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Currently PAL is only available in the New York City area. We will be expanding to additional cities in the near future. You can nominate your city by visiting the “Playdates” page and clicking “nominate” under the Location section.
Parents - PAL is an invite-only community. You will need to receive an access code to register. You can request an invitation. When requesting an invitation, you will need to verify your identity by submitting additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org and completing an interview. It's free to sign up!
Specialists - If you are interested in being a Specialist, you can submit basic information about yourself including your name, location and why you want to join our network. You will be required to pass our comprehensive vetting process to join to the PAL community.
A PAL group is a private community of Parents with shared child care needs administered by Parents or third party Partners. Group administrators are authorized to manage group participation and child care planning.
All Lead Specialists, in addition to completing the vetting process, has received his or her First Aid and CPR Certifications and has pursued continued learning as a child care provider. A Lead Specialist has also completed at least 10 hours in a Support Specialist role, received consistent positive feedback from Parents and approval from another pre-approved Lead Specialist. Every playdate is required to have at least one Lead Specialist to facilitate the experience.
Third party hosts can be found on the Groups page. Once logged in, you can request an invite to a group to inquire about a playdate you are interested in planning at their site.
We also recommend considering the following: a public attraction, local kid-friendly restaurant, local playground, in-home, or in-school (if approved) playdate location.
Under 3 - Nurse Care without Parents, coming soon!
3-4 yrs - 4 children to 1 adult
5-7 yrs - 5 children to 1 adult
+7 or Under 3 Parent Social - 6 children to 1 adult
*Additional Support Specialists can be hired with an add-on fee. PAL suggests an extra Specialist for children under 7 for playdates at public attractions.
These are suggested ratios. Parents or PAL Specialists can request an extra Support Specialist at an additional cost of $23 per hour split among all Parents within the playdate.
All PAL Specialists must complete the following:
After passing these 5 steps, Specialists are welcome to make a profile and apply for Support roles. They will be unable to design their own playdates or apply for Lead Specialist positions.
In addition to this vetting process, all PAL Leads must:
Not showing up to an accepted booking, especially without communication, is not acceptable conduct on PAL. If a Parent or Specialist is a no-show for a booking, it should be reported as soon as possible by contacting PAL Support at email@example.com. Our team takes action in regards to every reported no-show.
We review all cancellations and no-shows in detail and use all the information available to us to determine if a cancellation or no-show will warrant action taken on the members’ account. Each situation merits its own review, but we abide by the following guidelines in our review process to determine which reliability concerns are problematic.
To protect the member experience on PAL, Playdate Labs Inc. reserves the right, in its full discretion, to take corrective action on members' accounts. This Reliability Policy is in place in order to maintain the quality of the PAL platform and to ensure that members can trust the reliability of others.
While we recognize that life does happen, members deemed to be unreliable may have action taken on their account, including permanent account closure. These members would be removed from PAL for being in violation for our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.
A Specialist and/or Parent should contact PAL Support directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will facilitate a refund if overpaid or an invoice if underpaid.
Parents - There is a cancellation fee of $10 within 48 hours of the playdate. There is a cancellation fee of $5 within the week.
Specialists - If you have to cancel a job you committed to, we strongly recommend finding a replacement before cancelling on the families. We understand that things happen, but if we see consistent cancellations, your profile and participation will be under review and potentially suspended.
Both Parents and Specialists are expected to uphold their booking commitments. However, we do understand that life can lead to unexpected circumstances which may cause a member to cancel a booking. If either member needs to cancel in case of an emergency, they should immediately notify our Concierge Service. If you are a Parent, email email@example.com. If you are a Specialist, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents - Once logged in, go to “My Dashboard” and click the “Invite Friends” tab. Input the emails of friends you’d like to invite. They will be contacted and interviewed by our Parent Concierge service in order to receive an exclusive access code to the site. You can also invite your friends to specific playdates, if they are already PAL members, by inputting their emails directly on a playdate page.
Specialists - You can nominate a Specialist by clicking “My Dashboard”, choosing the “Specialists” tab and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Input an email address to invite your friends to start the application process! You can also invite your favorite families by clicking “Get In Touch” at the bottom of your home screen. Fill out a contact form letting our PAL Support Team know that you would like to refer a family to the PAL platform. They will be contacted and interviewed by our Parent Concierge service in order to receive an exclusive access code.
Here at PAL, we rely on our community of parents and playdate specialists to abide by these shared expectations:
Account information required includes name, photo, neighborhood, and basic information around your child care needs. Your credit card will not be filed.
We respect your privacy and do not post any information publicly without your permission.
Ready to get started on PAL?
If you are a Parent, you can request an invitation.
If you are a potential Specialist, you can apply to become a Specialist by submitting your information.
Contact PAL Support directly at email@example.com with any suspicious activity that may violate our Terms of Service. Once PAL Support is notified, we will take any action that may be necessary and follow up with you as soon as possible. Reports are completely confidential. The member you report will not be notified.
To protect the member experience on PAL, Playdate Labs, Inc. reserves the right, in its full discretion, to take corrective action on members' accounts. Our Reliability Policy is in place in order to maintain the quality of the PAL platform and to ensure that members can trust the reliability of others. While we recognize that life does happen, members deemed to be unreliable may have action taken on their account, including permanent account closure. These members would be removed from PAL for being in violation for our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.
PAL costs are dependent on the number of kids, activity budget, age group, and hours of care. The price drops for each Parent as more children join the playdate. Playdates with 3rd party hosts will require activity budgets that can influence the final price listed for your playdate. Other add-ons may include supervised travel, additional supplies, or meals.
To gain access to a private PAL Group, you must be accepted by the Group administrator. Once logged in, you can request an invitation.
Once logged in, provide your basic child care needs by requesting a playdate. This will post to our private job board and notify our Lead PAL Specialists available for care in your area. Check your dashboard to see if a Specialist has applied for your job opening. Once you approve an itinerary and hire a Specialist, the playdate will open up to other families within your private Group(s).
Keep your playdate request open and email PAL Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to assist you. We recommend a lead time of at least one week to find a Specialist available for your job.
Your request expires 48 hours before the playdate. You have the option of using that 48 hours to find a second child to join your playdate. Your Specialist will reserve their time for you. If you are unable to find a match, you agree to ‘Pay Social, Go Solo’. You can pay the rate of two kids for one by editing the playdate and reserving spots for 2 children.
You also have the option of cancelling your request. You can cancel an open request without having to pay a fee by emailing our team at email@example.com.
The second child in the family will receive a 25% discount.
Once logged in, you can purchase a playpack. Playpack credits will be added to your queue and can then be used towards any playdate reservation (excluding Signature Events). Credits will be used from your account only after the RSVP date has passed at the correct rate per hour. If you cancel before the RSVP date has passed, you will be charged a $5 fee. If you cancel after the RSVP date has passed, you will be charged a $10 fee.
Your Playpack will expire in a year past the purchase date.
You can book a playdate in three different ways:
Go to My Dashboard and click the “Specialists” tab. You can nominate your favorite child care professional by inputting their email here.
Supervised travel is not available for all open playdates, and is offered on a first come first serve basis when it is available. For open playdates, Specialists or Supports will receive an additional $15 each way for their time. Parents must also book and pay for the cost of travel. If you are designing a private playdate, supervised travel can be included in the playdate itinerary at no additional cost for time. Parents are still required to book and pay for travel accommodations. We also recommend chatting with other parents in your group or playdate to facilitate a carpool or "walkpool" with others attending your playdate.
We take security very seriously and have put measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of any information under our control. All purchases are transmitted over secure internet connections using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption technology.
After you have completed a playdate, you will be asked for feedback when you log back in. If you have completed at least one booking with a Specialist on PAL, you have the ability to post a review to their profile. A public review will be visible to all users on PAL, including other Parents and the Specialist themselves. You also have the option to submit a private review, which will only be visible to the PAL Support Team.
To post a review, simply navigate to the Specialists' profile and click on the ‘Review’ button available there. This will take you to a form where you can fill out the star count, a description and indicate the visibility setting.
On PAL, there are three ways to book a job:
After accepting a job, PAL Specialists are expected to adhere to all booking details and terms. The terms of a booking include the payment method, hourly rate, number of children, time, and location of the booking. Specialists have the option to decline booking requests when they are not the right fit. If a Specialist finds they cannot agree to all terms of the booking, we ask that they politely decline the request.
We routinely advise Specialists not to negotiate booking terms after accepting a job. Repeated reports of these negotiations may result in a profile suspension or permanent termination of the PAL Specialists’ account.
Certain jobs are only available to PAL Specialists in Lead roles, not Support roles. You can refer to the Knowledge Center to learn more about how to become a PAL Lead Specialist.
Only Lead Specialists can hire Support. You can do so by creating a playdate and publishing it to the Job Board.
To add a certification to your profile, please upload evidence of this certification to your dashboard. Our team will do diligence to approve this certification before it becomes visible to parents.
You can follow up with Parents after your playdate by sending them a direct thank you email. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Payment will be processed directly into your bank account typically within 2-3 days after the playdate has passed. If a Parent indicates that the hours booked do not match your time worked, you may experience a delay in the transaction.
As a Lead Specialist, you will receive anywhere between $25-$50 per hour, depending on the number and age of the children attending. You will receive more per hour every time another child signs up. As a Support Specialist, you can make anywhere between $23-$25 per hour. This also depends on the number and age of children attending.