About the Childcare Listing
Posting to the Childcare Listing
- Find nannies & babysitters (nannies offering childcare, and parents offering a nanny share or recommending a nanny)
- Parents seeking childcare
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.
Posts from Parents:
- Seeking a daycare: You are looking for someone who provides childcare in their own home for 6-14 children and is licensed by the State as a Family Childcare Home.
- Seeking a nanny or nanny share: You are looking for a nanny, or you're looking for another family that has a nanny and wants to share.
- Seeking occasional babysitter: Date-night babysitters, back-up childcare, temporary or short-notice sitters.
- Seeking before-school or after-school care: 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 childcare swap: You're looking for another parent who wants to take turns watching each other's children and no money is changing hands. Babysitting co-ops can post here too as long as no one is paying anything.
- Seeking live-in childcare: Looking for a live-in 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 sitter or nanny: Recommend your nanny to other parents. Your post should clearly convey that you have first-hand experience with the nanny caring for your child. 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.
See also: Hints for parents for posting
Posts from Childcare Providers:
- Nanny offering care: Nannies looking for a full-time or part-time regular job.
- Occasional babysitter offering care: Teen babysitters, students, and other caregivers offering care for date nights or weekends, or available on short notice or for short-term and temporary care.
- Childcare referral 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
BPN does not accept posts about childcare that requires a license but doesn't have one. This includes:
- Nanny shares that take place in the nanny's home. This is a Home-Based Daycare situation that requires a site license. Exception: a license is not required if the nanny cares for only one other family's children besides his/her own.
- Nanny shares that take place at a site that is not someone's home. This is considered to be a Childcare Center or Preschool and requires a site license.
- Nanny shares that are planned, organized and run by the nanny rather than one of the parents. For example, an announcement from a nanny who is recruiting parents for regularly-scheduled childcare with pre-determined hours. Nanny shares need to be organized by the parents.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
All posts are reviewed by a moderator which usually takes 2-3 days. You can check your account page to see the status of your post -- click "my account" on the BPN website.
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.
The Childcare newsletter is mailed on Sundays. 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.
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 if you like. 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. The most common reason for rejection is posting the same message more than once in a 30 day period.
Unpublished usually means that you unpublished your post, but occasionally moderators unpublish posts, and will send you an explanation.
Childcare postings remain published on the website for 30 days, so we don't accept more than one post in a 30-day period.
- Please do not post the same message repeatedly. If you aren't getting a response to your post, see Hints about posting to Childcare.
- Please do not unpublish a post that is less than 30 days old in order to submit a newer post with the same information.
Parents: please do not post a review of the same nanny more than 3 times in the same year. If your nanny is having trouble finding a job, please try other resources besides BPN (see below.)
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.
We sometimes get email from parents who want to report on a babysitter they have seen neglecting her charges, or behaving in some other objectionable way. It is BPN's policy not to publish messages like this, and we cannot accept postings that seek to contact the parents who hired the babysitter.
If you feel that you have witnessed child abuse or neglect by a parent or a sitter or anyone else, please report it immediately to Child Protective Services, or to the local police. This is the very best way to protect the child. Here are some phone numbers that might be of assistance:
- Child Protective Services(Alameda County): (510)259-1800
- Berkeley Police: (510)644-5658
- Oakland Police: (510)238-3333
BPN is NOT the right place to report abuse or neglect. Please instead contact an agency that can protect children in danger.
If what you have observed is not abuse or neglect, such as a someone speaking unkindly to a child, or not attending to them closely enough, then BPN recommends that you offer to assist, or else say nothing. This is because: 1) There is a range of parenting styles. What some of us consider "child-centered attachment parenting" others consider "over-protective" and "helicopter parenting." 2) No one is perfect. We all lose control sometimes and yell or speak harshly to children, or take our attention away from them long enough for trouble to ensue.
Please assume the best and leave it alone unless you have reason to believe the child is in danger, in which case you should either offer to help, or contact an agency that can protect the child.
To get the best response to your posting, we recommend the following:
Make sure the title on your post is specific. Include the days you're looking for and your neighborhood in the title.
Make sure you are posting to the correct section. Your post may not be read if it appears in the wrong section.
The posts that get the best response contain specific information about hours and days needed, and hourly rate for the nanny.
If you are looking for a nanny share, be specific about the hours and days you need, but keep in mind that the more flexible you can be about hours and locality, the better response you will get.
If you are looking for a nanny, be aware that most nannies want to work full time. If you need fewer than 30-35 hours a week, be prepared to arrange a share with other families who can provide the nanny with additional hours.
- 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.