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Welcome to Sitters4U. We look forward to assisting you and your family to meet your adhoc childcare, administrative and home care support needs.

Sitters4U has been in operation since 2007. In that time we have listed over 8000 sitters and built up an incredible active team of over 2000 interviewed, reference checked, background checked, professional childcare staff who meet or exceed our minimum requirements. We offer professional childcare placement services for private clients  including; Au pairs, Tutors, Home Schooling Teachers, Infant Care Specialists, Night Nurses, PA | Au pairs, House Sitters, PA’s and Home Managers. We cater to full time, part time, short term and long term placement needs; provide adhoc babysitting services; emergency backup care solutions to corporate and event | film | function | childminding services across Cape Town and Gauteng.

AdhocCARE Service Introduction

AdhocCARE is for families that require occasional booking of a childcare professional  or personal assistant for periods ranging from 3 to 12 hours on a once off, or irregular basis in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Our Service includes provision of experienced, educated Sitters who are capable of providing supervisory/custodial care of children for occasional assistance anytime and who will have experience working with children the same age as yours and who can provide home management or PA assistance leaving more time for you to spend with your children.

Notice Required for Bookings

Cape Town: A minimum of 3 hours lead time is required from receipt of proof of payment.
Gauteng: A minimum of at least 24 hours from receipt of proof of payment.
Make a booking Monday to Friday between 06h00 and 16h00. For emergency bookings please call +27746560469 to check availability before placing your request.

Booking Types

As most of our sitters have regular jobs during ‘Priority’ times (Monday to Friday before 6pm) our candidate availability is limited during these periods. Providing less than 2 days notice has a similar effect with far fewer candidates available in your area, pre-interviewed and checked for your convenience, with the correct skill set and experience to care for your children or needs and available on the days and times you require service. The agency service rates for Priority Bookings are therefore higher than for Primary Bookings.

We differentiate between Primary Bookings and Priority Bookings.

Primary Bookings:

  • More than 2 days working notice , and;
  • after 6pm, Monday to Friday, or Anytime over a weekend
Priority Bookings
  • less than 2 working day notice, and | or;
  • before 6pm, Monday to Friday

Service Options

Agency fees are determined by your selected service option, while the Sitter Fee is based on your requirements, as specified in your booking form.


  • For clients with no foreseeable need for future bookings or AdhocCARE services less than 3 months in duration.
*Know the dates and times for your upcoming bookings over a period of 90 days or less? Download our Short Term Placement Service Guide here and save on agency service/booking fees.

The Babysitting Club

  • For Clients who will need Adhoc services for 3 months or longer, and make use of the service more than twice monthly. Join the Babysitting Club to save up to 50% on agency booking fees when compared to Pay-as-you-Go Service for a small monthly subscription fee.
AnyTimeCARE Club

Our premium service offer, with the AnyTimeCARE Club you will pay no additional Agency booking fees except what is due for Sitter Fees and includes up to 22 bookings per month, after which, Babysitting Club booking Fees apply.

This service was created for clients whose ChildCARE or HomeCARE needs are irregular in terms of times or the type of service required, for those clients with 'unusual requirements' who find that you are experiencing a high turn over in their contracted childcare staff, or for those clients who do not wish to employ their staff directly and would prefer Sitters4U to handle payments, pay slips, time sheets etc. on your behalf.


Agency Fees


  • Primary Bookings: R 300 per booking credit
  • Priority Bookings: R 450 per booking credit

Babysitting Club

  • 3 Month Contract: R 450 per month
  • 6 Month Contract: R 350 per month
  • 12 Month Contract: R 250 per month 
*Get an additional 20% off your contract price in paying for your full contract duration on sign up.
  • Primary Booking Credits: R 150 per booking credit
  • Priority Bookings Credits: R 300 per booking credit


Includes up to 22 booking credits per month

  • 3 Month Contract: R 1800 per month
  • 6 Month Contract: R 1300 per month
  • 12 Month Contract: R 1000 per month 
*Get an additional 20% off your contract price in paying for your full contract duration on sign up.

Sitter Fees

Agency Fees do not include the Sitter Fee. Sitter fees will be calculated depending on your requirements for each booking as completed in our online booking form. Rates vary, depending on the sitters experience, education level and the number and age of children requiring care, city, etc. and ranges from R 70 per hour upwards.

When to use our AdhocCARE Services

  • Romantic weekend away? Want to know that the kids are safe and having as good a weekend as you are?
  • Need a chaperone for the kids to dinner?
  • Need a sitter to cook a meal or be responsible for the kids for a day?
  • Nanny cancelled on you, again and you need to make a meeting?
  • Looking for game based entertainment at your family braai?
  • Work related or multi school evening functions?
  • Need an assistant for a day?
  • Got a weekly class you would like to attend?
* Regular discounts on booking fees  and group bookings on our newsletter. Be sure to subscribe to receive these here. 

Types of Sitters Available for AdhocCARE

Click on the below candidate types to  see additional requirements or find out more about the type of carer, their roles and responsibilities:

  • Babysitters
  • Infant Care Specialists
  • Nannies
  • Full Time | Part Time  Au pairs
  • PA - Au pairs
  • PA’s | Home Managers

Minimum Requirements for All Sitters

All of our Sitters have:

  • Experience and References: At least 1 year’s child care experience with contactable references, most have 3 to 10 years of experience or more.        
  • Vehicles: Their own vehicles and driver’s licenses, so they can not only provide lifting and have reliable transport but can get your child to emergency services, in the case of an emergency.
  • Education: Our Sitters have a minimum of matric, most have a University or childcare related tertiary education.
  • Personality: We prefer working with Carers who are dedicated, organised, friendly, energetic, creative, patient, active and caring.
  • First Aid: Our Sitters are required to either have completed a SETA approved first aid course or that they sign up for a course when joining our team.

Additional Requirements

Nannies | Infant Care Specialists | Night Nurses

  • Experience: Have 3 or more years of experience working with infants and  toddlers.
  • Education: If the Sitter has completed an infant care, baby massage, early childhood development course it is viewed as advantageous and is preferred.
  • Personality:Sitters working with children under 2 years old must have a passion for working with babies and toddlers, a loving, patient and nurturing nature, proven through their working experience and references.

* If you require an auxiliary, prenatal or other qualified nurse please email us on

* Please Note: Night Nursing service is only available for children under 5 years old and at a maximum ration of 3 children: 1 carer with a start time of between 18h00 and 21h00 on any given day.

PA |Au pair | Home Managers

Need a sitter and/or a personal assistant for a day? You have come to the right place. Many of our Sitters have experience in a corporate environment, as personal assistants, in administrative roles and many hold business based tertiary educations and degrees. Our team can do everything from shopping, managing your dry-cleaning, preparing meals, managing emails or house staff and your calendar.

  • Experience: At least 2 years working in an administrative role.
  • Education: A minimum requirement of an NQF5 level education (Certificate/Diploma or Higher).



Can I interview the Sitters?

We do not make provision to clients to interview sitters for Adhoc Services. This is due to the nature of adhoc bookings, we cannot guarantee the same candidate will be available on each occasion. All of our sitters have been professionally screened for you. On your first booking you will be provided with a few sitters profiles for you to choose from (dependent on notice provided). We recommend you choose your two favourite candidates. We will then always try to book your most preferred candidate, for future bookings with the secondary option being booked if your regular candidate is unavailable. In this way, we aim to build long term relationships between families and candidates. We recommend booking thirty minutes to an hour before you are due to leave, downloading our babysitting information form here and reviewing this with your  sitter on arrival.

Who do I pay?
Fees are paid to Sitters4U as invoiced on completion of registration and your first booking or on a booking by booking basis as required.

How do cancellations work?

  • In the event of a cancellation of an already confirmed booking, with less than 2 working days notice of cancellation please note, no refund will be issued.
  • In the event of a cancellation of an already confirmed booking, with more than 2 working days notice of cancellation please note,  a 50% refund of the 'Sitter Fees' will be issued.
  • In the event of a cancellation of an already unconfirmed booking, please note, a 100% refund of the 'Sitter Fees' will be issued.

How many children can 1 Sitter care for at a time?
Please note the maximum ratio of children to sitter, is;

  • 3 : 1 for children under 5 years old
  • 5 : 1 for children over 5 years old.

If my Sitter is present for 4 hours and 30 minutes, do I pay less for the last hour?
No. Fees are paid on an hourly basis, no concessions.

Do I need to provide a meal for my Sitter?
No, however most parents provide a meal if the booking extends beyond 4 or 5 hours.

Is there a minimum booking time?
Yes, the minimum booking time is 3 hours.

Will I get the same Sitter every time?
We try to ensure this, but obviously cannot guarantee it. By giving as much notice as possible for bookings, this will increase the chances of having the same sitter booked every time.

Do I pay more on public holidays?
Yes, rates double from 6pm the night before a public holiday and on public holidays.

How do I make a booking after I am registered as a client?
Simply click here and follow the prompts to make a booking.

Click here to visit our online registration  and booking form.

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