We know that as a parent your primary concern is for your child's safety and well-being. We take that very seriously at sitterstars. That's why we have such a rigorous application procedure for our sitters. To give you an idea of how rigorous we are, only about 10% of original applicants are taken on to our books.

All of our sitter candidates are subjected to rigorous checks before they appear on our website.

All candidates must complete an application form, which tests their skills and their motivation for working with children. All of our sitters have past experience working with children. Many of them have formal qualifications, and these will be listed on their profile.

Unless candidates can show us a current DBS certificate (less than 2 years old) we require them to have a DBS check. We use Onfido – the award-winning background checking company. Onfido checks the following:

  • They take copies of each candidate's formal documentation, such as their passport, identity card, work permit, driving licence and/or utility bills.
  • The candidate's current address and date of birth are checked against credit agencies. We also check addresses for the past 5 years.
  • The candidates are all subjected to an Enhanced check with the government's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, which has replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). This checks to see whether they have police records of convictions and also checks to see whether the candidate appears on the Education Act list or in the DBS Children Barred list.

The candidates are personally interviewed by one of sitterstars' founders.

We also require candidates to provide two references, which we follow up on.

The candidates then write their profile that appears on the website, which is also checked by us to ensure it is accurate.