When Miss Frugal was born I had my lovely Mum to look after her and I had no concerns at all about leaving her with my Mum while I went back, to work full time but by the time I was ready to go back to work after having Master Frugal, things had changed in our family massively and my Mum was no longer with us.
We found a childcare through a friend of a friend and she seemed lovely, if a bit old fashioned and set in her ways. She struggled from the start with the way that both of our shifts changed from week to week and didn’t like the fact that we could only let her know the week before what we’d need her to work the following week. Totally understandable I know but she should have been upfront with us as we were with her. It got to the point where I felt we needed to part ways and I think she was actually quite relieved when I told her.
Out next chosen childminder wasn’t much better if I’m honest. I think we were so relieved about the way they promised to be so flexible with our shifts and they seemed lovely so I ignored the fact that I couldn’t really warm to the lady – there was nothing I could put my finger on I just couldn’t like her. I know, I sound odd, don’t I?
There were no resources back then to help find childcare, or at least none that I knew of. I struggled to find any information to help me make an informed decision. If I was in the same position again then I’d have a far easier job thanks to the brilliant website childcare.co.uk.
The site currently has over 1.5 million registered users made up of both parents and child care professionals. Parents can search for all sorts of child care from babysitters, childminders and nannies to nursery nurses, maternity nurses and even tutors. They can read profiles, read reviews from other parents and chat online with the people they’re considering trusting their children with.
Child care professionals can search for people in their area who are looking for childcare, they can set up profiles so that parents can see who they are and what they offer and they can also access lots of online training to help them.
I’ve just searched now for my area and found 59 people in my area who would have fit my needs back then. I’ve been able to browse through their profiles and see who I think I’d like to look after my children. I could have gone on to chat with the ones I was interested in to narrow it down before deciding who I wanted to meet in person with my children.
Childcare.co.uk is the UK’s largest online community of parents, childcare providers, schools and private tutors and amazingly over 1.5m people have used our service since we launched in 2009 which just shows how important the service they’re providing is!
Just look at what people have to say about it:
Childcare.co.uk takes the legwork out of looking for good quality childcare without compromising on quality of candidates. Overall I would recommend their website to anyone looking for childcare. Its quick, easy and very good value for money.
There is no way I could have found our current nanny without Childcare.co.uk — it is a single Mum’s dream! Thank you so much and I truly appreciate the site – I only had to pay one month’s fees too as I found someone so quickly!
And here’s what one of the site’s parenting experts says:
“Finding the right childcare provider for you can be both time consuming and tiring, and many parents do not have time to dig around for all of the required information on each childcarer. For some working parents who do not have a relative or friend to look after the children, finding a provider can be even harder, particularly during school holidays and half terms.”
“Whether you are looking for a school, childminder, private tutor, nanny or au pair finding a childcare provider can be stressful. Choosing which childcarer you’d like to look after your children is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent, however using Childcare.co.uk means that you can not only find the best childcare providers in your area, but also compare them to others, as well as having access to all of their records and certificates at the click of a button.”
I’m very impressed!
It’s definitely a site to add to your favourites for when you need childcare of any sort.
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