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  • Proper Yaya Screening: Your First Step In Ensuring Your Child’s Safety

    Important guidelines and red flags when choosing a sitter for your children.

    The Realities of Abuse by Yaya

    This is one mom’s shocking story: A day after she terminated the services of her second-born’s yaya, on grounds of stealing, her young niece disclosed that the yaya had all along been filching her preschooler of his leftover daily allowance to fund a tong-its habit! 

    On nights that her in-laws (with whom she and her husband would leave their two sons while they went off to work) were expected late, her young niece would come home from school to find her cousin crying in a corner after his vile nanny had once again forcibly snatched his money to gamble with the other household help. 

    The little boy told his cousin that his yaya even threatened him bodily harm should he resist or “squeal” on her.

    Sunlife Sales Executive and mom Joselyn Tiu, on the other hand, thought she hit the jackpot when she chanced upon a nanny who could also cook delectable Chinese dishes.  After terminating the woman’s services, she would discover that her then-grade school daughter and son suffered verbal abuse and threats from their assigned custodian. This happened whenever they failed to finish all the food she prepared for them.

    Can you fathom what that’s like? You set off for work to afford your sitter just compensation, decent board and lodging, and weekly days off. And then you find out she’s been subjecting your precious and defenseless child to abuse for a maddeningly unknown length of time!


    So, how do you guard a child from this kind of abuse? How do you sift through the bad eggs and end up with a good one?  What are the imperative qualifications we must look for when hiring a yaya?


    Your First Defense: Yaya Screening

    Like any company interviewing prospective employees, parents must operate like Human Resources practitioners. Here are a few suggestions from Joselyn Tiu and Ayala Alabang Village security director Fernando Diaz, a Certified Security Professional (CSP):

    • Decide on the qualities you are looking for in a yaya. Consider the level of experience you are

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      comfortable with and the person’s educational attainment. Be mindful of the child’s health concerns and special needs, and take note of the child’s interests and schedule of activities, if any. Other areas of equal importance include working hours, responsibilities the job entails, and the compensation/benefits package you are willing to provide. 
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    • List down the questions you’ll ask. You might miss out on the more important issue of competence when mannerisms and physical appearance start distracting you.
    • Require the applicant to present a bio-data with her ID-picture affixed to it. This must enumerate her personal details and employment history (dates of past employment, employer names and contact numbers, place of origin, etc.).
    • During the actual interview—while discussing her personality, lifestyle, and child-rearing biases—evaluate how neat each contender appears.  Her strengths and weaknesses, her plans, and her interests are significant, as well.


    Click here for more suggestions on how to look for a qualified yaya.

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