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Why does the Japanese government require sitters to be registered?

2018-10-02
Did you know that babysitters that look for work on the internet need to be registered with the government in Japan?
 
It is a new regulation from the Japanese government and CareFinder is one of the few sites in Japan that is properly compliant. We make sure all of the international sitters are registered too.
 

But why does the Japanese government require sitters to be registered with them?

 
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare implemented the registration system in April, 2016 in order to better regulate and guarantee parents the safety of babysitters in Japan. Prior to this, there were no requirements for becoming a babysitter and there were no rules regulating babysitting matching sites which meant that anyone could become a babysitter without even having their identity verified. Furthermore, because privacy laws are strict in Japan, parents as well as babysitting matching sites cannot run background checks on babysitters.
 
This new regulation allows for babysitting matching sites like CareFinder to verify all freelance babysitters' identification and requires freelance babysitters to submit annual reports as well all as accident reports of any accidents that may have occurred during a sitting. It is also a way for the government to make sure that childcare providers are making the necessary preparation for emergencies as well as to encourage them to continue improving their expertise.
 
 

Safety at CareFinder

 
In addition to the government registration system, CareFinder has also put a number of internal processes in place to ensure safety. Nothing is more important to CareFinder than the safety of your children.
 

CareFinder On-boarding Process

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CareFinder doesn't just let anyone sign up as a sitter on CareFinder. The CareFinder team makes sure that all of the sitters have permission to work in Japan and carefully interviews them. If the sitter is located in the Kanto region they need to come into the CareFinder office for an interview or on Skype if outside of the Kanto region. If CareFinder feels the applicant would not make a suitable member of the CareFinder community, CareFinder will decline their application.
 

Babysitting Insurance

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CareFinder has liability insurance from Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance. The insurance covers accidents such as body injuries and property damage that occur during babysitting jobs scheduled on the CareFinder platform. While the likelihood of such accidents occurring is quite low, the insurance gives more peace of mind to CareFinder users.
 

Nothing is more important to CareFinder than the safety of your children.

 
At CareFinder, we are committed to meeting all of your babysitting needs whether you are looking for just an evening babysitter, an international babysitter, a hotel babysitter, a weekend babysitter, an overnight babysitter, a great au pair or a summer babysitter. Sign up today to begin your search!
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