(PRWeb UK) February 15, 2011
More and more parents are heading online to find the childcare they need. Just last year, there were an average of 550,000 monthly searches for ‘childcare’ alone.
The Internet provides access to thousands of babysitters, nannies, au pairs and childminders throughout the UK – and parents can search by specific job, e.g. afterschool nanny; and even by postcode.
There’s no doubt that being able to find online childcare locally, and often at short notice, has its many advantages.
Parents need total peace of mind
Security is always understandably at the forefront of parents’ minds. Child carers are often an integral part of the family, so it’s so vital for parents to be able to review childcare candidates from a credibility point of view.
In fact, in a recent survey of parents, Findababysitter uncovered the top 10 factors parents consider when choosing childcare online. Naturally, it’s all about credibility, security and value:
2. Cost (e.g. hourly rate)
3. CRB check
6. Written references
7. Detailed profile information
8. First aid training
9. Age of candidate
Additionally, in this tough economy, it’s more important than ever for child care candidates to show they are as credible as possible in order to compete against the thousands of other candidates online.
Adding credibility to childcare online
Findababysitter.com has just partnered with Experian and is now the only childcare search site in the UK to offer childcare background checks.
Experian is a well-known and credible UK company with access to one the UK's largest and most dynamic range of data assets.
Childcare candidates are actively encouraged by Findababysitter.com to complete a background check – getting one contributes to candidates’ profile completeness, which in turn provides parents with as much information as possible about candidates online.
How childcare background checks work
Candidates apply for child care background checks directly from Findababysitter.com and receive their background check confirmation in just three days. As a result of a positive background check, candidate profiles feature a ribbon across their photo saying ‘background check’.
Tom, Managing Director of Findababysitter.com, says: “It is essential to thoroughly check your candidate’s identity. We use Experian’s state of the art identity authentication system to validate that candidates are who they say they are.”
Childcare background checks – what do they include?
Experian’s childcare background checks work by comparing candidates’ biographical details against many millions of records held in public and private databases – both here in the UK and abroad.
The service provides a score to indicate the degree of confidence in an individual’s identity, including checks against:
- The Electoral Roll
- A candidate’s current address
- Up to two previous addresses
Experian has a proven track record of electronically authenticating the identity of individuals.
Added confidence in online childcare
Child care background checks undoubtedly provide parents with the confidence that the candidate they are dealing with is who they say they are.
In a recent survey of 1,500 employers, Experian found that 71% had encountered fraudulent claims in job applicants' CVs. When it comes to employing someone to look after your loved ones, security cannot be underestimated.