If you're traveling to New York City with your children, you might want to hire a babysitter. Whether to have an adults-only night out, attend meetings or you just to have an extra set of hands as you shuffle your kids around the city, a New York City babysitter can help. These New York City babysitting services will help you find a New York City babysitter.
Hourly rates for babysitting through these services generally range from $14-23/hour. All services require a transportation stipend ($10-15 max) for jobs that end after 9 p.m. Services also have a 3-4 hour minimum per booking. Check out each service's cancellation policy before booking if you are unsure of your plans.
Since 1940, the Baby Sitters' Guild has been helping parents find babysitters for their children. They are often used by hotel concierges when a guest needs a babysitter and have a solid reputation. Their sitters can stay at the hotel with your child or can plan an excursion for them if you prefer. International visitors will particularly appreciate that they have sitters who speak 16 different languages.
Contact the Baby Sitters' Guild from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily at 212-682-0227.
Based in Brooklyn, NY City Explorers can provide babysitting services anywhere in New York City. Rates range from $17-25/hour for a single child, depending on how far in advance you book their services. Payments can be made by MasterCard, Visa, cash or check (payable to NY City Explorers). Cancellation fees apply when you cancel with less than one day's notice.
Another Brooklyn-based group, Easy Care Sitters books sitters by email. Their "Once in a Blue Moon" fee is $10/booking, which is a good choice if you just need a sitter once during your stay. Rates range from ~$14-17/hour and babysitters are paid directly (in cash) at the end of the job. All sitters are background checked and CPR-certified and tend to be college-graduates looking for extra cash while they further their studies or pursue creative careers.
The Pinch Sitters Agency is 20 years old and offers temporary babysitters for out-of-towners and locals who find themselves in a bind. Their sitters are female, English-speaking, college graduates and range in age from 22-50. Sitters are $20/hour with a four-hour minimum.
Contact Pinch Sitters Agency weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 212-260-6005.
Sensible Sitters is a babysitting and nanny placement agency working in Manhattan, Los Angeles, the Hamptons, and Palm Beach. Sitters are often in their early-mid 20s -- mostly college students, recent grads and young professionals and all are CPR-trained and background-checked. Annual membership with Sensible Sitters is $300, but they allow three trial bookings before joining. Sitters are paid $22-30/hour for a single child (additional charges for additional children and more in the Hamptons & Palm Beach.) Sensible Sitters can provide sitters who will travel with your family and/or provide round-the-clock assistance. Sensible Sitters bills clients weekly and payments can be made by check or credit card. Transportation stipends should be paid to sitters directly in cash.
Contact Sensible Sitters at 866-660-1549.
If you'd like your babysitter to come armed with lots of crafty talents, look no further than Sitters Studio which has a roster of CPR-trained, background-checked artists that they call Artisitters. They have a no-electronics policy and each sitter arrives with a tote of age-appropriate crafts and toys to ensure a fun time for all.
Contact Sitters Studio at 646-246-6024.
A service of Barnard College, the Barnard Babysitting Agency offers parents a place to post babysitting jobs for Barnard undergraduate students to find. For $30/year you can post babysitting job listings. The minimum hourly wage is $10, but most parents pay more. Their sitters vary dramatically in experience, and the service doesn't really train or vet the sitters -- it is the responsibility of parents to check references and interview sitters. You will definitely want to post your listing a week or more in advance.
Contact Barnard Babysitting Agency at 212-854-2035.