For Babysitters

Screen time for kids – what’s right, wrong and recommended?

Jump to a section: Screen time: a bad thing? Official recommendations The benefits & wider picture Screen time: a redundant term? Content & Context Tips for parents Summary FACT: parenting is hard. Take the summer holidays for example, 6 weeks of being a constant source of entertainment for the little ones – it’s tiring, especially when paired with work and all of the other things life throws at us. It’s times like this when the calling call from the big (or little!) screen is at its most tempting. Tablets and TVs have, we say cautiously, lent some parents a helping

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London’s most explosive firework displays this Bonfire Night

The clocks have turned their backs on us: it’s dark when we wake up for work; and even darker when we get back. Not to mention the painfully crisp autumn air… Well, it’s not all doom and gloom, as Bonfire Night is fast approaching! So, gloves on and sparklers at the ready, as we all prepare to gather round, etch our names in the dark, and watch an explosive display of mesmerising colours. If you’re out and about in London this week, we’ve got some must-visit firework shows for you to check out that are sure to end with a

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Coping with colds

A guest post by angels & urchins – home to great parenting advice, reviews and much more. Parents (and kids) always dread the onset of colds and flu and now is when bugs are rife, so any little gadgets that might ease a situation or bring relief to discomfort is always welcomed. Here is a selection of some great products that you should have in your medicine cabinet and some that are perfect for travelling. Nuk Nasal Decongester: Successfully get rid of a snotty/blocked nose when baby isn’t old enough to blow it. £3.99 nuk.co.uk NEW Brother Max 6-in-1 thermometer: This brand

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Getting kids healthy – food hacks and our top tips

Jump to a section: Is there a childhood obesity crisis? Getting kids healthy – the obstacles Healthy food hacks for kids Other tips for getting kids healthier Summary Over the last few years, the healthy and fitness industry has exploded. From Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil to Joe Wicks’ world domination, we are now, like never before, inundated with cookbooks, fitness DVDs and lifestyle blogs aiming to change the way we eat, exercise and feel. This is all well and good for us grown ups, but what about the little ones in our lives? We can’t, as much as we would

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8 top tips to keep the kids amused

Let’s be honest. Whilst we love our kids to bits we could all do with a bit more quiet time. So for National Quiet Day, we’ve devised a list of 8 top quiet saves to keep the kids calm and occupied, using items that you either already have around the house or are easy to pop in the shopping trolley. 1. Paper bunting All you need is string, paper and colouring pencils. Cut the paper into triangles (your job is now done). Ask the children to prepare the bunting for an event that you may have coming up such as

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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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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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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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Babysitting rates: what should you pay a babysitter in the UK?

Jump to section: Babysitting rates in the UK What might the rate depend on? Wrong amount of cash at the end of the night? It’s a personal choice Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to time, you could argue that babysitters pretty much prop up our society. They’re lifesavers that keep us sane. But finding a good, reliable babysitter isn’t without its problems. In general, when it comes to sorting out babysitters, there are 2 problems: where do you find a good babysitter and how much should you pay your babysitter? This article

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