I haven't ever seen that website and quite honestly, I don't think I'd use it.
The town I live in have a couple of fb pages - a couple of garage sale, buy swap sell sites and a "Community" page. Plenty of people post on those pages looking for local help ie baby sitters, gardeners, cleaners etc.
Locals are more than happy to give recommendations. Personally, I'd rather the person is that's with my dd be known to others in the community.
On these pages, there are families with Au Pairs who have available days/times. Other local mums looking for a little extra income. Search you suburb on fb and see if you have something similar. You may have some of your kids' friends Mums happy to help out for some cash.
They probably charge such a hefty up front fee as if they didn't people would grab others details then 'pull out' of the deal due to a 'change of circumstance' then complete the deal outside of the web service, this avoiding a case by case fee that way.
ETA: there is no 'deal' made. You private message back and forth and arrange a meeting. No in or out. It is completely up to both parties as if it were gumtree.
Last edited by DT75; 29-07-2015 at 09:54.
I've used that site both as a nanny and as a parent, and I think it works well. I've also used gumtree and find a babysitter was so much better- I was stuffed around so much by people on gumtree, I think just having to fill out a fairly long form and include lots of info re. availability etc means that the people using it are less likely to waste each other's time.
It makes sense to me that parents pay for the service and nannies don't. I was happy to pay for the convenience factor.
ETA when I used it, it cost me $60. $90 seems a bit steep to me. A one month membership for $30-$40 would be ideal.
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