Meet the Matchmaker
St Albans Sitters was conceived in 2010 when Gabriella, the director, was 18 and doodling in her university notebook during a seminar.
She designed the logo for ‘St Albans Sitters’ and thought about creating a referral network of babysitters; as she was receiving many requests from St Albans families that she was not able to keep up with demand and hated disappointing people and their plans!
Being a trustworthy and reliable babysitter were skills that she was proud of and envisioned a service were she could give babysitters the ‘seal of approval’ and recommend the same level of service that she herself would strive to provide.
Like with any creative thought, it was quickly brushed aside as she decided to focus on her degree and building her career in Early Years.
Fast forward 10 years and Gabriella has a family of two young children whilst co-running Mount Carmel Kindergarten, a local leading nursery school in St Albans.
She is frequently asked “Do you know any babysitters?” whilst understanding herself the need for a trusting babysitter with her own children.
Gabriella realises the importance for ‘safe recruitment’ when working with children but also understands how to lead a team of people to build positive relationships with families in the community.
2020 was a tough year for everyone, being stripped of our social connections and our plans that help us have a healthy work/life balance which has inevitably taken a toll on the majority of peoples mental health. St Albans Sitters was established in 2021 to help families bring the ‘life’ back to the party whilst helping them feel relaxed that their children were with a trusting individual.
We have so many amazing babysitters in our city and young adults that have the skills needed but lack the opportunities to find a job. This ideal first job helps sitters build experience and the essential skills needed in future careers whilst also helps protect them with a pre-booking visit to all new families using the service.
‘St Albans Sitters’ is a local referral service with trust at the heart of it.