The presence of the babysitter in children’s lives represented, before Covid-19, a valid help for families who, for work needs, decided to entrust the care of their children to an expert. Many chose to do so from the very first months of the newborn, to postpone the child’s entry to the nursery. Other families, on the other hand, chose babysitting based on the social and educational needs of the children from kindergarten onwards. In short, the figure of the nanny or babysitter has always been important to maintain family balance and allow children to live their experiences peacefully even when their parents are away for work. But how has the figure of the babysitter during Covid? The pandemic has definitely upset the habits of people, understood as individuals and as family groups. And the requests for babysitters, who on balance are strangers from the nucleus formed by mom, dad and children (and in some cases even grandparents), have undergone fluctuations. We have collected data from Sitly , a platform specializing in the online search for babysitters. Who interviewed the parents who, even today, cannot do without the babysitter. Here because.
A recent news from Altroconsumo on fees increased in half of private nurseries involved in a survey, according to the Sitly site is among the causes of the increase in requests for babysitting in Italy, even in the pandemic era. According to the data collected on users registered on the site, 26.4% of searches for babysitters by mom and dad are for infants 0/1 year; while 20% for children aged 2 to 4. Finally, 30.9% for children are part of the elementary school group. Few requests, on the other hand, for children over 10 (8.5%) and very few, on the other hand, for those over 14.
It would have been the increases in particular of private nurseries that would have left the requests for babysitting unchanged in the year of the pandemic. After months of sacrifices, especially in the period of the hard lockdown of March-April 2020, with the parents at home in smart working and children and teens in distance learning, the resumption of school activity in September (in fits and starts and not for all grades) was a moment of relief for many families, on several fronts. The need to bring together everyone’s needs – the working needs of adults and the scholastic needs of children – has led to a failure to downsize the figure of the babysitter.
The Covid-19 babysitter bonus was one of the reasons for the parents’ request
The babysitter bonus was also an accomplice which, in the summer of 2020, allowed many parents of children under 12 to apply for a subsidy to activate babysitting services. The data shows that last year they were 1.3 million babysitter bonus requests and, in the first half of 2020, 270 million euros moved through the Family Booklet, almost 20 times more than in 2019, as reported by the Domina report with INPS data. According to the report of the Domina Association, the babysitter bonus Lombardy (282 thousand) was among the regions with the most requests, followed by Veneto (161 thousand) and Lazio (132 thousand).
There was therefore no less interest in the request for babysitters during the period of the pandemic, at least as regards the data of the research portal. Parents have decided to put family and work balance first, in many cases, by choosing a professional to be integrated into the menage.