Finding Local Childcare With Childcare.co.uk


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As we enter the 9th week of lockdown I've had a lot of time to think about aspects of our life as a family, and what things we might change once everything is safe and we are back to normal. Nick and I have been together for over ten years and have been parents for 6 of those years. Our life revolves around Noah and Ava, and rightly so, however, we often forget that we are more than just parents, we are a couple too.

Yes, guilty as charged - lockdown has me dreaming of booking in some childcare and having a night on the town - a lovely meal and perhaps a trip to the cinema! I usually ask the grandparents to look after the kids but that's not always feasible for an array of different reasons - this is where Childcare.co.uk comes in. Trusted by over 2 million users it's the one-stop-shop for all your childcare needs and more.


Getting started and website navigation
Registration is free and only takes a matter of minutes - you can sign up the regular way with an email address, or you can log in through your Facebook account. There's also a Childcare.co.uk app for iPhone and Android which I've also checked out and would highly recommend. I found the whole process and the website simple and quick to use - absolutely no complaints there.

Childcare search
Childcare.co.uk offers services from childminders, babysitters, nannies, au pairs, midwife, doula, nursery, tutors, schools, after school clubs, household help, and now even virtual nannies and tutors - it's very impressive. You simply select what you are looking for, pop in your postcode and click search. I searched for local babysitters, and 53 suggestions appeared in a 5-mile radius, each showing their name, photo, location, and a profile about them. There's also an option to do an advanced search if you'd prefer a non-smoker, male or female, distance, etc.

Childcare job search
Maybe you are looking for a childcare job? You can do that here too. Simply sign up to the website for free and create a profile listing the service you provide, your experience, qualifications, availability, fees, and so on - families will then be able to contact you. If you upgrade to their Gold membership you will have access to around 170 training courses from different providers and there are even more benefits to be had.

I'm delighted that I discovered Childcare.co.uk. It's a great resource for finding all your childcare needs - I can imagine it being an invaluable service during lockdown too as some families are really struggling when it comes to work and finding childcare. The website also features lots of help and support, health and safety tips, and so much more. I can't recommend it enough. Are you familiar with the website?

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