FAQ for Nannies & Sitters


Related Pages: Subscribing as a Nanny or Sitter ... About the Childcare Listing ... Nanny/Babysitter Scam ... High School & College Students


Questions


How do I post a message?

Once you are a subscriber, click 'Post a message' in the main menu on our website or go to your account page and click the Post button. Then click 'Nannies & Sitters Offering Care' and fill out the form.

Note you can also post to Marketplace. Posting to the other newsletters is restricted to parents only (for Q&A) or to schools and businesses (for Announcements.)


How often can I post?

Your post will be published for 30 days on the BPN website, and then you can post again.  Please do not post more than once in a 30 day period.


How do I update or delete my post?

Unpublish your post (instructions here) and then you can post a new one if you like.


Where can parents see my post?

Your post will be reviewed by a moderator first. Once it is approved, your post will be published on our website for 30 days. Parents can view posts from nannies in two places on the BPN website:
  1. In the main menu, under "Childcare & Preschools" select "Nannies & Sitters Available."
  2. In the main menu, under "Listings & Postings" select "Nannies & Sitters Available."

The weekly Childcare newsletter contains all new nanny postings received during the previous week.  It is mailed on Sunday, so post before Sunday to be included in this week's newsletter. See About Childcare Postings for more info about the newsletter.


Hints for posting about your childcare services

Posting on the website:

1. The "Title" on your post should be clear and specific. Only the title appears in the newsletter, not the full post.  Parents will click on the title to read your post. If they don't understand your title, or it is too vague, they may not read your post. 

  • Don't make a title with only 1 or 2 words, such as "Nanny" or "Babysitter Available."
  • Do include key information about yourself in your title such as languages you speak, or your experience, or whether you can work full time or part time.  - see examples below.
  • Don't misspell any words in the title - check it twice! If parents don't understand your title, they won't read your post.

Here are some examples of GOOD titles: 

  • "Spanish-speaking nanny available full time"
  • "Experienced nanny available afternoons in Lamorinda"
  • "Part-time nanny available Tuesday & Thursday"
  • "College student offering babysitting this summer"
  • "Albany High student is available on weekends"

2. Your post should give details about you, and about your background and experience.

  • Languages: Mention any languages besides English that you speak fluently. Many parents want their children to be exposed to other languages, and many parents speak other languages besides English.  If English is not your first language, say how proficient you are.
  • Experience: Say how many years you have been providing childcare, for what ages, and for how many children at a time. If you are just starting out, mention other experience you have, such as working at a daycare, church nursery, or summer camp, or caring for your own children or younger siblings.  
  • Students: If you are subscribed as a student, say where you go to school and what year you are, and write a sentence about yourself, such as your hobbies, interests, or talents. 
  • Flexibility: If you have a flexible schedule, be sure to say this in your post. For example if you are available early in the morning, or can stay later, or you can provide childcare on short notice, you should mention this. If you only want full time work, or can only work part-time, mention this in your post too, such as "I am looking for at least 35 hours a week" or "I am only available on Tuesdays & Thursdays." 
  • Where do you want to work?  Most of our subscribers live in the East Bay, so if this is your target area, you don't need to mention it in your post.  But there are parents looking for childcare in other areas such as San Francisco, Lamorinda, and the South Bay. If you are looking for work in areas outside the East Bay, be sure to mention this in your post.  
  • Do you drive? If you have a driver's license, or you have your own car, be sure to mention this in your post. Many parents are looking for someone who can drive the family's car or the nanny's own car and will want to see your driver's license. If you will bicycle or use public transportation to get to work, also mention that.
  • Special training & certifications: If you have a college degree or you've taken first aid or CPR or any early childhood education classes, you should include this information in your post. Are you TrustLine certified? Are you up to date on your vaccinations? Parents are interested in this so be sure to mention it.
  • References: Please do NOT include any names, phone numbers or email addresses of former employers in your post.  Instead, say "I can provide references of other families I have worked for" or similar.

Sending a message to a parent who is looking for childcare:

1. Read parents' posts every few days in "Parents Seeking Childcare" to see if there are any parents looking for someone like you.

2. Send them a message by clicking the contact link at the end of their post.  This will send an email directly to their email inbox.

3. The Subject on your message should be clear and informative. If they get a lot of email, your message may be overlooked if the Subject is too vague, such as "hello" or "nanny". Instead use a more descriptive subject.  Examples: 
  • "Spanish-speaking nanny available for the hours you need"
  • "I'm available to nanny for you in March" 
  • "Responding to your request on BPN for a nanny in Orinda"

4. Your message should give details about you, about your background and experience. See above for examples.  Many nannies have prepared text ready that they can include in each new message.

5. Personalize each message you send. Directly address any requirements the parent listed in their post. For example:
  • If the parent is looking for someone to start immediately, say when you can start.
  • If they are looking for specific days or times, confirm that these are the days/times that you can work.
  • If they require a driver's license, CPR, vaccinations, etc. confirm whether you have these.

6. Save a copy of each message you send.  There is a box you can check on the message form.  If the Subject on your message is specific, you will be able to find it later more easily.


Is it OK to post messages for friends and family members who are also nannies?

No.  Your BPN account is for your posts alone.  It is not fair to the other nannies who have purchased subscriptions for your friends to post for free. They need to instead purchase their own subscription on BPN. Subscribers who violate this rule may lose their posting privileges.


Why don't nannies have a profile page with permanent reviews like daycares?

BPN permanently archives reviews only for businesses, organizations, and individuals who have a publicly available license such as a business license, daycare license, or other professional license.  Postings from non-licensed individuals such as nannies and babysitters can only be viewed by BPN subscribers, and they are published on the website for 30 days only.  Here is why:  1)  We want to protect the privacy of individuals who work in someone's home.  2) Licensed businesses tend to be in business for the long-term, and have more frequent openings,  so a parent searching for one of these businesses using archived reviews on the website is more likely to find a match.