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HelpingHero Launch New Service To Dramatically Reduce The Cost Of Child Care


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 14 September 2006: With costs for child care and babysitting rising steeply and demand outstripping supply in many places, families are looking for new ways to solve the child care crisis. The community solution of swapping services between families has many benefits including having no direct costs but has been difficult to manage in practice. Today HelpingHero launches a new service that makes the process of community based service swapping easy and practical for all families.

Since the first formal babysitting co-op was created 20 years by the University Place Babysitting Co-op near Seattle Washington the concept of community based childcare has been adopted by countless families around the world. While it has solved the problem of finding low cost, high trust, childcare there has always been a substantial cost in member time to manage the process. HelpingHero automates the process and opens up community based childcare to many more families.

Tracey Ah Hee (Managing Director of HelpingHero) noted that ďAs a working mum with two young children I was at the end of her tether trying to balance work, family and household chores so I created to regain my work/life balance.Ē

ďA Babysitting coop is a great idea but I just didnít have the time needed to manage it so I decided to automate the process and HelpingHero was born. After creating the basic babysitting co-op service, people asked us about other services and so we expanded the service list to include pet sitting and house-sitting.Ē continued Ms. Ah Hee.

In launching this service HelpingHero has made it practical to make the switch to community based childcare for many families, easing the burden of rising childcare costs. HelpingHero handles the entire process making it easy to manage the entire childcare process from booking to point transactions.

About HelpingHero
HelpingHero ( is the community approach to solving the babysitting, pet sitting and house sitting needs of families. HelpingHero members can share services within their trusted community and without expensive sitting fees in an easy, fair and reciprocal way. Using the HelpingHero website, members can manage the entire process of requesting, confirming and managing service swaps, tracking point costs and transaction using a centrally managed facility.


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