you book with SeekingSitters, you not only get peace of mind because they conduct an extensive background check on all of their sitters, you get an engaged caregiver who will connect with your kids. No TV-zone out.
Lutherville mom Amy Ancona discovered SeekingSitters after moving to the Baltimore area from Boston.
“Seeking sitters was incredibly helpful to me because as I was trying to settle our family into this area and trying to establish roots,” said Amy. “Each sitter we have used has had a ton of previous experience working with kids, and have come to our house ready to play with my kids. I have felt very comfortable leaving my boys with these sitters, and have been able to trust that they are kept safe AND having fun while I’m not there.”
Traveling? SeekingSitters membership also travels with families; so companies that require travel would be able to offer a sitting solution for workers traveling to locations where SeekingSitters has a presence. Or just those headed for a vacation and looking for a date night!
And while you’re at the beach, Heather and her Baltimore SeekingSitters team can take care of your fur-friends and house sit (yes, they do that, too!).
“As a parent, I know how important it is to have peace of mind when I take time out to recharge my batteries, get errands done or attend an important meeting,” said Heather. “Knowing people have done the investigating instead of watching the spinning wait curser for 3 minutes puts my mind at ease and I can focus on what I need to do.”
Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by SeekingSitters, who want to help Baltimore families know how EASY it is to find great childcare! Photos by Laura Black.