The 3 Best Babysitting Apps
Let’s face it: being a babysitter can be very stressful. Between finding jobs and keeping kids safe and entertained, the job of a babysitter can become a lot for one teenager to handle. But thanks to smartphones and tablets, the job can get a lot easier.
The Best Apps That Every Babysitter Should Download
- Care.com — This app should be your first download. Care.com is a trusted app that parents and others can use to find caregivers. It suits new babysitters looking for work well. You sign up and employers find you! To sign up, you must be at least 14 years old. Teens who are 14-17 can use the site as a “Teen Provider” as long as they have a parent’s consent and that parent becomes a “Parent Registered User.” When you sign up, you’ll upload your contact information and child care experience, including the ages you are most comfortable with and how far you are willing to travel. You can also order and authorize background checks about yourself. The Care.com app is available for Apple and Android devices. For more information, visit the Care.com website
- PlannerPro — Every babysitter should be well-organized and this app can do just the thing. Planner Pro combines event planning, task organizing, and notetaking into one handy app. The app consists of a calendar, a notes section, and an inbox. Not only can you organize your clients day-by-day, but you can plan your whole month and easily check when you are available and what you have to do for each job! The Planner Pro app is free to download on any Apple or Android device, so check it out.
- Pinterest — The Pinterest app is a great way to find ideas for entertaining kids indoors. Pinterest is a social media app where you can find do-it-yourself crafts, treats, or games for any rainy or lazy day. I recommend visiting Safe Sitter’s Pinterest page for a collection of saved pins, also known as boards, that provide safety tips along with fun activities. Set up your own account to virtually “pin” ideas to boards that you create. Pinterest is available for Apple and Android devices. More information can be found on the Pinterest website.
Babysitting is a big job, and it takes confidence and skill. Apps can do a lot to help keep you organized and manage the tasks of your babysitting business but they can only do so much. If you’d like to learn more about being the best babysitter you can be, consider taking a Safe Sitter® class. Find one near you!
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