Parents of an International Child
As parents of an international child, you must be aware of the problem when your child starts speaking the language of the living country better than your own native language. Do you notice how your children become more unaware of their home culture? No worries, we know the problem, and you are definitely not alone!
You try your best with connecting the children to their cultures and languages, but it can be hard. Parents have to work, and it would be great to have some time for yourself every now and then too. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time to focus on everything.
Luckily, we have created a solution for this! Näpp is here to connect your family with a babysitter (or Näppsitter, as we say), who shares the same cultural background with your kids and is able to speak their mother tongue with them. In this way, parents can enjoy some free time, and don’t have to worry about the kids not hearing the language enough – there is someone who is speaking it with them while you’re gone.
Another important thing to remember is that when you hire someone from the same culture as you, you share the values and norms. You already know what to expect, and you will have fewer communication issues with each other. Eventually, Näppsitter might become an important part of your family!
What We Do
Näpp is here to help you find the matching Näppsitter to your family. We have created different filters to help parents of an international child look for their Näppsitter – the best cultural fit. Most important is, of course, the language filter, when the whole focus of Näpp it to create the connectivity through languages.
You can scroll through the babysitters and see all of them without creating an account, and create an account (including a subscription fee) if you find your perfect cultural matching babysitter. The subscription fee is €15 for 30 days. All the Näppsitter profiles have been checked by the Näpp-team and the people who have confirmed their identity have a green check mark on their profile.
After you have connected with your Näppsitter, you are free to arrange a meeting for an interview or book them right away to babysit your children. You will pay the babysitter after the babysitting is done, either with cash or online bank. The Näppsitters will also be reviewed by parents after the babysitting, so please remember to leave your review too, this will help the future parents, and the Näppsitters themselves.
Hopefully, you will find your perfect cultural match soon! If there is no Näppsitter fitting your needs, you can also contact us through our contact form, and we will look into our network.
Testimonial from a German mom
“We moved to Utrecht from Berlin in late summer of 2017. In my first week in the Netherlands, I was exploring the neighborhood with my little son Jim, who was 1 ½ year then.
We found a super nice playground very near to our house and that is where I met Loviisa. She was playing with a girl same age as my son in a very warm, understanding and fun way, which made me think immediately that I want “somebody like her” as a babysitter for our son.
After a while we made contact and she told me that she is studying in Utrecht and has been a nanny for the little girl already since the girl was a baby, which made their connection so special and close.
After telling her that we are looking for a babysitter for our son, she gave me the contact of a close friend with a lot of babysitting experience that even speaks German. I couldn’t believe my luck.
This is now one year ago and our son loves his babysitter. I would always recommend Loviisa and her agency for anybody looking for a babysitter. The fact, that our babysitter speaks German and helps to expose our son to the German language after going to Dutch daycare is a plus and the perfect match for us.”
Jessi, the first match Loviisa ever made
“We have had a Finnish babysitter, Loviisa since our daughter was 9 months old.
Loviisa has always had free will to decide the schedule of their days, as long as sleeping and eating rhythm doesn’t suffer. She has taken our child to different cafeterias, playgrounds, city, and museums that are suitable for children.
She has a strong connection with our toddler and they have completely “own thing” going on. They learn how to do somersaults, make braids, go eat bagels together, listen to Finnish pop songs, and entertain themselves with Snapchat filters. All this in Finnish, of course.
Hiring a Finnish babysitter has been one of our best decisions. Now almost three-year-old toddler understands Finnish, and speaks it when necessary, even though Dutch is her main language. I am sure, that our investment is good, not only at this moment but also for the long run.
It is nice to have a person around who know who are Moomins, who understands the importance of woolen socks, and Christmas Eve, and helmet while biking. Someone who appreciates Finnish traditions and wants to share them with our child.
While living in a foreign country you run into cultural differences so often, that it is relieving to not always have to explain yourself.”
Satu, Finnish mom who hired Loviisa when she moved to the Netherlands