Finding The Right Childcare For You


Childcare.co.uk allows you to search for and connect with babysitters, childminders, nannies, nurseries, private tutors and schools and also allows childcare providers to advertise their services. The site has more than 1.5 million users nationwide and is the largest online community for parents in the UK having launched in 2009.

Site Content
I have been taking a look around the website and testing its usability and seeing what services it has to offer in my local area. The website is really easy to navigate with a lot of subcategories along the top to enable you to select the service you are looking for. You can find a babysitter, childminders, nurseries, Au Pairs, tutors, midwives and even schools. There is a handy box where you can just pop your postcode in and the service you require and it shows you your results. There is also a lot of handy hints on finding the right babysitter for you and how much to pay a babysitter. I

What Did I Find?
As a Mum of 4 children finding a babysitter can be tough, so that was my first port of call. I entered my postcode fit and then you can select a distance to search. For nighttime babysitting, I selected just 5 miles so it wouldn't be to much hassle for them to travel home after. I then had the option of a few catatgores including emergency babysitters, DBS checked sitter, evening sitter and even Montessori trained sitters. I was presented with a selection of babysitters in my search criteria. I loved the breakdown profiles on the site. It allows me to see some personal information on the person including their qualifications if the are OFSTED registered, DBS checked and there is also any reviews previous users have left. I really like this aspect as it allows you to find out what real users thought of the service provided. I think having another parents opinion helps massively when choosing any kind of childcare.

Summary
I was impressed with the services on offer and how user-friendly the site is. It's definitely a service I can find myself using as finding childcare short notice can be tricky. The middle boy has his Sats coming up too, so the option to search for a tutor for him is great. Also if you have younger children I like the nursery search option. I found it really tough to pick a preschool for Mr C as I had no one to recommend a good one to me. Have you tried Chilcare.co.uk, is it the type of service you would use? Having had a look at myself I can see it being a service I would personally use and recommend.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy

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