Application Process

To ensure the highest success rate at placing candidates and the most personalized matching process, we are only able to accept 15-30 new babysitters and nannies each month, from hundreds of qualified applicants. Top candidates undergo an intensive screening process, during which we get to know your unique personality while you learn more about our agency and job opportunities.

1. Application

Submit an online application to let us know why you are one of NYC’s top babysitters or nannies. Give thoughtful answers that detail your childcare experience and demonstrate your passion for pursuing this line of work. Some candidates are contacted to complete an additional piece of our application through the online video platform, Ziggeo.

2. Interview

Exceptional applicants are invited to attend an in-person interview at our office in Union Square. This gives us a chance to learn more about your personality and childcare expertise, while you get to see our SmartSitting Directors in action.

3. References

After an excellent interview, we will ask you to coordinate calls with at least two references from childcare-related positions. For full-time candidates, we will speak with references before the in-person interview.

4. Background Check

After completing an excellent interview and receiving stellar reference reports, we will ask that you provide information and $35 payment for a background check. This is the only cost of joining the network, and you may request a copy for your personal records.

5. Communication

Throughout the process, we assess your written and verbal communication. We half-jokingly refer to our policy as the 'neurotic mom' communication policy - we ask that you respond to all emails and text messages as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to help build the trust and rapport that we need to refer you to families.


6. Placement Evaluation

SmartSitting is built upon understanding and trust between the SmartSitting team, our incredible caregivers, and the wonderful families in our network. A SmartSitting director will set up a time to speak with you 1-on-1 about your ideal babysitting job, and to discuss opportunities for you within the network.

You’ll also receive information on how to apply for long-term and short-term babysitting jobs through our private job dashboard. SmartSitting directors are available around the clock to provide you with advice and assistance.