Meeting a sitter goes virtual

Meet-A-Sitter, Australia’s first boutique “speed-dating” service connecting parents with prescreened babysitters and nannies, is taking convenience to a whole new level by going virtual.

“We understand how busy parents are, that’s why they seek us out in the first place,’’ Meet-A-Sitter founder Mei Koon said. “The virtual initiative has come about after we received feedback that many parents were in a ‘catch 22’ situation; they needed a carer for their children, but had no one to care for them while they came to our events. Skype virtual attendance seemed like a natural solution.’’

Meet-A-Sitter was originally launched in response to Mei’s need for a more effective and affordable way to find childcare options for her son when she was first looking to return to work. “Like many others, we lacked family support, couldn’t afford high agency fees and were on multiple daycare waiting lists. More importantly, we just didn’t have the time to spend reviewing CVs online and setting up one-on-one interviews,” Ms Koon said.

Knowing there had to be a better way, Ms Koon transferred the speed-dating concept to the childcare scenario. Since then, her team has interviewed more than 1400 nanny and babysitter candidates and has helped more than 700 families from across Sydney and Melbourne find carers for their children via live matchmaking events.

“Personally meeting the babysitters and nannies face-to-face will always be the most effective option for parents. But for those without that choice, we’ve used a combination of tablets and wifi technology to enable parents to virtually attend our events and fully participate as if they were there. They can interview all the same candidates in the room without having to leave the comfort of their homes or worry about trying to find care. Over an hour, they meet a number of locally matched carers and finish with a portfolio of resumes they can follow up with later.’’

“We are passionate about being part of a happy working relationship for families and candidates, knowing in the end, it’s the children that win out of these successful matches. With a 98-100% success rate and so many happy matches made, it’s a concept that we know works,” she said.

*Now available in limited locations for the beta launch period.

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Launched in Sydney in November 2009 and expanded to Melbourne in 2012, by mother and entrepreneur Ms Mei Koon. Meet A Sitter is Australia’s first boutique “speed-dating” service for busy parents looking for quality childcare. Face-to-face “speed- interviewing” events are held across Greater Sydney’s and Inner Melbourne suburbs with the aim of connecting parents with prescreened local babysitters and nannies. In just over an hour, parents meet and personally interview a group of prescreened carers in their area, and walk away with a coveted resume portfolio and their very own network.




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For more information please call Mei Koon, phone: (02) 9518 3791 or mobile: 0432 038 269