Singer Cheryl Cole – who collapsed over the weekend due to a hefty bout of the deadly malaria disease – is currently kidless, yet is the number one teen choice for a celebrity babysitter.
And the devoted father-of-three, David Beckham, features in the top three male sitters.
After England’s defeat at the World Cup last week, at least the sexy sportsman has got something to smile about now. But the boy should beware – teammate Wayne Rooney follows closely behind at number five in the poll.
And not fooling anyone but themselves, teen idol Justin Bieber featured high on girls’ wish list, with over a quarter of girls choosing him as a top carer – yeah right!
Parents aren’t falling for it either…
High on their list of priorities for a babysitter is someone who can keep a firm eye on their children – Super Nanny, Nanny McPhee and Mrs Doubtfire all come out as top choices.
Celebrity mums also rank highly, with Davina McCall, Tess Daly, Kirsty Allsopp and Lorraine Kelly all featuring in the top ten parent choices for a babysitter.
Bizarrely, the children’s TV character Peppa Pig also makes an appearance in the top 10 for fathers.
Annie Keen, Manager at Sitters.co.uk commented: “This research shows that parents and children all look for different things in a babysitter – obviously someone who can be responsible and take charge but who can also be fun and entertaining. The combination of the two would seem to be the ideal.”