Why Sitters Choose First Steps?
Think about First Steps as a networking tool.
First Steps makes connections easier and does not “employ” providers. When you sign up, you become a member and may use First Steps as often as you like. First Steps does not prohibit members from contacting one another at anytime, directly, outside of the network. We stand by our model as the easiest way to find an available sitter at anytime – especially last minute. We strive to make the process of securing childcare easier, better and faster!
How it Works for Sitters
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Parents and Children
Location and Contact
To get started, complete your registration. We’ll ask you to select a few preferences so we can find only the families who will be the best match for you. After you complete this, a First Steps representative will contact the references you provide and then reach out to complete your application, including an interview.
Reply to Jobs
Date of Request
When a parent requests a sitter, our technology automatically compares the details of the job posting with the preferences saved in your First Steps profile. You will receive notifications of job postings only when they match all of your preferences. You will receive an email with everything you will need to know about a job. If you want it, simply respond by clicking the button in the email.
Get Selected and Go Sit!
- Fri 9:30a – 4:45p
- Sun 3:00p – 10:00p
- Tue 4:30p – 8:30p
Parents will receive an email with profiles of all available sitters who match their family profile. Before selecting you as their sitter, parents have a chance to review profiles. Once selected for a job, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing the contact information for the parent. Communicate directly to arrange any remaining details. Simple.
By signing up with First Steps, you’ll conveniently receive opportunities that match your availability. The best part? We make sure our sitting environments are safe and expectations are managed. Our on-the-ground team visits all locations where jobs will take place before allowing membership. We discuss the First Steps model in depth and admit members who are appreciative of professional, experienced and quality providers. If you can sit, simply click Apply! Did you get the job? You will receive confirmation. The next step? Coordinate with the parents to confirm any remaining details. Do a great job? You can be contacted directly to sit again and again!