Are Babysitting Agencies Worth The Hassle?

When asked who their ideal babysitter is, most parents will reply, ‘Mary Poppins!’. In reality, sitters and nannies who are practically perfect in every way tend not to blow in on the east wind. With a world of sitters to choose from, parents have traditionally relied on agencies to filter through the candidates and find the best-suited applicants, conduct interviews, check references and sort the paperwork. For an agency to find the Poppins for every position is time-consuming and expensive but when it comes to children’s happiness, safety and wellbeing, parents are understandably prepared to pay a premium. Thankfully, however, …

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Finding a Babysitter on Short Notice: 10 Things To Look Out For

Finding a babysitter at the last minute is usually the most stressful type of childcare booking for parents. Whether it’s due to a long-standing babysitting arrangement falling through, a late-running meeting or the offer of last-minute gig tickets, no parent wants to feel that they’re booking ‘good enough’ childcare. What’s more, by the time they’ve contacted all the options in their address book, it may well be too late. Last-minute doesn’t have to mean compromising on peace of mind bubble has been designed so that parents can post a job and find vetted, trusted sitters in their area as quickly …

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Safe sits during social distancing for sitters

bubble’s Sarah Zeqiri offers some advice on how to work with your sitter to stay in line with Government social distancing guidelines, ensure safe sits and build brilliant relationships with parents Good fences make good neighbours: I love this old saying and it applies perfectly to a working relationship. If everybody knows what’s expected of them, it keeps misunderstandings to a minimum. During social distancing, not everyone will be looking for babysitters but you may be called upon by a key worker to look after their kids while they’re out looking after everyone else. So what guidelines should you set …

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Safe sits during social distancing for parents

bubble’s Sarah Zeqiri offers some advice on how to work with your sitter to stay in line with Government social distancing guidelines, ensure safe sits and build brilliant relationships with sitters. Good fences make good neighbours: I love this old saying and it applies perfectly to a working relationship. If everybody knows what’s expected of them, it keeps misunderstandings to a minimum. During social distancing, we may not all be looking for babysitters but if you’re a key worker, it might still be necessary to get someone in to look after the your kids while you’re out looking after everyone …

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Working together to support our NHS

During the COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative that NHS staff can be available for their shifts. With schools, nurseries and other regular childcare facilities closed indefinitely, parents in the NHS will struggle to arrange the alternative childcare they need – particularly ad hoc and at short notice – to carry out their work. Whether they can or cannot is a matter of life and death. Across the country, medical students (including the brilliant Sam & Jenny from Edinburgh Med), NHS staff groups, and other stakeholders in the medical community, have decided that they will offer childcare (and other) services to …

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We’ve partnered with Uber to better support their mums and dads…

When we started bubble, we figured our app would be predominantly used by mums and dads to reclaim their social lives; evening and weekend sits, booked so they could spend more time with each other and their friends. And while much of what we see on the platform enables just that (and it’s a hugely important issue in it’s own right), today, bubble is about so much more than a Saturday night out, with almost as many sits now being booked by parents who need flexible childcare in order to work. Today, thousands of working parents tap into bubble to …

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Not just for Saturday nights: 5 other reasons parents book a babysitter

There’s nothing we love more than seeing how parents make use of the little bit of extra Me Time that bubble affords them. Often, the thought of booking a babysitter instinctively makes people think about Saturday night’s out (which is super important and worthwhile of course!)  but it turns out the parents on bubble can be way more resourceful than that, booking sitters so they can… Make that meeting Working Mums in particular use the app to book in ad-hoc childcare when they need to work from the office or from home – because trying to hit a deadline from your …

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A Sitter’s not just for Saturday Night

Thousands of parents across the UK are now booking babysitters on bubble every single day and two things we see quite clearly are: For many parents leaving our kids with a babysitter for the first time can be daunting. And… Booking a sitter is no longer something we only do for special occasions or Saturday nights. Both of these factors are contributing to a trend of mums (and dads too) increasingly tapping their app to get in help when they need it – whatever they need it for. We’re calling these occasions, a parent’s “mundane luxuries”. They’re the type of …

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Tips For Tommy’s: bubble app review

As part of our ongoing partnership with baby charity, Tommy’s, we recently asked Tommy’s employee, Caroline, to treat herself and her husband to a well-deserved night out, using bubble to find a babysitter for their two little girls. Here’s what she thought of her first-ever bubble experience… Was it easy to get started? I’ve been using a different babysitting service for ages now and I know exactly what I need to do to book someone, so, I’ll be honest, I was slightly apprehensive about trying something new. I was expecting it to be really complicated to set bubble up on …

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Our Charity Partner – Tommy’s

We’re so pleased to launch our charity partnership with Tommy’s, an amazing organisation, not only carrying out ground-breaking research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth but also providing critical support to parents and families affected. Now, parents using bubble to book their babysitters are able to add a “Tip for Tommy’s” when paying for their sit, and whenever they do, we’ll be donating our £3.50 booking fee to the charity as well. Tommy’s operates four research centres across the UK investigating the causes and treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. The centres also host clinics where pregnant women at …

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