Mumscircle.com is a completely new FREE service that enables you to get together with other parents, who are also friends, and form your own private circle.
As part of your circle, you will be able to:
- Form your own babysitting circle, enabling you to exchange babysitting with a close group of friends in return for points. Those days of having to pay a stranger to look after your child could be well and truly gone..!
- When you join mumscircle you automatically receive 40 points, which is worth 10 hours of free babysitting.
- Those days of having to pay a stranger to look after your child could be well and truly over..!
- Arrange group nights out/events with other parents
- Connect and share stories amongst your private group of friends
- Get access to a range of exclusive discounts off your favourite parenting stores and restaurants
When you join mumscircle.com, you invite a selected number of close friends, who are also parents, to join your circle.
Each mumscircle is unique to you, and you have full control over who you invite and accept into your circle. Just because you invite a friend to join your circle, whom already has their own mumscircle, you donít inherit their friends, just that person. You have full control over your circle and who you wish to join it.
When you have your circle set up youíll be able to swap babysitting amongst other members of your circle in exchange for points, saving you the cost of a babysitter and ensuring someone you trust is looking after your child.
As a member of a mumscircle, you choose which friends to add to your Ďfriends listí, which makes sure that only your chosen best friends are asked to babysit for you. Similarly, youíll only be asked to babysit for friends who have added you to their list.
The average size for a circle is between four and eight people, but you can have as many people as you like or as few as two to start a circle, including yourself.
You should never invite, or accept an invitation from, someone you donít know.
When you want to request a babysitter, you will just need to input a few details and mumscircle will send out an email on your behalf to your chosen list of contacts within your circle, removing the need for any of your friends to feel obligated to babysit when they might have something else planned. Mumscircle then collates the responses of all available babysitters for you to choose who youíd like to babysit. When you select whom you wish to babysit, weíd suggest you choose the first person to respond to make it fair, but this is entirely your choice.
When you start or join a mumscircle, you automatically earn 40 points to get you started, and you cannot leave the circle until youíve earned your original starting score of 40 points or more.
When a friend babysits, points will automatically be deducted from your account and credited to your friendís account, at midnight of the date the event is scheduled, based on a rate of 4 points an hour (1 point every fifteen minutes). You earn points back, at the same rate, when you babysit for any friend within your circle, which makes it fair. Please note though the minimum call out charge for a babysitter is 4 points, so even if you only need half an hour, you will need to spend a minimum of 4 points.
Q. Can I remove friends who I feel are not contributing to the circle?
A. Yes Ė itís your circle, so you can add and remove friends whenever you like.
Q. If my friend cancels, how can I ensure no points are lost from my account?
A. If your friend cancels with more than 24 hoursí notice, you can cancel your babysitting date through the web site and no points will be transferred out of your account. If your friend cancels with under 24 hoursí notice, youíll need to ask your friend to manually transfer the points back to you, and find an alternative babysitter.
Q. If I have more than one friend who says they are available to babysit, whom should I choose?
A. Itís completely up to you who you want to select to babysit. One thing we would say, is itís often fairer to choose the first person to respond to you, or to select a friend who hasnít had a chance to babysit for awhile. What we would say to you though, who you decide to leave your child with is at your own risk, so make sure you know them and are happy to trust them with looking after your child.
Q. Can I cancel a babysitting request without losing points?
A. If you cancel with more than 24 hoursí notice, you can cancel your babysitting date through the web site (by clicking cancel under view event), and no points will be transferred out of your account. If you cancel with under 24 hoursí notice, youíll need to ask your friend to manually transfer the points back to you, and they may wish to charge you a fee for the late notice (but this will be at the discretion of both you and your friend).
Q. If my babysitting scheduled time over-runs or changes at the last minute, can I manually transfer points over to my friendís account to make up for the additional time?
A. Yes, just go to the transfer points section of the left hand navigation bar.
Q. What if someone doesnít turn up to babysit when they said they would?
A. Youíll need to speak to your friend and ask them to transfer back the points spent. Youíll also need to try and understand why they didnít turn up and, if it becomes a habit, youíll know not to ask them to babysit again. You also may wish to remove them from your circle.
Q. What if someone is not who they say they are?
A. It is your responsibility to verify it is a friend whom youíre requesting or accepting into your circle, and you trust them enough to look after your child. Check their email address details and profile before accepting them, and if youíre still not sure it is who they say they are, call them to verify. If you feel someone is acting unlawfully on the site, please contact us at email@example.com and we will investigate and look to remove them from the site, if they are breaking the house rules.
Q. Can I edit my profile details and email preferences?
A. Yes just go to Account information/edit profile pages and you will be able to update your details, add a photo, or opt in/out of our exciting monthly newsletter update.