As a parent childcare is one thing many of us struggle with. We all need some sort of childcare at some point whether that’s a childminder when you return to work, a private nursery while you study or a babysitter for a well deserved night out. It can be difficult to find someone you trust or someone last minute but I recently came across Childcare.co.uk; a website dedicated to match parents with services from childminders to private tutoring.
What is Childcare.co.uk?
Childcare.co.uk is an online social networking platform which is used by over 2 million people. The award winning website is aimed at parents, childcare providers and private tutors. It launched in 2009 and has many matched parent and childcare provider success stories. Many people have said they’ve successfully found a Nanny or Childminder within their first week of registering.
How to get started?
It is very easy to register on the website and takes minutes! Registration is free and if you have a Facebook account you can log in through that or you can type in your email address, your chosen screen name, your date of birth, postcode and then chose the parent or service provider option. That is it! You will be registered for free. There is also a Childcare.co.uk iPhone app and Android app that you can download and use in the same way.
If you are looking for a babysitter, childminder, nanny, au pair, nursery, private midwife, doula, private tutor, schools, out of school clubs or household help then this is the website for you! They have everything covered. It is quick and easy to register, you can create your free profile in minutes, advertise what you are looking for, or simply search yourself with the search option. It is very easy to navigate the search page with a drop down menu to pick the service you need, a miles radius and your postcode, you will then receive your matches and be able to view their profiles, read reviews and send messages via the childcare.co.uk messaging service. There is no need to give your personal details out. You can also do an advanced search which restricts your results to gender, whether the person smokes, their availability and then you can order your search by their distance, when they last logged in or whether they have a photograph.
Childcare job search
If you are looking for a childcare job it is easy to do so! Simply register for free and create your profile listing your experience, qualifications, availability and fees. You will then be available for families to search for you, but if you would also like to search for a family looking for childcare you can. It is very simple to search and if you think you would be the perfect match for a family you can send them a message. As a childcare provider you can also access over 170 training courses from Educare and Laser Learning (when you upgrade to Gold membership).
How easy is the website to use?
I was very impressed with how simple and straight-forward the website is to navigate. It takes minutes to register and you can start your search straight away. The drop down menus and postcode search help to find childcare close and relevant to your location. The website also includes help and advice and search tips which is very useful.
How many providers are local to me?
I searched Childminder’s within 5 miles of my home and had 632 results! I used the advanced search to specify that I would like them to have a DBS check, be Ofsted registered, have First-Aid training and be female. This narrowed my search down to 456 results. After narrowing my search down to just 1 mile from my home I had 17 results. I think this is still a great number of possibilities though. I also carried out a search for an emergency babysitter and was surprised that I had 90 matches within a miles radius of my home. I will definitely be keeping this is mind for any future emergencies.
I am very impressed by Childcare.co.uk and I would recommend it to everyone. I have found myself recommending the website to mums at playgroup who have said they’re going back to work soon and to another who wanted a private tutor for her son. It is a brilliant website; quick and efficient with speedy search results and plenty of matches so you can find the right person for the job!
* AD – this is a paid review, however all words and opinions are my own.