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Childcare options when you don’t have a support network

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Boo and I have always worked, and with the kids arriving over the years, we found it increasingly harder to have childcare. Unfortunately, we are one of those families that don’t really have a support network, therefore are limited in help or childcare options. Some families have a great support network to rely on but for us we never have. This has always limited us on what we can do in terms of juggling work patterns, appointments and social engagements. Often have had to rely on schools, nurseries etc as much as we can. I’m more than happy to spend all the time we can with the kiddies but with work especially we were often trying to balance things around each other.

Finding childcare with Childcare.co.uk

Childcare.co.uk is a website that allows you to search for local childcare for many situations including babysitting, nursery, childminding, tutoring and many other reasons. They even have an NHS and key worker section which could be very handy during the current lockdown situation. There is also a section that enables to register and look for childcare jobs, which again can be an extremely useful tool if you are in that workforce, they currently have over 2 million members which are a staggering amount.

When we first left school this type of website and service wasn’t a thing, let’s be honest with the phone age and internet advances it’s only the last 10 years we’ve seen a flurry of all sorts of services. This advancement allowed Childcare.co.uk to have a website but for mobile App, also which for many will be even easier because of the current generation of parents using Phones and apps far more.

The app is available on both Android and iPhone and is highly scored with reviews etc. as is the website. The company has a high Trust Pilot score and other highly rated reviews, you can also see reviews on individual childcarers to put your search and confidence at ease. For me, this was one of the most challenging things years ago, if you need childcare for various reasons then who would you contact? who would you trust? and even now if you like us and have no family options, an emergency happens or a new job etc what would we do? So with the website, you can search for the type of childcare you want, see who’s available, read reviews etc and feel more confident in arranging Childcare. They even have there own messaging service within the site etc. Again this is an excellent option as I can’t explain how upsetting and frustrating it can be struggling to find childcare even for just one night.

How easy is it to use?

The website itself is very easy to use, it’s colourful and detailed with many different options, but don’t let that confuse you, it’s still easy to use. You can go straight to what you need and where you need it, but if you want a more detailed search or want to spend time looking at the site’s options then there’s plenty to look at with tips and advice on the site also.

As I mentioned earlier there are several different options, from brief babysitting for a night, all the way to more private tutoring, which can be an alternative for those who want to utilise it, as well as schools, nurseries etc. The idea of it all, it can suit almost any situation and ease your concerns and help you find that vital childcare you need.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle

    I am the same as we moved so all our families live far away from us so as you we do rely on childcare and after school clubs when my husband and I need to be out for work. Childcare.co.uk sounds like a great service to help families like us who need extra help and support.

    August 10, 2020 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Beth Sachs

    We’re very lucky that both grandparents live locally. I can imagine it’s so tough when you don’t have that support.

    August 10, 2020 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    I’ve used the website a few times when I have been in need of childcare. It is a fantastic resource and so helpful when I can’t rely on my mum or friends.

    August 10, 2020 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Playdays and Runways

    We are very lucky that we have always been able to work our childcare around our working hours.

    August 11, 2020 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Rhian westbury

    It must have been hard over the years without a support network to balance everything with you both working but it’s great to know there are alternatives x

    August 11, 2020 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Hollie Burgess

    This is such a good resource. Childcare is such a hard thing to find and so expensive!

    August 11, 2020 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Samantha Donnelly

    Childcare is always a huge worry especially when you do not have a support network, I have heard so many great things from this company and it gives parents the control and peace of mind

    August 11, 2020 at 9:52 am
    • Reply Eddie

      We are super lucky we have grandparents close by to help out on occasion. This seems a brilliant service to offer for people like your family bud, the ones who struggle with child care. Thanks for sharing.

      August 16, 2020 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    It’s a great websire. I’ve used it before. Finding local reliable childcare is so important

    August 11, 2020 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Melanie williams

    What a great resource for sure, as I am sure many parents have been and are still finding childcare a struggle at the mo with all that is going on x

    August 11, 2020 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Jenniu

    I really love how easy to use the site is, and also the huge range of search options. I was so impressed with the range of childcare providers near us!

    August 11, 2020 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    This sounds so handy when you’re looking for childcare, great to know you’ve got options! xo

    August 12, 2020 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    We don’t have any one to help us with childcare either, this looks like a great alternative

    August 12, 2020 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    I found our first childminder on this website, it’s great for reassurance

    August 14, 2020 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Eddie

    We are super lucky we have grandparents close by to help out on occasion. This seems a brilliant service to offer for people like your family bud, the ones who struggle with child care. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 16, 2020 at 1:11 am
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