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Montreal Families

Website links parents with sitters

Once you have kids, you learn very quickly about the babysitter scramble — the hunt for someone reliable and hopefully good with children.

Now, thanks to a new bilingual, online site called Sitter Quebec, it’s becoming easier to find a caregiver. (The site also lists people who will provide care for seniors or do housekeeping, tutoring and even pet sitting.)

Sitter Quebec was created by two sets of sisters: Aileen Ziga-Kearney, Emily Ziga-Kearney Paula Romero and Carola Romero. The four have backgrounds in early childhood education and business. Their website was launched in December 2010 and already has 700 registered sitters and 150 members.

To find a sitter, users enter their postal code to display a list of babysitters in their area. Users must pay a $4.99 membership fee in order to access this information. The membership form is available online, and $1 from each membership is donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Sitters who post on the site are strongly encouraged to provide a criminal background check, done though a site called Mybackcheck.com, although it is not required. The site includes information for parents about setting up a meeting with a potential sitter, questions to ask, etc.

To find out more, go to www.sitterquebec.com.

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