It’s time to step out of the house for a much-needed date night, but the idea of leaving your newborn child with a stranger does not sound very appealing. These Denver area agencies take the guesswork out of finding a babysitter or nanny. They do the screening, background checks and handle the other details, giving you complete peace of mind. Additionally, if you find a sitter who you truly love, many of these services will help you with a more full-time pairing to turn a temporary sitter into a full-time nanny.
Premier Nannies and Rent A Mom
Price: $13 to $18 per hour/$75 annual membership fee
Premier Nannies and Rent A Mom is one of the oldest and most-established nanny agencies in Colorado. It offers nanny searches, babysitting services, parent helpers, household managers and personal assistants. Of course, every one of its babysitters and nannies is thoroughly screened in local and national criminal searches as well as motor vehicle records and social security tracing. Its babysitting service and temporary placement option is very popular, and it offers care for all ages. With 24 hours notice, Premier can accommodate most needs, and helps manage last-minute family surprises as well.
9249 S. Broadway #200-136
Denver, CO 80129
Price: $13 to $19 per hour/$39.99 one-time fee plus a $10 to $15 monthly request option
Seeking Sitters is another wonderful option for families in need of a babysitter for just one night or on a permanent basis. Seeking Sitters truly goes out of its way to ensure every childcare provider it works with has an extensive background and reference check. However, a unique feature of Seeking Sitters is that it also checks families to ensure the safety of sitters as well. Once you have selected your sitter, they show up with a backpack full of activities to keep your child engaged and entertained while you are out.
9249 S. Broadway Blvd Unit 200-241
Littleton, CO 80129
Price: $12 per hour for one child/$1 per hour for each additional child/$75 annual membership fee
Mothers Helpers, originally founded in Boston in 1961, takes all of the work out of finding reliable childcare. Once you have signed up for the service, booking a sitter is as simple as making a call. Helpers will find a person who matches your needs and set everything up. Of course, all sitters are fully screened including motor vehicle and reference checks. In addition to sitters, it also offers mothers’ helpers who will aid in running errands and performing light housekeeping.
1550 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
Price: $40 per day referral fee for temporary services
Nanny Poppinz offers a variety of sitting and nanny services, though it specializes in emergency child care needs and is available 24/7. Nanny Poppinz is locally known as it provides the stadium childcare for the Denver Broncos. In addition, each nanny is fully screened and checked prior to your family’s interview.
ABC Nannies and Domestics
400 S. Colorado Blvd Suite 310
Denver, CO 80246
Price: $12 to $15 per hour/$100 annual membership fee/$35 usage fee without membership
ABC Nannies and Domestics offers short-term babysitting or long term nannies. Like many other sites, it charges an annual fee, allowing you to use its services as often as needed. However, if you are just looking for once or twice per year, this unique agency offers a no-annual-fee option which costs a usage fee of $35 paid to the service. ABC Nannies is also a highly respected, internationally known agency. Two of its nannies received the International nanny of the year award, and the agency itself has won agency of the year from the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.