WIN A YEAR OF HOSPTER & £50 WORTH OF BABYSITTING

We’ve teamed up with innovative app Hopster to give you lucky readers an absolute gem of a competition. What’s up for grabs? A year’s membership to Hopster and £50 worth of babysitting via bubble. What is Hopster? Hopster is a children’s development app for ages 2 – 6 where they’ll find books, games, music, their favourite TV shows, and more. They pride themselves on curating quality kids’ content and pairing it with interactive learning and development games. That means when Hopster is on, you can rest assured you’re child is watching something meaningful and being immersed in a unique, creative, …

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How to find a babysitter at short notice

Jump to a section: How to find a short-notice babysitter bubble’s Express Book Getting comfortable with a last-minute sitter How much does a last-minute sitter cost? Summary We’ve all been there. You’re in the midst of a hectic day when you get a call from a friend, “still on for tonight, hope you haven’t forgotten?!” “Of, course – as if I’d forget.” You lie. Now, back in your pre-parenting years, this wouldn’t have been a problem – you’d get home, change and head on out. Today, however, is different. There are extra mouths to feed and little people to get …

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DBS & CRB checks – all the information you need

We’ve all heard of CRB and DBS checks – they’re ubiquitous terms in the childcare sector. But what do they really mean and how should they be used? This article will take a look at what CRB/DBS checks are, how babysitters can get one, their strengths and limitations and more importantly, the additional steps parents can take to ensure that their kids are in safe hands. What is a DBS check? ‘DBS’ stands for ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’. A DBS check is essentially a report of somebody’s criminal record. There are different types of DBS checks, which we cover later …

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Express Book is here

We’re really excited about a new feature we’ve just released called Express Book. Express Book, allows a parent in need of a babysitter at short notice (today or tomorrow) to post up their sit requirements. They then get a shortlist back of willing babysitters, and confirm the sit with the one that’s right for them. It also allows for local babysitters to bid for the work in real time. It’s early days, but so far, on average, Express Book has been providing potential babysitters to parents in less than one minute – 43 seconds to be precise! You can watch a video …

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Face painting for beginners: all you need to know

Let’s face it – whether it’s at parties, fetes, Halloween or weddings, our children are ALWAYS drawn to Face Painters. We suspect they may have a sixth sense, or they know that as parents, we love nothing more than a long, gruelling queue. We have been to countless events where we have had to wait, whilst one Face Painter works his way through a succession of children, until finally, our beloved kids get their go. It’s normally at this point you realise that the face painter is nearing exhaustion, and his face paints have been getting progressively worse as he …

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2 for 1 Cinema Tickets: bubble reviews Dunkirk

As parents, we know that as lovely as the summer holidays are, they can be extremely tiring. That’s why this summer, we’ve partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to give bubble users exclusive 2 for 1 cinema tickets to any Mon – Thurs showing. You can get your 2 for 1 code here. Got your code? Babysitter booked? Now it’s time to choose a movie. Here’s our current recommendation: DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan is synonymous with complex plots. Films such as Memento and Inception, as amazing as they are, require multiple viewings to fully grasp what the heck is going on. Dunkirk, however, …

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9 blockbuster movies written by parents

As part of our Partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas – offering parents on bubble 2 for 1 cinema tickets – we’ve a competition over on Facebook, giving away an Annual Membership to Picturehouse. To enter, just join us for a game of #parentswritethemovies. Need some inspiration? See below… 1. PLANET OF THE WIPES 2.TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT…OF SLEEP 3. WA WA LAND 4. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE CHILD 5. MAD MAX: THE ROAD TO POTTY TRAINING 6. LORD OF THE TEETHING RINGS 7. KNOCKED UP… AGAIN 8. LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY 9. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM: DADDY OR CHIPS? What does an Annual Membership at …

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Baby Driver: the must-see movie

For many, going to see the latest movie takes a back seat once the kids arrive. Tom Cruise becomes Thomas the Tank Engine, whilst Brad and Angelina are replaced by Ben and Holly… That’s why we’ve partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to give bubble users exclusive 2 for 1 tickets to any Mon – Thurs showing. You can get your exclusive 2 for 1 code here. So you’ve got your code. The babysitter has been booked. Now it’s time to choose a movie. As always, we’re here to help – so here’s a recommendation from us… BABY DRIVER You’re in the car, …

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5 things to do in London this summer

We’ve just had the hottest day in June for more than 40 years. Some loved it, others hated it; almost everyone talked about it. Whether you like it or not, summer has arrived, and it did so in formidable fashion. So here are 5 awesome things to do in London whilst the sun has his proverbial hat on. Some you can do with your kids; others you may need to book a sitter for – speaking of which, we know an app that’s good for that… 1. THE BEACH BRENT CROSS With the long summer days upon us, what better …

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