We share a deep concern for the spread of Coronavirus and the safety of caregivers and families. UrbanSitter’s Trust and Safety team has prioritized Coronavirus prevention efforts and we’re asking our members to be totally transparent with each other when it comes to their health. Additionally, UrbanSitter has dedicated resources to implement new tools and features to navigate care during this time.
Essential worker badges
UrbanSitter has implemented Essential Worker badges on job posts to highlight the needs of essential workers. The badge will identify families who have self-identified as essential workers per their local government, such as health care providers, grocery store employees, and government workers. While posting a job, families can indicate that they are an essential worker and add COVID-19 related screening questions for caregivers to answer, such as Would you be willing to have your temperature taken upon arrival at our home?
Caregivers will see the purple cross badge on a family's job post:
COVID-19 vaccine badges
Families and caregivers can add a COVID-19 vaccine badge to their profile to show they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. To add your badge, navigate to your profile screen on a web browser (apps coming soon!), scroll to the COVID-19 Vaccine section, click edit, select the boxes to agree to the terms, and click Save.
Profiles with the COVID-19 vaccine badge have:
- Certified that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are willing to provide proof of a current COVID-19 vaccine, if requested by a member of the UrbanSitter platform.
- Given consent for UrbanSitter to display that they are willing to provide proof of a current COVID-19 vaccine on their profile.
To see if a family has the COVID-19 vaccine badge, click their profile photo to see their full profile.
Willing to work with one family
In the Rates section of the caregiver profile, caregivers can now select if they're willing to work with one family exclusively, given a weekly hours commitment. Working with one family as part of a "quaranteam" may be a good option for caregivers who wish to minimize their risk but secure income.
Some families may feel comfortable working with just one caregiver during this time, but don't want to limit their job opportunities. To keep caregivers supported, families can indicate on their part or full-time job post they're willing to commit to a guaranteed minimum number of paid hours per week. With all compensation and care arrangements, we encourage members to engage in clear and fair communication so both parties' needs are met.
With school and business closures and shelter-in-place orders, many families are juggling working from home or in an essential service industry, homeschooling, and entertaining their children. Virtual care or remote babysitting has become a viable option for some UrbanSitter families! Caregivers can indicate they're willing to provide virtual care on their profile in the Special Situations section or in their About Me. Get to know some of these caregivers here!
To start searching for remote care services, we suggest families post a job detailing your expectations of a caregiver. For remote childcare, an adult must be physically present with the children receiving care. Read here for virtual care guidelines and tips and please tell us how your job goes here!