It’s the most asked question from every new Mum but the one with many different answers for each of us:-
Do I go back to work or do I stay at home with the kids?
For myself this is still the question I am struggling with nearly 34 months later since having my first child.
Before children I worked in childcare as a nursery worker both in children centres and private nurseries and then decided that I wanted to become a Nanny where I could concentrate solely on the care and attention of the child and attend to the family’s needs and requirements. Making such a huge transition was a big step and with some advice from a few Nanny friends and soon having the opportunity to look after a mutual friends baby that needed full time childcare, I ventured into my first role as a Nanny providing sole attention, care, and daily activities until unfortunately the family no longer needed me. I was back to the drawing board with only one nannying experience. So what now??
Luckily one of my Nanny friends introduced me to a childcare app called childcare.co.uk which is the UK’s largest online community of parents, childcare providers, babysitters, nurseries and private tutors. I was able to set up a profile free of charge that was safe and secure where I provided my contact details, the childcare provision I was offering, my experiences, qualifications, availability and fee which would then be put in their database for access where other parents could view my profile and contact me if they were interested.
I was a little sceptical at first as this was something completely new to me and although I had many years of childcare experience, I wasn’t sure how people who had never met me would trust me enough to contact me regarding looking after their children but I found the app very user friendly and began searching profiles of potential parents that fit my requirements, while also sending out a number of secure private messages; with the odd phone call if a number had been left on the profile that gave access to call directly and have a chat about the position further. I soon started receiving messages from both parents whom I had reached out to and visa versa.
I was really amazed and encouraged just how easy the app was to use with an added bonus of the location of each parent showing on each profile which helped me to decide which potential family I could work for as travelling by public transport was the only option so I needed something local.
I found that there are 1300 local profiles in need of childcare from putting in my postcode on the website and by viewing each parents profile I can eliminate it down further, based on both sets of requirements until I find the perfect match!
Not long after creating my online profile I started receiving messages which was a prefect way of communicating until I felt secure enough to agree to any interviews. The website provides a safety centre with information about staying safe and not conducting any visits until background and checks have been completed. I’ve found this very helpful as it assists in both safe guarding myself and online users as online safety is a really big issue. With website options offering community reporting, platform monitoring and secure document validation and sharing, I know that if we are in need of childcare for even a couple of hours; correct procedures and measures have taken place that would help to put our mind a little more at ease.
As my home life changed this has also had an effect on my job requirements and availability; now having children the balance between work and home life isn’t an easy one but it makes it less stressful knowing that all I have to do is update the profile with my current situations and I can then go through the whole process again.
Currently I am not working as a childcare provider but I have recently updated my profile and will be using the app to actively search for local babysitting positions on Saturday evenings but with the aid of regular updates of potential matches sent straight to my email it will make searching so much more easy and accessible.
*This blog is sponsored but all opinions are my own*
Thank you for reading!