Muslimahnannies.com fills this need with an online platform for people to find Muslim care givers. The platform launched on December 27, 2014 and has registered over 500 users. The type of care providers that can register on the site are nannies, babysitters, tutors, senior care providers, housekeepers, pet sitters, child care centers, doulas and Islamic schools.
The site is open to adults above the age of 18 anywhere in the United States. A huge percentage of the users registered are from the DMV area. A sample ad from Maryland reads "I'm looking for a great helper for a 16-month-old boy while I work from home. Some light housekeeping would be helpful. Responsibilities would include meal prep, nap time and toddler entertainment. Occasional assistance with laundry would be great. We're looking for a caregiver who likes being active outdoors. We'd like someone who enjoys playing games with our son. Looking to hire someone who encourages reading."
The business is the baby of Virginia resident, Khadijah Abdullah-Lardas. She is assisted by two marketing and support admins, Ola Oda and Shadai Davis.
Options are available for $15 a month to $50 for six months. Caregivers can post ads and get in touch with families or business looking for providers. Muslimah nannies provides background checks for an additional fee of $78, through Sterling Background Check. The check confirms the caregivers social security number, address history, checks national arrest records, sex offender registry, and searches state, county and correctional criminal record databases.
Families and businesses pay $20 monthly membership fees to search for caregivers. The platform is not involved in the hiring process, but serves as a safe online meeting place for families and providers, says the founder. "I am looking for someone to watch my children after school, pick them up from school, so the person must have a car and know how to drive," says Honey Khan, a working mother of four. She can now post her needs on the website and get connected to a local Muslim babysitter for after school care. "Being Muslim is important as I would like her to make sure that they say their prayers when they get home," she says.
"As a Nanny, many Muslim families reached out to me asking for a nanny or similar care provider. This inspired me to start Muslimah Nannies and create a platform for Muslim families to connect with Muslim care providers," says founder Khadijah Abullah-Lardas.
Khadijah was raised in an environment surrounded by children. "My mom ran a daycare in our home. When I was 12, I became a certified babysitter. When I was teenager I organized and ran a summer camp for children. When I was in high school I participated in a Teacher's Preparation program and worked with elementary school children in the inner city after school. In college I interned a local elementary school and babysat. After college I became an AmeriCorps VISTA and worked with children ages 2 - 24 in a low income community," she said. When she became a nanny, she had the opportunity to care for children from all developmental backgrounds. "I believe children are our future, no matter how cliche that may sound. If they are exposed to a care provider that genuinely has their best interests in mind, it can serve as a foundation that has a positive impact for their future."
Muslimahnannies has received feedback from users to help create an even better user experience and Khadijah says that she they have worked hard to implement these changes.
As the African Proverb states: "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child". If you are a care provider or a family in need of a provider visit muslimahnannies.com