I know, as a single parent especially, over the years I have been really lucky when it comes to childcare. I have a close-knit family all living within walking distance and Olivia’s dad is also really involved. Despite us having a set schedule when it comes to her spending time with him, we are both very flexible with this arrangement and he is happy to have her outside of these times and we are both willing to accommodate each other’s schedules to do what is best for her and for us.
This is especially handy when it comes to me having to look after my nieces and nephews.
As myself and all of my sisters work, we share the bulk of the childcare between us and we always have. So much so that when all the kids were younger (sometimes it still happens) people weren’t exactly sure how many children we each had. This means that they all have 4 mums in a sense, not just one! Definitely not a plus for them when they are misbehaving that’s for sure!
But I know I am one of the lucky ones. Not everyone has the same support system I do and finding the right childcare arrangement for you and your child can be quite difficult. In the past, my sister’s and I have all used childminding services and nurseries when kids were younger. In a sense, it was easier for me as we placed Olivia in the nursery where my youngest (and only childfree) sister still works, from 9 months old.
The nursery was perfect for us and chosen after being advised to visit as many as possible until we found one we were comfortable in. When she started school, we also used a local out of school club that had pickups from her school and was a 2-minute walk away.
Finding the right childcare provider and arrangement for you and your family doesn’t need to be hard work.
This is where Childcare.co.uk come in. Childcare.co.uk is an award-winning online platform that matches parent with childcare providers in their area. If you are looking for a one-time babysitter or long-term childminding arrangement, you can be sure to find someone on Childcare.co.uk. Established in 2009, Childcare.co.uk has over 1.5 million users looking to find childcare or provide their services.
Childcare.co.uk can also match you with Nannies, Au Pairs, Private Midwives, Maternity Nurse, Tutors and Schools.
Registering is free and really easy.
Whether you are advertising your services or searching for a childcare provider. If you are registering as a childcare provider, there is even the ability to undertake training courses too. This is something that appealed to me as it says they take the qualifications for childcare providers seriously. Once you have filled in your details you will be able to better search for the option that suits you. By entering your postcode and the service you are looking for, the platform can easily match people to your needs. I managed to find many suitable evening babysitters using the search function without registering.
When you search for your chosen childcare provider, you are able to see their profile, check out their ratings by other members and parents who have used their services as well as find their fees too. All contact is made via the secure messaging service on the Childcare.co.uk platform.
With so many options to choose from and things to consider when hiring someone to look after your child for you, having a site like Childcare.co.uk is a valuable tool. With all the information in front of you and a secure way to chat, it makes finding the right person for you and your family that little bit easier.
I have never actually used a babysitter outside of the family before. Having someone look after her when I have gone out for the day/night that isn’t a family member isn’t something I have had to do as of yet. It goes without saying I wouldn’t even know where to look or what to look for. But if I do choose to do this in the future for Olivia, I feel confident Childcare.co.uk would the perfect place to look.
*a collaborative post with childcare.co.uk*