The first time you get a babysitter is both the most liberating and the most terrifying moment of your life. After months of dirty nappies, sleepless nights, and untold hours of exhausting, tedious childcare you’re finally free - except you’re never free of The Terror.
It’s a big step to leave your child with someone who isn’t, well, you. But we may just have found a light at the end of the tunnel - and, as is so often the case these days, it’s the light of an oncoming smartphone app.
NannyHunt manages to take some of the anxiety out of finding a babysitter by providing a trustworthy, peer-rated means of sourcing high-quality childcare.
Like a sort of LinkedIn for childcare, it uses the power of social media to put you in touch with a network of sitters and nannies who have worked for other parents of your acquaintance - both friends and friends of friends.
Created by Kristin Nevin, NunnyHunt lets you find every kind of childcare you might need, from a long-term nanny to a one-off sitter for an unexpected crisis (or, more optimistically, a surprise date night).
Plus, NannyHunt provides the option to have Uber-style cashless payments, so you don’t need to worry about drawing out cash to pay your sitter.
You can search for sitters by location, review the ratings of nannies in your vicinity, and get in touch with your favorite candidates - all within the app. Every nanny’s work history is right there for you to see, and parents are rated as well as nannies, giving everybody a fair and transparent environment.
From the point of view of the nannies, meanwhile, NannyHunt provides a convenient, simple, and reliable source of employment, and it’s simple to register. There’s even a chat function, so nannies and parents can get to know each other before taking the plunge.
Whichever side of the fence you happen to be on, parent or nanny, you need NannyHunt in your life right now.