I was recently sent information about about Babysitters of Kensington and Chelsea, a local babysitting service. After asking around, I found that many people I know, especially in West London, use them and that they don't just cover Kensington and Chelsea!
Many of us use websites such as Sitters to find childcare but having looked into BOKAC, I was really impressed by the way they check their sitters, and also by the website which is very easy to use and has lots of information on each sitter. The real difference is that the founder runs the business and responds to each enquiry individually, providing a personal service. She understands what matters to us when we are looking for a babysitter.
BOKAC sent me some information about their service and recruitment process which may be of interest.
BOKAC enables parents to find, book and manage their babysitting appointments online. Aside from our personal service (I run the business alone and respond to each enquiry individually) we offer the following:
BOKAC has been running since 2011 and we have relied primarily on word of mouth advertising and our existing clients telling their friends and friends of friends etc.
Babysitters apply to register via our website and the initial stage tends to be emails/phone calls back and forth with me to discuss their childcare experience and availability on a basic level. If they seem suitable, each applicant completes our registration forms and provides two references: one from someone they are currently or have recently been employed by and one from someone they currently or have recently babysat for. I follow up on these references personally to verify the information. After this, I arrange to interview each babysitter where we meet for about 30minutes to discuss their childcare experience in more depth (I present them with a range of scenarios to find out how they would react in various situations) and to make sure they would represent BOKAC to a high standard. After this, they are able to complete their online profiles which can be viewed here: http://bokac.co.uk/our-babysitters
Our babysitters are often also already working with children in another capacity whether that be teaching as a profession, tutoring, art/acting/dance classes, sports tuition etc.
If you would like any more information, there is a great FAQ page on the BOKAC website and I am sure they would be happy to answer any additional questions.