If you’ve been searching for a new babysitter in the Jacksonville area, I have to tell you about my latest discovery! I know how hard it is to find someone you trust to care for your little ones. This task is especially difficult when you’re moving every 2-3 years and you have to keep finding reliable sitters. It takes time to get to know other people so you can trust their recommendations. It takes even more time to sift through the national websites, wonder if they have background checks and then figure out their availability. It’s tough, I get it. But, having a babysitter you can call is also one of the most important numbers you can have as a military spouse. Our spouses schedules cannot be relied upon at any time and a babysitter is just the help you may need this week!
We were able to meet the owner and the sitters and watch how they interacted with the children in a play setting. The owner of the company is Katelynn Allen. As an early childhood education major and preschool teacher, she realized there was an unmet need here in Jacksonville. Since Sunny Sitters opened in February 2014, they have sat for 200+ families in the beaches area. All of the sitters are CPR/First Aid certified, have been background checked, and have at least 3 years of childcare experience. The majority of the sitters are in their early 20’s and attend college. Katelynn looks for upbeat, motivated, and energetic sitters who will actively engage with the children.
Sunny Sitters offers part time sitters as well as the occasional babysitting (when mom needs to run errands, appointments, date nights, etc). The occasional babysitting jobs can be booked online on our website. All requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you are looking for a part time sitter, contact Katelynn Allen directly and she will see who would be the best fit for you. All sitters are listed on the website with their picture and bio.
The hourly rate for 1-2 children is $15 and for 3-4 it is $16. Each job has a 3 hour minimum. There is a one-time only, up-front fee of $45 to start using the services. (You get 10% off the up-front fee if you are military). All payments are made to Katelynn after the completion of a job (they are not made to the sitters directly). If it’s on a weekly continuous basis, depending on how many hours you will either pay at the beginning of the week or end. You will never be charged of hours unused, they will go into the next billing cycle.
I have spoken with other military moms who have personally used Sunny Sitters with great success. They service all areas of Jacksonville. If you’re in the market for a new babysitter, be sure to give them a call.
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