A Remarkable Approach to the Art of Babysitting

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Community-Based Babysitting

We, the sitters of Swiss Cheese, believe that securing exceptional in-your-home childcare on an as-needed basis should be simple, safe & reliable. Ours is a participatory collective built on a foundation of care, communication, community & compassion

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Sometimes your child care looks like Swiss Cheese!


We are a team of vetted childcare providers available as needed. Those on our team are handpicked for our reputation, creativity, and kid­ caring abilities. We are Trustline certified, maintain current CPR certification and have passed an extensive screening process. In addition, we commit and are held accountable to The Swiss Cheese Code of Ethics.

As a team we meet periodically for collaboration, training and discussion. We define Swiss Cheese Childcare as childcare needed 3 times a week or less (Or when you need full­-time short-­term coverage). These could be date nights, sick care, short­-term care during life transitions (a new baby, one parent is on a business trip, etc), fill in for your nanny or other “irregular” childcare situations.

Mission Statement.
The Bay Area Babysitters united around one goal: provide extraordinary in­-home childcare to families while weaving a network in our neighborhoods that strengthens the community.

Vision Statement.
Create and maintain an engaging childcare service that supports parents, builds community, and creates jobs.  Provides unparalleled service to local families for locating and working with babysitters

Anti-Discrimination Policy.
Swiss Cheese Childcare does not discriminate vetting sitters or accepting clients on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. We ask that our sitters and clients also abide by this policy.

What’s The First Step?

Complete the online registration form. We’ll give you call and get the process started!


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Serving Berkeley and Surrounding North, Oakland and Surrounding South, San Francisco, and New “Walnut Creek”

We are usually in the office checking the phones and email in the mornings. We are also almost always available via text and email.

Phone for Voice: (510) 629-­1949

Phone for Text: (510) 282-­4889

As a New Mom...

“Anything that removes tasks and worries from my list is a very good thing. After talking to Vicki I felt that I could totally trust her and by extension any one she sent over. I also like that it was just one phone call to make.”

Swiss Cheese is a Good Value

“It’s the right service for the right price. I have full confidence that Swiss Cheese not only finds capable sitters, but sitters that are appropriate for my family’s needs and are generally normal, honest people.”

Involved, Attentive Care

“My daughter receives top notch care. Each sitter from Swiss Cheese, including Vicki herself, has been affable, bright and intelligent and overall a pleasure to interact with.”