I wrote about Select Sitters, a local babysitting service, hosting a babysitter "speed dating" event back in March.
Like most babysitting services, Select Sitters requires interviews and background checks for all caregiver candidates. Owner Kara Varnell said the service also checks their references and requires CPR and first aid training.
"Even still, as a mom I know, it’s hard to leave your children with somebody you haven’t met," Varnell, who has two kids of her own, told me last month. "We want to provide that opportunity to meet some sitters so they feel a little bit more comfortable."
During the speed dating events, childcare will be provided so parents can focus on getting to know the prospective sitters. Families will meet each of the sitters for a bit, then rotate to the next sitter.
Varnell promised that last month's speed dating event wouldn't be the last. She's got three more lined up. Here are the details:
- 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, Summer Nanny Speed Dating event at SnickerDoodles, 3721 Lynn Rd., in north Raleigh.
- 10 a.m., May 6, Babysitter Speed Dating at Play Days, 441 W. Williams St., Apex.
- 10 a.m., May 27, Babysitter Speed Dating at SnickerDoodles in north Raleigh.
The event is free, but registration is required as there are space and time limits. Select Sitters' website has more information, including the registration form.