One of the hardest decisions we had to make when we had children was around childcare arrangements. Sadly, staying home full time was never an option as we – like many families in the UK – rely on a dual income. That means that the time would come when we needed to trust someone we didn’t know with our child.
Maternity leave went by too quickly and before I knew it, it was time to go back to work. Many people I knew were in a similar position and I remember my online support groups and local mummies were all talking about what to do about childcare. Some wanted the wide social circle of a nusery. Others preferred the thought of a childminder. Though three mummies from my NCT group even shared the cost of an au pair between them.
Regardless of the kind of solution you’re leaning towards though, trusting a stranger with you most precious gift can be hard. Making the decision as to where to send them is such a huge one to make, and not something that should be rushed in to. This is where childcare.co.uk comes in.
What childcare.co.uk are able to do is offer a service to help you find childcare near you. Afterall, the chances are when you have your first child you have no idea where to start looking. Why would you seeing as it’s a service you’ve never needed before.
Trusted by over 2 million members what childcare.co.uk does is give you access to an enormous database of babysittters, childminders, nannies, au pairs, nurseries, nursery nurses, maternity nurses, private tutors, schools and childcare jobs. This means that no matter how old your child is, or what your needs are, they will be able to give you suggestions of local providers in your area.
All you do is enter your postcode on the homepage and select the service you are looking for. From there you are presented with a list of options available to you. For example, I can see there are 11 nurseries, 5 childminders and 13 babysitters within a 5 mile radius of our home. Fast forward to what our needs may be in a few years, and there is 1 private tutor and 14 schools nearby. All as the result of a very quick search taking less than a minute.
From here you can review each of the options available including reviews, qualifications and experience alongside availability and cost.
Let me be clear, this will never replace needing to meet with people and make your own decisions regarding the childcare you choose for your children. You are still responsible for doing your own checks and ensuring the final service you choose meet your needs and that of your children. What childcare.co.uk does though, is highlight what is available to you and allow you to shortlist care providers.
Perhaps you’re thinking of moving home and would like to check out childcare providers in your new area. Perhaps you need a babysitter to enjoy your first date night in years. Or perhaps – like me – you were simply a first time mum that just had no idea where to start when it came to finding childcare. Whatever your reason for looking, childcare.co.uk will give you suggestions to work from and help you find a safe and happy environment where your child can thrive.
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