Posting to the Childcare Listing

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About the Childcare Listing

How to Post to the Childcare Listing


What is the Childcare listing?

The Childcare listing is a list of messages posted during the past 30 days by nannies and parents who are offering, seeking, or recommending in-home childcare. Typically there are around 250 current posts in the listing at any given time. These posts can only be viewed by BPN subscribers who are logged in to the BPN website. Subscribers can also sign up to receive the weekly Childcare newsletter which includes new messages that were posted during the past week. 
View the Childcare listing: 

Note: The Childcare listing does not include childcare centers or preschools. Announcements about current openings at these facilities, as well as at daycares, appear in the Announcements listing. Parents' reviews of daycares, childcare centers and preschools are public on the BPN website and can be viewed and posted on the facility's profile page. See "Childcare & Preschools" in the main menu above to search for one of these facilities.

What types of posts are accepted?

Parents who are looking for childcare:  

  • Seeking a nanny share: You are looking for another family that already has a nanny and wants to share.
  • Seeking full-time nanny or caregiver: Looking for care 40 hours a week or close to it.
  • Seeking nanny/tutor for school-aged kids: Looking for after-school tutoring and babysitting.
  • Seeking part-time, short-term, or occasional sitter: Date-night babysitters, back-up childcare, temporary or short-notice sitters.
  • Seeking before-school or after-school help: A nanny or sitter who can come early and take your child to school, or pick them up after school and bring them home or to other activities, start dinner, help with homework, etc.
  • Seeking live-in caregiver: Looking for a live-in nanny.
  • Seeking a daycare: You are looking for someone who provides childcare in their own home for 6-14 children and is licensed

Parents who have a nanny to share, or are recommending a nanny:

  • Parent offering nanny share: You have a nanny, and you're looking for another family to share. Note if you are offering your own childcare services to another parent, you must be subscribed as a nanny, even though you are a parent. See Parents offering to babysit.
  • Parent recommending a caregiver: Recommend your nanny to other parents. Your post should clearly convey that you have first-hand experience with the nanny caring for your child.

Note: Please do not use the Childcare listing to find jobs for friends and relatives. Instead, let them know they can purchase a nanny subscription and post to BPN themselves. Parents who recommend the same nanny more than 5 times will be asked to use other sites or help the nanny purchase a subscription.

Posts from Childcare Providers:

  • Nanny offering care: Nannies looking for a full-time or part-time job providing childcare in the home of the child.
  • Part-time, occasional, or student sitter available: High school and colleges and other caregivers offering care for date nights or weekends, or available on short notice or for short-term and temporary care.
  • Childcare referral & placement services: Agencies and consultants that help parents find babysitters, nannies or au pairs can subscribe to BPN as a business or organization and post to the Childcare listing in this section. Business and organization subscribers can also post announcements about their services. See Childcare Referral Agencies for information.

See Also: Hints for nannies for posting

How often can I post?

  • Nannies & babysitters can have one active post in the listing at a time. The post will be published for 30 days, after which you can post again if you are still looking for jobs. If you need to update a published post, can unpublish it and post again.

  • Parents can have two active posts in the listing, but they must be about different things. For example, a request for a nanny as well as a request for a nanny share.  Parents may not recommend the same nanny more than 3 times in the same year, nor more than 5 times total on BPN. Instead, please ask the nanny to purchase a nanny subscription so she can post herself.

Hints for posting to the Childcare listing

To get the best response to your posting, we recommend the following: 

  • Make sure you post under the correct category.  "Seeking a nanny share" and "Offering a nanny share" have two different audiences so your post may not be read if you use the wrong category.
  • Be aware that most nannies want to work close to 40 hours a week. If you need fewer than 30 hours a week, consider a student or a nanny share and post in that category.
  • The posts that get the best responses contain specific information about hours, days, and location. But flexibility is important if you are looking for a share or a part-time nanny.
  • Make sure the title on your post is also specific. Only the title and your city appear in the newsletter. Include the hours/days and your neighborhood in the title. 
  • If you are looking for a teenage sitter, please read Advice about Teen Sitters for info about what to look for and what you can expect.
  • See Hints for parents for posting for more suggestions
Nannies & Sitters
Still not getting any responses?  
If you are not getting much of a response after you've posted twice, please use other resources beside BPN.  Here are some suggestions:

Who can post to the Childcare listing?

  1. Parents can post to "Parents Seeking, Offering, or Recommending Childcare".  Parents can offer a nanny share or recommend a nanny, but they cannot offer their own services as a nanny.  See Parents offering to babysit for more info.
  2. Nannies & babysitters can post to "Nannies & Sitters Offering Care" as long as they have purchased a nanny subscription (teenagers may subscribe for free.) For more information about subscribing as a nanny, see FAQ for Nannies & Sitters.
  3. Childcare referral agencies can post to "Nannies & Sitters Offering Care" in the category "Childcare referral services" if they have subscribed as a business or non-profit organization. See Childcare Referral Agencies & Consultants for more information about how to subscribe.

Note: Daycares, preschools, and childcare centers don't post to the Childcare listing.  Instead, they can post an Announcement in the category "Preschools & Daycares with Openings" or an Event in the category "Tours & Open Houses."   Parents can post "Seeking a daycare" and parents or daycares can reply. Parents can also post a review of a daycare or preschool by navigating to their profile page on BPN and filling out the Parent Review.  Please contact us if you want to post a review of a facility that does not have a profile page on BPN.

How do I post to the Childcare listing?

Login to your account and click "Post a Message." 

You must have an account on this website, so subscribe first if you haven't already.  BPN accepts childcare postings from parents, as well as these Community Subscribers: nannies, teens, and childcare referral agencies. If you live in the SF Bay area, you can subscribe to BPN. For details about posting, see "How to Post a Message or a Review."  

Parents Seeking, Offering, or Recommending Childcare

  • Parents who are looking for childcare, recommending a nanny, or looking for other parents to share their nanny.

Nannies & Sitters Offering Care

  • This section is for nannies, babysitters, and childcare referral agencies who have purchased a Community Subscription. Subscriptions are free for teenagers in middle school or high school. If you are a parent and you are offering childcare, you still need to purchase a nanny subscription. See Parents offering to babysit for more info.  Please read About BPN Community Subscribers for information about paid subscriptions.

When will my post be published?

All posts are reviewed by a moderator first before being published, which is typically within 1-3 days. Occasionally moderators get busy -- they are all parents who volunteer on BPN in their "spare" time.  They may not have a chance to review new posts until just before the next Childcare newsletter is mailed on Sunday. There can also be a delay if there was a problem with your post, and the moderator needs to correspond with you. But all pending posts are always reviewed just before we mail the newsletter.  Since most subscribers wait for the newsletter to read new posts, your post will be seen, even if several days have elapsed between the time you posted and time it was reviewed by a moderator.  In the worst case, which is rare but can happen, if you post just after a Childcare newsletter was mailed, and the moderator doesn't review it until just before the next newsletter, there could be a 7 day wait for your post to be reviewed. You can check your account page to see the status of your post -- click "my account" on the BPN website. 

How do I reply to a post or send a message?

Scroll to the end of the post and click the "Contact" link. If you are reading the newsletter, click on a post to view the full post on the BPN website first. You will need to be logged in to your BPN account to read the post. 

When is the Childcare newsletter mailed?

The Childcare newsletter is mailed on Sunday.  The newsletter contains a list of "new" postings (posted during the past week.)  All posts remain published on the website for 30 days unless the author unpublishes them before that.  The moderator will catch up on all pending posts before sending out the newsletter each week, so post before Sunday to get your post into this week's newsletter.

Why don't I see my post on the website/in the newsletter?

Look at your account page to view the status of your post. (Click 'my account' at the top of any page.)

  • Awaiting Moderation: Your post hasn't been reviewed yet, All posts are reviewed by a BPN moderator. When your post is approved, it will be published to the website and will appear in the next newsletter. It can take up to 7 days before the moderator reviews your post. However, usually they are reviewed within 2 or 3 days, and the moderator will catch up on all pending posts before mailing the newsletter. 

  • Approved: Your post was approved by the moderator and will remain published on the website for 30 days unless you unpublish it before that. After 30 days your post expires and you can post again. The Childcare newsletter includes "new" posts from the past week, so your post will appear in the next newsletter after you post, but not again after that.

  • Not Approved: Your post was not approved by the moderator and is not published on the website. You should have received an email from BPN that explains why. If not, contact us.

  • Unpublished usually means that you unpublished your post, but occasionally moderators unpublish posts, and will send you an explanation.   If you're not sure why, contact us.

Parents offering to babysit

You must purchase a nanny subscription ($35) if you want to offer paid childcare to other parents on BPN. Your free parent subscription cannot be used for this, and can result in cancelation of your subscription.  See "I am a parent who is offering childcare - do I need to purchase a subscription?" (Note childcare swaps between parents where no money changes hands do not require a nanny subscription - post under "Seeking childcare swap.")  

License requirements: You do not need a daycare license to provide childcare in your own home as long as you are only caring for children from one other family besides your own. However, if you care for more than one other family's kids, you must be licensed as a daycare, and BPN cannot accept your post. For information about the daycare license, see About Childcare Licensing in California.