Centennial sitter mixer is ultimate play date

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What’s the best way to interview a bunch of baby sitters in less than an hour?

At a baby sitter speed-dating event, of course.

The May 4 event, a collaboration between Nourish Family Center in Centennial and UrbanSitter.com, gathered sitters and parents, each looking to interview the other for a possible job match.

Based on the popular “speed-dating” platform for singles, prospective baby sitters and parents looking for child care meet and get to know each other in a three-minute informal setting.

“This event is a great way for parents to come in, meet a lot of different sitters and really build a pool of resources,” said Nourish owner Niki Cobb. “After attending a baby sitter-parent event, parents come away with a full list of sitters that they can call on anytime, and baby sitters leave with several new prospective families to work for.”

There’s no obligation to hire a particular sitter.

The sitters were selected from UrbanSitter.com, an online connection point where parents can browse, check availability, background information and even post reviews of sitters they’ve used.

“You can even book and pay for the sitter online,” said parent Shauna Petersen, who has used the service. “Also, what’s great is you can log in through Facebook and can see which of your friends already know the sitters you might be thinking about hiring.”

Although parents can view each baby sitter’s basic information via online profiles on Urban Sitter’s website, many parents don’t feel comfortable hiring someone until they’ve met in person.

Petersen said the site, paired with the speed-dating event, is in itself a match and often can boost a parent’s confidence level when hiring a sitter.

Professional sitter Gabby Bonner likes the concept of speed-dating with potential clients because she gets a chance to evaluate the match prior to showing up at the client’s door.

Cobb said the center plans on hosting future sitter mixers on a monthly basis. The cost is $10 per family and the events fill up quickly. For more information or to register, call 303-741-2550 or visit www.nourishfamilycenter.com.

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