Congrats, you found your first yaya on Facebook!
Not only do you save money from paying hefty agency fees, you most likely found the yaya of your dreams who will be loyal to your family, take good care of your child, and is literally a Godsend.
But wait, you’re afraid to take the jump.
You’re worried that there’s no employer referrals for you to base your trust on. You’re worried she might endanger your baby. You’re worried that she’ll wear your clothes and post them on Facebook. And you’re worried that she’ll steal from your family.
All of these are very valid concerns.
There are so many bad yayas stories out there that there’s a closed Facebook group called Bad Maids PH for all the bad yayas stories happening in the Philippines.
I have found yayas on Facebook.
When my old yaya suddenly left last December 2018, I scoured online for her replacement. The first yaya Arlene stayed for 6 days. Here’s my post on how elated I was when I first got her.
I continued my search after she told me after 6 days of work that her husband had an emergency and she had to cater to his needs for 24 hours before returning to work. Despite initially agreeing that her first day off would be after a month of service, she asked me for an immediate day off before the week was done.
I asked her to pack her belongings, paid her for 6 days of work and asked her to sign a quitclaim. Attached is my quitclaim here.
Sharon was happy and optimistic, but couldn’t stand the hours. She said she had a headache and needed to cater to her daughter’s pageant. I think it was more of family reasons that she left. She called it quits in 11 days time.
The third yaya I found after Sharon told me that she wanted to leave, but would respect the 30 day notice period, which we had under contract. I once again looked online, and found Zeny on Facebook.
Here are my Top 10 Tips in Finding a Yaya Online.
Yaya Zeny is still with us and our daughter is happy with her. Her daughter took care of the pamasahe from Mindoro to Manila, and so far, despite being older, she’s a pretty decent yaya whom we entrust to take our child to school and back, feed her, and make sure she doesn’t die.
My instructions to a prospect yaya is very simple, “Huwag gutumin. Huwag walain. And huwag patayin.”
After three yayas found on Facebook, all I can tell you is,
1. Have them sign an employment contract as soon as they start.
Make sure that you discuss with them all the details of their employment and rules of your household BEFORE they start working for you.
Attached is the Contract for New Yayas for your reference: New Maid Contract – Generic.
Personally, my rules are very clear as follows:
- No cash advance, bale or padala pamasahe. Crying about a family tragedy won’t work in me giving them pautang. If there’s a family tragedy, we will help out of the goodness of our heart, but not because they asked for it.
- No cellphones while on duty.
- No emergency day offs. Sundays as preferred rest days. They have to inform me a few days before when they will day off so we can arrange our schedules accordingly.
- Doing the laundry via washing machine are part of their job descriptions. There’s just three of us in the family and no ironing is needed. But I don’t like yayas who tell me that they should only be responsible in childcare and that’s it.
2. Observe them closely on the first few days.
I always keep an eye on the new yaya when they first start. I look at their working attitude, eating preferences, etc. and determine if I like them or not.
We like going to the malls and the yaya chooses to chase after my daughter when this happens. I do NOT stupidly let the yaya take care of my child alone when she’s new.
I would accompany them, keep an eye on the yaya, and see if there’s any red flags I should watch out for.
I look at yaya’s body language and attitude to see whether she likes her job and my child. Some yayas only accept this job due to the high pay but care nothing of my child.
The best yaya is someone who will eventually hug and show true concern for my child. You can see it if you open your eyes.
Be wary of the yaya who keeps her distance from your child.
Only leave the yaya alone with the child without any supervision after you feel comfortable, and not before. If your mommy gut feel shows serious reservations — like there’s something wrong with the yaya — follow your gut feel and observe yaya even more.
3. Do NOT believe what the yaya tells you all the time. Trust only after it’s earned, NOT before.
Yayas will lie.
For example, when I was looking for yayas, I’ve had 3 applicants who told me that they would show up but didn’t.
Literally, you’ve already set the day and place and time of arrival, and for some reason or another, they do NOT show up. One yaya even showed me the photo of her packed belongings to show that she’s ready to start, but couldn’t because her child got sick.
It is useless to concern yourself about their excuses. Watch what they do, NOT what they say.
It is useless to argue with a yaya. If you see a yaya who do not do what they say, get rid of her and move on to the next applicant. If she can’t keep her word in the beginning, she will be like that in the future.
Stop worrying about useless things and just move on.
4. Terminate with pay if you don’t like them.
While it’s hard to find a yaya nowadays, you should not tolerate a yaya’s bad attitude and misbehavior just because you’re desperate.
Like for example, Yaya# 1, it was annoying for me that she asked for a rest day within 6 days of employment when it was clear from the get go when she should have her first rest day. I thought that she’s already taken care of the husband and her household before starting to work, but I guess I was wrong.
I was also okay with Yaya# 2’s leaving after she brought up her concern. She liked me, but she was not fit to be a yaya anyway. So as long as she carried out her 30-day notice period, I was fine with her leaving. In the end, I allowed her to leave at 11 days with pay, after I found my next yaya Zeny.
Once they sign the quitclaim and get their last pay, exit them from your house swiftly.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you investigate their bags thoroughly and escort them out of your gate before letting them go. Accompany them when they leave your house.
Many yayas pack a separate bag and leave it by the gate. Once you check their bags, they then get this separate bag before leaving your house.
5. Repeat the process if necessary.
I have probably reviewed 30+ bio-data, interviewed more than 10 yayas and suffered many disappointments in a day before I found our Yaya Zeny.
Here were my notes on the initial few days — as you can see, finding a yaya takes a lot of time and effort:
These were the yayas I said no to after I interviewed them:
Like any endeavor, finding a yaya takes a lot of time and effort.
The biggest mistake any mother makes is to assume that you do NOT need to give a lot of effort, and a good yaya will come on its own.
“I will just wait for a referral para sigurado,” that mommy would say. They would pester you for referral and justify their lack of yayas by saying that all yayas are bad, and it’s better that she take care of her child na lang than to have a bad yaya.
Actually, there are many good yayas out there. You just have to go and look for them. If you do not make an effort, how can you find a yaya?
Years has passed and she alone is taking care of her child(ren) with no help in tow. Then she will just sigh and pat herself in the back for stepping up because no other yaya can take care of her daughter as well as she did.
I work. I don’t have that luxury. I need a yaya for my daughter. So I look and look. I make a career out of looking for a yaya.
As you can see from my notes, I put in the effort in looking for a yaya, scouring the Internet and agencies for them, interviewing them, and being disappointed when I don’t work out. I have good relationships with agencies since they also provide me with a good pool of yayas when I need them.
At the end of the day, I am almost always rewarded for my hard efforts. Thanks to God, barring Christmas season, I can usually find a yaya within a week of looking.
But that’s because I put in the effort.
Are you putting in the effort?
BONUS TIP: When you find a good yaya, take good care of them. The best way to find a good yaya is to not lose a good yaya.
I know in my heart that any yaya would be so lucky to start in my household.
We pay our yayas well. Treat them with respect. And are considerate of their needs without letting them be abusive of your kindness.
With us, they can really save money. Every yaya that came out from our employ always brought a lot more bags than they first arrived. Which is why our old yayas do ask to be taken back after they’ve left as follows:
Even though I was so desperate for a yaya, I didn’t ask her back. I tried to ask help from the agencies and scoured online to look for a new one.
And after many days of trying, we found our yaya.
I hope that this helps you in finding a good yaya for your child(ren). Good yayas are out there. All you do is have hope, make an effort, and try and try until you succeed.
Good luck Mommies!