We provide babysitters, nannies (Tallahassee only), homework helpers, and childcare for group events. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 24 hours. Become a client and request a sitter here.
For children... Research has shown* that children who spend time with adult role models grow up to be more emotionally, academically, and socially balanced and successful than peers with fewer adults. In a culture of single-parent households, grandparents who live out-of-state, teachers who are only with students for a year, coaches who are only with players for a season, etc. - it can be difficult to ensure your child is building meaningful relationships with adult role models.
Seminole Sitters recognizes the value of the time we spend with your children. As much as possible, we strive to introduce your family to as few sitters as possible, and ask our sitters to make a long-term commitment to the staff, so they can truly pour into children's lives and develop their trust and overall well-being. Many sitters who have graduated and moved away maintain communication with the families they served. We encourage these extended relationships, as it contributes to our vision for the children.
For parents... We understand that leaving your children with a babysitter is not always easy; our goal is to provide you with peace-of-mind while you're away. Though we have thoroughly vetted each sitter, you are welcomed to request references, resumes, proof of CPR / First Aid certification - and to interview and background check them yourself, as well.
We also believe that healthy marriages mean healthier children; we want to encourage parents to invest time in one another. Complete the form to the right and we'll give you 20% off on your birthday and anniversary; make Date Night a priority again!
For sitters... We ask sitters to make a long-term commitment to families because we know it will benefit the children and parents, as well as the sitters. Many on our staff are undergraduate or graduate students at the local colleges and universities and we want to get them off the campuses and into the community; it's our effort to engage them with all Tallahassee and Clearwater / St. Pete have to offer. We hope to provide a safe and joyful environment for them to increase their experience working with children and send them off with a gem on their resume and a letter of recommendation in hand.
A history of Seminole Sitters...
Mary Mangan accepted her first babysitting job when she was thirteen years old, caring for a neighbor's toddler. She was among the youngest to become CPR and First Aid certified in her area, and continued to babysit long after she moved to Tallahassee in 2003 to study Developmental (Child) Psychology at Florida State University. Soon after moving to the Big Bend, Mary accepted a position as lead teacher in the four-year-old class of a local preschool.
Unfortunately, the Tallahassee preschool proved to be sub-par and Mary realized an important need that existed in the area for dependable and trustworthy childcare. The better preschools had long waiting lists and nearly all Tallahassee nannies were temporary because they moved away after graduating from the local universities. She waited until her students transitioned to kindergarten, then set out on her own to see how she could help.
As her reputation as a reliable Tallahassee babysitter and nanny grew, so did her demand. She hated turning families down, so Mary compiled a list of other local sitters and passed on jobs to them; this noncompetitive attitude gained her the trust of other local sitters while ensuring that no family was left in a bind.
Upon graduating in 2007, Mary focused on expanding her business. Mary's Childcare Services was renamed and incorporated, becoming Seminole Sitters, LLC. In 2014, Seminole Sitters expanded to include Pinellas County (Clearwater / St. Pete) and is operated by Lindsey Peek, who was herself once a Seminole Sitter in Tallahassee. Some "retired" sitters who have moved to other Florida cities after college graduation continue to work with Seminole Sitters as "satellite sitters".
Seminole Sitters today...
Seminole Sitters is as revolutionary and necessary as it has ever been. It is a new kind of babysitting agency. Tallahassee and Clearwater / St. Pete babysitters commit to a long-term relationship with both Seminole Sitters and the families they serve, instead of simply being placed with families; this allows us to ensure the utmost level of quality.
The majority of our business comes from word-of-mouth references; we are the only award-winning babysitters in town, we are the only insured babysitters in town, and we are undoubtedly the best babysitters Tallahassee and Clearwater / St. Pete have to offer.
In an average year, we volunteer over 50 hours to support events like the Fight for Air Walk (benefiting the American Lung Association) and the Buddy Walk (benefiting the Down Syndrome Association). We also regularly donate free babysitting for local school fundraisers and charity auctions. In 2011, we were the top fundraising team in Tallahassee for SCTNow (Stop Child Trafficking Now). Each Christmas, we are consistently a top sponsor of the Guardian ad Litems; our sitters "adopt" local children's wish lists, and we invite the families we serve and those in the community to join us. If you would like to receive an invitation to participate, please sign up for our newsletter on the right side of this page.
Seminole Sitters is here to stay and hopes to contribute great memories to your family's history, too!
* Mentors Enhance Resilience in At-Risk Children and Adolescents, Steven M. Southwick M.D., Charles A. Morgan III M.D., Meena Vythilingam M.D., and Dennis Charney M.D., Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 26 , Iss. 4, 2007
* Resiliency and the Mentoring Factor: Many Resiliency Experts Draw on Their Own Autobiographical Experiences of Surmounting Adversity. A Common Thread in These Works Is the Power of Mentors, Brown, Waln K., Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, Vol. 13, 2004