September 18, 2013

Island Sitters

My friend Sheena and I came up with the idea of starting a babysitting agency here in Barbados over the summer. We have both worked for agencies overseas and saw the need for something similar in Barbados. With so many families visiting the island every year, plus the large number of young families we knew personally, it just seemed like an obvious solution to the common problem of trying to find a credible and reliable sitter, nanny or tutor in Barbados.
Fast forward two months and we're ALMOST ready to launch 'Island Sitters' - a sitter service agency offering babysitting, nannying, tutoring, pet sitting and house sitting. All of our sitters will be screened by us and given a profile on our website. We want to ensure that our sitters are reliable and of good character before we refer them to any of our clients :) Eventually, we want our website to include online booking and individual scheduling but we're taking it one step at a time. When that happens we hope to update our 'look' from 'Picmonkey' to 'Professional' (Any designers out there willing to help us out??)

The response from families has been great so far! We've taken on a few jobs here and there, just to test the waters a bit and see how things work out with different clients. Girls of all ages are signing up to work with us as well and we're really excited to see where this goes!

We want to make sure that most of our sitters were CPR certified, so we organised a CPR/First Aid Emergency First Response course with our friends Dominic and Jessie. We had to sacrifice a beautiful Sunday in order to do the course but it was SO worth it. We now have 10 newly qualified sitters ready to go! We're also hosting a 'Sitter's Meeting' this Saturday to meet all of the potential sitters face-to-face and to give some more details on how we plan to run the agency.

You can help us spread the word about Island Sitters by liking our Page and sharing it with anyone who may be interested in working with us! 

 Stay tuned for more posts coming soon :)

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