Most of you have probably heard of Sittercity.com, which is an online service most known for its network of babysitters and nannies. I’ve never used it, but friends have spoken highly of it and especially like that you can browse profiles to learn about sitters’ backgrounds and experiences and that many of them come with completed background checks.
Sittercity recently put out a list called the “Top 10 Cities to Find a Babysitter." Now this list is in no ways scientific, since it's based on factors on Sittercity's own website, including the number of babysitters available in the market and the average hourly rates they are paid. But I thought it raised some interesting questions, especially because No. 3 on the list was our very own Naperville, where sitters are paid an average of $11.29 an hour, according to job descriptions parents posted on the site.
Sittercity didn’t specify how many kids those sitters were watching, or how much experience they have. But the website does have a kind of cool babysitter rates calculator. For instance, it tells me that if I were to hire an 18- to 21-year-old sitter, with two to four years experience, to watch two children in Geneva I should expect to pay $10.75 an hour.
So what do you think of those rates? Is that similar to what you pay a babysitter? Are your sitters usually high school students, or are they older? How do you find sitters? Through an online service like Sittercity, or networking with friends or neighbors? Or do you mostly rely on family members for those times when you just have to get away?