Subscribing as a Nanny or Babysitter



 Who can subscribe as a nanny?

  • Professional nannies who travel to the child's own home to provide childcare
  • Individuals who provide childcare in their own home for one other family (see "I am providing childcare in my own home")
  • High school & college students who provide childcare in the child's own home (see Subscribing as a Full-Time Student)
  • Postpartum doulas who provide childcare and support after the birth of a baby in the child's home (see Subscribing as a Doula)

I am a parent who is offering childcare

You do need to purchase the $35 nanny subscription even though you are a parent (or grandparent).  Your parent subscription is free, but you can't use it to offer paid services of any kind to other subscribers, per BPN's policy about Advertising and Self-Promotion. The only way to offer paid services such as childcare on BPN is to purchase a community subscription.  Click here to purchase a nanny subscription

NOTE: If you use your free parent account to contact other subscribers to offer paid childcare, and you have not purchased a nanny subscription, your parent account will be disabled until we receive a paid subscription from you. BPN relies on paid subscriptions to cover our operating costs so we can keep subscriptions free for parents.  It's also not fair to the hundreds of nanny subscribers who have paid $35 to post, if people can subscribe for free as a parent and then look for a childcare job by messaging people privately. Therefore when we do discover that private messages offering childcare have been sent from a parent account, we disable the account and we don't activate it again until we get a nanny subscription from that account. 


I am providing childcare in my own home

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 children from more than one other family, you must be licensed as a home daycare, and BPN cannot accept your nanny subscription. See Subscribing as a Daycare for information about purchasing a daycare subscription. For information about the daycare license, see About Childcare Licensing in California.


I am providing childcare at a park or other site that is not someone's home

Childcare that is provided anywhere other than in the child's own home is required to be licensed, with the exception of an individual who provides childcare in their own home for only one other child. Therefore, to post about this type of childcare on BPN, you must be licensed as a daycare or preschool and BPN cannot accept a nanny subscription from you.


How can I find a job as a nanny or babysitter on Berkeley Parents Network?

Subscribe to BPN as a nanny.  It is $35 for one year (it is free for full-time students.)

Once your subscription is approved, you will be able to post about your availability every 30 days in our listing "Nannies & Sitters Available." Your subscription is for one year. You will have access to read posts from parents who are looking for childcare in our listing "Parents Seeking Childcare."  Parents who read your post can message you privately, and you can also send messages to parents who are looking for childcare. All new posts are included in the weekly Childcare newsletter which is mailed every Sunday.


What are the benefits of purchasing a subscription?

Your nanny subscription allows you to:


Is it worth it for me to subscribe? 

BPN is the primary resource that local parents use to find a nanny or nanny share.  As of 2021 BPN has more than 37,000 subscribers, including around 400 paid nanny subscribers.  BPN's Childcare listing is one of the most active listings on our website. Typically the listing contains 250 posts received during the past 30 days. About half of the posts are from parents who are looking for a nanny or babysitter, and the other half are either from nannies offering childcare, or from parents recommending their nanny or offering a nanny share.  Posts remain published for 30 days, and can be searched by city, language spoken, and specific categories such as "Seeking live-in childcare" or "Parent offering a nanny share."  New posts received during the past week are included in the weekly Childcare newsletter which is mailed on Sunday.  


How do I subscribe?

Click 'subscribe' in the upper right corner of our website, or go directly to the subscribe page for nannies.  BPN uses Paypal to pay for subscriptions.  Please read Paying for a BPN Subscription for information about how this works. Your subscription will expire after one year and you will have the chance to subscribe again if you wish.


Do I need to subscribe if I only want to read postings from parents looking for a nanny?

Yes. You will need to subscribe as a nanny if you want to view postings from parents who are looking for childcare. 


Can parents post reviews of me?

Yes, we accept reviews from parents that you have worked for if they are BPN subscribers. Nanny reviews are published on our website for 30 days, and they can be viewed by parent subscribers who are looking for a nanny.


Can I use my account to post about friends and family members who babysit?

No.  Your account is only to post about your own services.  Your friends and family members should purchase their own subscription. Your subscription will be terminated if you use it to post about other people.