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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Using Care4Hire.com for Childcare Help

Having trouble finding childcare? As busy parents sometime we need a little help going thru this difficult task.



A few months back I was invited to review Care4Hire.com. At the time I was too busy juggling life as a return to work mom. But I kept having childcare issues on and off for months. I'd respond to and place online ads and then interview many babysitters. But still ended up frustared. It was alot of work for little results. I decided maybe the Care4Hire service would get me better results.

About Care4hire

Candi Wingate, President of Care4hire.com, a mother herself, knows first-hand how hard it can be to find the perfect caregiver. We put a great deal of effort into making Care4hire.com as easy to use as possible. Our database is designed to assist families in finding a quality babysitter, housekeeper, tutor, companion/eldercare, pet sitter and Miscellaneous care such as a personal assistant, gardener, party planner, etc. for their specific needs and requirements and offer caregivers an enjoyable employment experience.

My Review

Setting up an account was simple and straight forward. They have 3 levels of membership to chose from including a FREE membership for 14 days. Then you set up your profile and describe your family and the kind of care your seeking. Based on your basic profile you'll start to received emails from care providers.

If you don't want care providers contacting you then you can make your profile private and do your own search. There is also an option for special advertising for any family that needs extra help find the right caregiver. Care4hire will not charge extra for that service.

PROS

Many things impressed me on the Care4hire site least of which is their CareMatch. In CareMatch you can set up a search for caregivers based on different requirements like price per hour, location, language and special needs (twins/disabilities/etc).

Care4Hire Sample Interview Questions, Contract and Reference Check questions is a good thing to have already on site for some parents. Some of us don't know the key questions to ask a caregiver much less have a employment contract.

Caregivers can have their references and background check available for your viewing. Love that! Saves so much time and makes it easy when sorting thru caregivers to find the right one.

CONS

Having the care providers contact me directly with their profiles was nice. Having to go thru 2 extra steps of clicking on their member id to see their profile, photo, background qualification, and contact info wasn't nice. When you have over 90 emails to check, it would be a time saver to view all you need on one screen or have a preview of key info.

Having a way to sort caregiver based on location would also be helpful. Even though I said I was looking for someone in the brooklyn area, after checking thru profiles I saw responses from caregivers in outer boroughs.

While I didn't follow thru and directly contact any of the caregivers...I recently was accepted in a neighborhood daycare...The service of Care4hire is very useful and I would definitely use them if I run into childcare issue again.

Are interested in this service? Right now Care4hire is offering my readers a 10% discount using this code: 339914-16b

Disclosure: My free membership was upgraded for the purpose of reviewing this site. No other compensation was received. This review is based on my experience while using this site.

8 comments:

Yakini says:
at: November 7, 2009 at 7:44 PM said...

Thanks for this review. We need child care services big time! You know DH and I have been on only 1 (real) date since the baby was born... and he's darn near 1 years old! LOL, that is unacceptable. I'm definitely going to bookmark this site and keep it in mind should we both get some free time!

Miss Blondie says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM said...

I'll have to check this out! Thanks for the review!

Nina Say says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM said...

I am glad to see this, I have always been curious about this site but wasnt sure if I could trust it.

Gena says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM said...

This would be great for a lot of people! Great review!

Princess Hairstyles says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM said...

What a great idea. It's so hard choosing someone to watch your babies!

Creative Junkie says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:24 PM said...

Wow - how nice it would have been had this been around when my kids were really young! Would have saved me a ton of trouble and worry.

babyrocasmama says:
at: November 9, 2009 at 10:26 PM said...

I will have to check this out. It's not like when I was a kid and the recommendations came from the neighbors. We are lucky if we even know our neighbors today. LOL

LOVE your header. Very pretty.

Candi says:
at: November 10, 2009 at 3:11 PM said...

On Care4hire.com; there is also a "free membership"; where you can post a profile on your family and caregivers can contact you directly. Once you are a registered member, you will be able to sort by detailed criteria based on what you are looking for in a babysitter. Whether you are looking for a babysitter, tutor, housekeeper, elder/companion care, pet care or misc. care,
Care4hire.com can meet your needs.