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CraigsList and Childcare!

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If you have posted an ad on CraigsList for Childcare from home, how has it worked out for you? This is my first time doing this, and I could use some advice. What did your ad say, how did you go about responding... I've already posted my ad, but just received an email that sounded a Lil fishy. So if you have experience with this, kindly let me know how to go about it.
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I'm not in search for child care... I want to start babysitting from home...
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by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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3gr8tKids
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM
Why would you post on Craig's list for childcare?
Just use Care.com.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Quoting christyg:

I run a daycare from my home and use craigslist all the time. I have even found families in my own neighborhood that I would not have found any other way.

You will get LOTS of spam, especially from someone saying they are coming to your area and want you to watch their kids. They use words like "respectively" and sound very English in their speech. Just delete them! You will know when a "real" parent messages you!

NEVER put your address, or even your intersection! You can give them an approximate location, like a certain school district or a specific neighborhood, but don't give out specific street names!

Are you certified/licensed/registered (whatever your state requires)? That always helps to attract quality families. 


yes, these people will claim they are moving to out country for a month and will pay you a huge am mount of money...just delete them, don't reply.
Ealane2011
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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Craigslist would be the LAST place I would look into for childcare... Too many creeps. I'd try a different alternative

Bigmetalchicken
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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Your avi just made me sick to my stomach. Didn't need to eat that peanut butter cup anyway...

ame85
by Chemistry cat on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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It worked out well for me.  A family contacted me within hours of posting my ad, and we have worked together really well over the last 6 months.

My best advice is to write up a contract with very clear definitions for pay rate, your policies, and such.  If they want to meet you, meet up in a very public place (suggest you two get to know one another over coffee or something) and after that they can come to your home and look at your daycare space. 

Hope that helps, good luck!

momsince04
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM
How do i set up a phone #


Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

I did child care out of my home as well as nanny in others home. I never responded to emails only phone calls. If it sounds fishy do not respond.


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momsince04
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Lol.. Sorry


Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

Your avi just made me sick to my stomach. Didn't need to eat that peanut butter cup anyway...


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christyg
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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LOL! I am a HUGE "stalker" when I get an email from a perspective parent. I will look them up on facebook, linkedin, google, etc. I want to make sure they are a real person and what they are telling me matches up to what I find, before I let them come and visit my daycare. And honestly, I look for pictures of the kids and the home environments as well. You can tell a lot about a child, a parent, and a family from a picture!

Quoting Anonymous:

Quoting momsince04:



First I emailed back and forth with the mom, checked her out by looking up her name on Google, Facebook, and others. Then gave her my phone number, spoke on the phone, and met with her. I watched her 2 kids from birth until they started school, and we still keep in touch. There is also a site called care.com which I like .


Kitsun
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM
I personally wouldn't do craigslist for an ad or looking for a babysitter.
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momsince04
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Wow


Quoting alyssa1:

I babysit I have put ads on cl u do need to be careful and use good judgement and be honest. I have found jobs this way. I got a email about spanking a child it didn't sound right and I thought it was fishy and wrote back saying no matter what they said I was not comfortable spanking a child that isn't mine.

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