*Post in association with Childcare.co.uk
Childcare.co.uk is an award-winning site that matches parents up with local childcare providers. It’s a godsend for busy families who need to arrange childcare but don’t know where to start. Whether you need someone to watch the kids while you work, or you’re after a more casual arrangement, Childcare.co.uk will guide you to the right person for your needs.
In a world where family life is busy and the work-life balance is just a myth, the last thing you want is anything else to worry about. A site that not only puts you in touch with childcare, but it helps you narrow down the possibilities by selecting the type of childcare you need, and even read reviews about the providers.
When I put in my postcode, I was pleasantly surprised. Grimsby is usually well behind the times when it comes to any online services (our town has only just got Deliveroo and it doesn’t even come as far as my house) so I wasn’t expecting to have much luck for a babysitter! Surprisingly there were 59 babysitters within 5 miles of my house. Phew!
Childcare.co.uk – Review of the site & how to use it
The site is really simple to use, it’s no surprise it has over 2 million users! When you land on the homepage there is a drop down menu that allows you to choose what sort of childcare you’re looking for -whether it’s a childminder, babysitter, tutor, or any other service you can think of! Below that, you enter your postcode and press the search button and all your options will pop up in a list.
When you view a childcare provider’s profile, you can see things like documentation and hours they are likely to be free. Users are also up-front about what they charge and some even say they can negotiate.
The site also provides narrowed down search options, such as ‘overnight babysitter’ or ‘babysitters with DBS check’, to help you meet more specific needs. It also offers advice on staying safe and advises you check childcare provider documents as well as directing you to a general safety centre.
Childcare.co.uk make it extremely easy to find childcare providers in your area, whatever your needs. I think it’s a great site and would definitely consider using it in the future (if I ever have anywhere to go!). There is also an option to search for emergency childcare which is bound to be especially useful to anyone who finds themselves in a pickle.
It’s a really helpful site that’s easy to use and gives plenty of options and advice. The site allows you to make informed decisions and reach out to childcare providers you think might be a good fit. To encourage safe and secure messaging, Childcare.co.uk recommend keeping all conversations on the platform to protect both parties.
My overall impression of the site is that it’s a great resource that’s easy to use. I like that you can narrow down your choices and vet potential childcare providers. This gives me confidence that whoever I decide on would be suitable for my needs. It seems like a great place to find reasonable, reliable childcare.