Have you heard of Childcare.co.uk? I have had great success using it over the last few years to find a local childminder for my kids and babysitters too. The site has so many local childcare providers from nannies, nurseries and preschools to babysitters and local childminders. Find out more about it in our review below…
What childcare options are available through Childcare.co.uk?
The site is filled with different childcare services including registered childminders, nannies, babysitters, nurseries and private tutors.
These providers can be reached by using the postcode search facility which shows the distance between the parent and the childcare provider. The next step is to then read the reviews of these providers and contact the ones you are interested in by using the safe and secure private messaging system.
Are there many childcare providers in your area?
All you need to do is select the type of childcare provider you are looking and insert your postcode to see how many providers there are. As an example, I inserted a postcode near Sevenoaks and 38 childminders came up!
Are you looking for a role in childcare?
Calling childcare providers in London and across the whole of the UK! If you are looking for a role, you can use the the search button to have a look for relevant positions within your area. When I searched within five miles of my local area, over 400 jobs listed by parents looking for childminders, nannies and babysitters came up.
How to create an account?
Creating an account on childcare.co.uk is so quick and easy. All you need to do is register for free using your Facebook login or register with your email.
Once you have done this, complete your profile info and choose to ‘post a job’. As an example, if you have a particular time/date for when you need a babysitter, you can post that as a job on there. Users can also sign up to the Gold Membership – more on that below.
Free v Gold Membership?
The free membership is really effective but there is also a Gold Membership which can be useful too – this is currently £14.99 for 14 days or £24.99 per month.
Gold Members can send secure private messages to all members and allow free members to send messages to you. Viewing phone numbers and other contact info is an option too and it allows free members to view your contact details. Gold membership also enables users to have their profile featured at top of search results.
Is last minute childcare an option?
Childcare.co.uk is an effective way of finding emergency and last minute childcare if needed. More so than ever since Covid-19 social distancing measures have been in place and we can’t always rely on our usual childcare.
Once you have registered for free on Childcare.co.uk your profile will automatically be shown to local childcare providers who will be immediately alerted by email. The appropriate documentation must be completed to safeguard you and your child. It’s good to know the option is there if needed.
My overall thoughts
I find Childcare.co.uk intuitive and informative. It is incredibly easy you use and I personally know some of the childminders on there who are trusted and come recommended in my local area. It is a website I have used before and will definitely continue to use in the future too.
This is a Sponsored Post but as always, all thoughts are my own.