Ah the return to work, unexpected but not entirely unwelcome. Covid threw our family a curve ball and luckily, we caught it.
When I think back over 14 years of being a mother, I consider how many wonderful people have supported us along the way. As a large family without local support we have relied on professionals to provide not just care and safety but also emotional support and empowerment to our children. These little people are my whole world, and it’s only right that we feel those who take care of them in our absence are able to echo our values and adapt to the personalities of our brood.
From the one-to-one care of a childminder when my daughter was tiny and I returned to education, to a mothers help (still very much part of our family now) when working from home, these people have become part of the patchwork of our children’s lives, enabling us to improve our prospects, build on the littles social interactions and attachment, and prepare our children for school.
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s the importance of trust, of building a stronghold of support around your family and not to underestimate the feeling empowered when unexpected situations arise.
Launched in 2009, childcare.co.uk is the country’s largest directory of childcare providers, multi-award winning and credited with finding 2 million families the support they need, it has an extensive portfolio of childminders, babysitters, tutors, nannies and more, as well as emergency support for times of unexpected need.
Unlike traditional search sites, it also puts control back in the hands of parents, offering opportunities for them to place adverts in order to find childcare specific to their family requirements. There are useful guides on contracts, finding the right provider for you and what to expect when it comes to fees and ensuring your provider has the correct registration and qualifications.
Childcare.co.uk isn’t just a search engine, it’s a social network for parents and childcare professionals, allowing you to connect with people in your area best able to support your family. They understand how hard it can be to entrust your child to others and how important it is to be able to find emergency help when the unexpected strikes.
Why choose Childcare.co.uk?
We’re the UK’s largest childcare website. Over 2 million people have used our website to find childcare or childcare work since we launched in 2009. You won’t find a larger choice of babysitters, nannies, registered childminders or private tutorsanywhere else!https://www.childcare.co.uk
How does it work: it’s totally free to search for childcare in your area. Simply use the drop-down menu to select the type of provision you’re looking for, ie babysitter, nanny, tutor or last minute support ect and childcare.co.uk will show you member profiles matching your criteria.
Each provider is responsible for maintaining their own profile with many opting for a gold membership, meaning you can message them directly.
Profiles often contain a picture and small bio, as well as qualifications, interests, availability and in many cases DBS checks, plus a little on the provider’s ethos and additional areas of speciality.
One positive feature is that providers are also rated and reviewed by other parents, meaning you can rest assured your little ones are in safe hands.
Childcare.co.uk is available both on desktop and mobile format, making it easy to navigate on any device, additionally, there is an app available on both iPhone and android.
For providers, there are many webinars available to enrich skills, from safeguarding training to play ideas, meaning the selection of a gold member provider will also come with an additional wealth of opportunities for ongoing development.
Childcare.co.uk* doesn’t just stop at the selection process, there are handy tips and guides throughout the website and mobile app to guide you and your family through from browsing to hiring, from interview questions and recommendations to payments expectations.
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, From the loss of jobs, to new ones, from home education to ‘new normal’ classroom return , through I’ll health and family time, we’ve all had to band together and support our children, navigating them through difficult waters, often beyond our control. Childcare.co.uk can ensure parents are able to arm themselves with all the information they need to find the perfect support for their family, even when when the expected happens
*This is a sponsored review post