Babysitter booking moves online
A Hamilton babysitter is just a click of a mouse away now thanks to an enterprise scheme and a group of high school students.
Just Kidding Babysitting allows parents to book someone to care for their child online, and was created by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls students under the Young Enterprise Scheme.
Parents are guaranteed a hand-picked senior Dio student who has completed a first aid course and a babysitting course.And there's room for special interests, 16-year-old director Phoebe Havill said.
''Parents can also choose things like if they would like their child to have music help or homework help, or sports help as well. That can come with part of our babysitting,'' she said.
The group had many ideas for Young Enterprise projects and this one came from a business mentor, Havill said.
''It's been really cool. We have got to know everyone in our group really well and our babysitters. It's just been really interesting to learn how you can create a successful business.''
At the moment, the business has eight directors and a pool of around 20 babysitters, and has already had its first bookings.
The eight directors each put the same amount into a set-up fund, giving them several hundred dollars to get going, said director Grace Reid, also 16.
''We've got to be yes and no, very clear to certain things that you need and don't need.''
At first Reid was worried about the time Young Enterprise would take up but is now glad she took part, and has enjoyed moments like seeing the first booking come through.
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is about entrepreneurship and generally attracts 200-300 students from Waikato and King Country each year, regional organiser Mary Jensen said.
''Some of them [students] come to it because they have got that kind of spirit ... It's about people who are willing to give things a go. And it's real stuff.''
The Smart Waikato Trust of which Jensen is chief executive has been running the year-long programme in the region for the past four years.
And Jensen wants to see more entrepreneurial opportunities for the students who are the employers, businesspeople and innovators of the future.
Just Kidding Babysitting will be launching their service - justkiddingbabysitting.co.nz - in Chartwell Square this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.
On August 16 young entrepreneurs from around the region will showcase their products at the Hamilton Night Markets from 5-11pm.
- Waikato Times