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Adhoc (On-Demand)

AdhocCARE Service Introduction

AdhocCARE is for families that require occasional, irregular, on demand bookings of a childcare or home support professionals for periods ranging from 3 to 21 hours in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria. With this service, you can book a babysitter, night nurse, au pair, PA, professional nanny (ECD practitioner) or infant care specialist to assist you when you need it.
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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?
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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 09h00 and 16h00. For emergency bookings please send your requirements via WhatsApp to +27746560469 to check availability before placing your request.
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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


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? Explore our fixed term and flexi term services here and save>

The AdhocCARE 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 AdhocCARE Club to save from 20% to 50% on service fees per hour, when compared to Pay-as-you-Go Services 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

Rates range from R 100 to R 280 per hour including agency service fees, depending on the number, ages of children, experience (keep in mind mature staff will be highly experienced) and education level required to fulfil the requirements of the requested service provider.

AdhocCARE Club

  • 3 Month Contract: R 650 per month
  • 6 Month Contract: R 550 per month
  • 12 Month Contract: R 450 per month 
*Get a further 20% discount off your contract price if paying for your full contract duration on sign up.
  • 2 Primary and 1 Priority booking per month at no additional agency booking fee


  • 3 Primary bookings per month

Additional Booking Credit Pricing:

  • Primary Booking Credits: R 150 per booking credit
  • Priority Bookings Credits: R 300 per booking credit
Anytime CARE
Includes up to 22 booking credits per month 

Monthly Contracts
  • 3 Month Contract:  R 1800 per month

  • 6 Month Contract:  R 1300 per month

  • 12 Month Contract: R 1000 per month 

Service Provider Fees

Quoted at an hourly rate dependent on:
  • The Number and Ages of Children
  • Duties and Needs of Children
  • Service Area | City
  • Experience Level Required to deliver services requested
  • Education Level Required to deliver services requested
  • Hours Required | Duration of Contract
*Rates generally range from R 100 to R 280 per hour
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Types of Sitters Available for AdhocCARE

The following candidates are all available for your babysitting needs. Click on the below candidate types to see additional requirements or find out more about the type of carer, their roles and responsibilities:

  • Infant Care
  • Night Nurses
  • ECD Practitioners
  • Au pairs
  • PA-Au pairs
  • Governesses 
  • Chaperones 
  • 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 pairs | Home Managers

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

    • We do not allow clients to interview candidates for babysitting services as we cannot guarantee the same candidate will be available on each occasion. All candidates have been professionally screened for you. On your first booking we will instead provide a number of candidates’ profiles for you to choose from. We recommend you choose your two favorite 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.
    • When making daytime, weekday bookings, it is important to understand that candidates available to assist you are those currently seeking work long term, or simply available for a few days for whatever reason.

    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 candidate booked every time.

    How much notice should I provide for my first booking?

    • We recommend 2 to 5 working days’ notice in order to provide us sufficient time to source candidates for you to choose from, however we have been known to supply service in as little as 2 hours.

    If my babysitter is present for 2 hours and 30 minutes, do I pay less for the last hour?

    • No. Fees are paid on an hourly basis, no concessions.

    Who do I pay?

    • Monthly fees are paid to Sitters4U. 
    • Babysitting (after hours and weekends) fees are paid in cash to the sitter directly on completion of the booking.
    • Short term placement candidate fees are paid to Sitters4U for processing and are paid on confirmation of booking.

    How do cancellations work?

    • Cancellations will still be deducted from your available bookings as the booking fees cover our cost in making the booking and providing you with ongoing access to suitable candidates.

    Must I contact Sitters4U to make a booking or do I call the sitter directly?

    • You must always contact Sitters4u before contacting any sitter.

    How do I make a booking after I am registered as a client?

    • Bookings may be made by logging onto our website, signing in using your email address in the top right hand corner of the website. You will automatically be taken to the ‘make a booking page’ when logging in, or you may also send an email with the date, start time, expected end time and booking address to

    Is there a minimum booking time?

    • Yes, the minimum booking time is 3 hours

    Do I pay more the night before a public holiday or on a public holiday?

    • Yes, rates double from 6pm the night before a public holiday and on public holidays

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