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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The school half-term survival guide for parents ‘too cool’ (cough) to plan

  Been too busy to think about school half-term, let alone plan anything? And you don’t want to waste a lovely family Bank Holiday weekend frantically ‘Googling’ educationally and emotionally fulfilling kids’ days out, or booking ridiculously expensive family mini-breaks? We don’t blame you! These days the pressure is on to plan every second, so if you’re an organised mum or dad who’s already got half term mapped out, then hats off. And if you’re the one who’s escaping to work next week, we salute you. But if you’re the parent who’s been head down and – BAM! – half-term has just hit …

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How to deal with a 1 year old heckler!

Hatty Ashdown – a comic and mum from South East London and MC of Screaming With Laughter, the original London lunchtime comedy club for parents and babies – describes the perils of mixing comedy and kids. “Everyone knows dealing with a heckler is one of the biggest challenges for a stand-up comic – well, how about when that heckler is 1 year old! I took over running Screaming With Laughter from comic Lucy Porter (the one off the telly) earlier this year, and MC’ing these shows is different to any other gigs I’ve done. It’s an amazing, unique challenge as …

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Introducing Babysitter Background Check

We’ve just released a new version of our app and amongst the many improvements, we’re really pleased to have our new Background Checks in place. Now, every babysitter on bubble is cleared through an identity check and an online background check before their profile goes live. This is part of our mission to build a platform and community that offers parents and sitters the safest, most trusted way to arrange their babysitting. We’ve partnered with a cutting-edge technology platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to screen individuals for some of the world’s biggest banks and financial institutions. The …

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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 Average Babysitting rates across the UK City Average babysitting rate p/hr Bath £8.50 Birmingham £9 Bournemouth £8.50 Brighton £9 Bristol £9 Cambridge £9.50 Canterbury £8.50 Cardiff £8.50 Edinburgh £9 Leeds £8 Leicester £8.50 London £10 Manchester £8.50 Newcastle £8 Nottingham £8 Oxford £9 Sheffield £8 Southampton £9 Southend £8 Taken from bubble babysitting data, download the app here Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to …

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Every January, we make a number of unrealistic resolutions for the new year, from learning a language or travelling to new countries to volunteering or running a marathon. Instead of adding to your to-do list, make 2017 the year you get more rest, let go of parental guilt and make some more time for yourself. Here are 7 resolutions that every parent needs to make this year (and you can always do that marathon too if you really want to…): Put aside some time each week to do something just for you. Not work. Not spending time with the kids. …

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Every January, we make a number of unrealistic resolutions for the new year, from learning a language or travelling to new countries to volunteering or running a marathon. Instead of adding to your to-do list, make 2017 the year you get more rest, let go of parental guilt and make some more time for yourself. Here are 7 resolutions that every parent needs to make this year (and you can always do that marathon too if you really want to…): Put aside some time each week to do something just for you. Not work. Not spending time with the kids. …

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Meet the Sitter – Episode #2

In the process of getting bubble off the ground, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and talk to lots of fantastic babysitters, boasting all kind of talents, backgrounds and experience. It made us think that we’d like to showcase some of the hero sitters we’re lucky enough to have on the app, so we decided to start a regular feature on the blog – Meet the Sitter.  This time, we caught up with Mary Savvides; Events Manager, First Aider and Master Baker…   bubble: Hi Mary, to kick off why don’t you describe yourself in three words MS: I’m bubbly, positive …

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“Meet the Sitter”

In the process of getting bubble off the ground, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and talk to lots of fantastic babysitters, boasting all kind of talents, backgrounds and experience. It made us think that we’d like to showcase some of the hero sitters we’re lucky enough to have on the app, so we decided to start a regular feature on the blog – Meet the Sitter – in which we ask one of the bubble babysitters nine questions about them (10 felt a bit clichéd….) and why they enjoy the work they do. First up, is Katie Maughan, a …

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5 great apps for busy parents

When my first kid Zeb arrived, amidst all the fun and excitement, I do remember thinking to myself that parenting was just too hard! Atara and I used to laugh about it but in all seriousness, for all of the innovation we’ve seen since the dawn of the internet, parenting’s not really gotten much easier to the extent that it has for almost everything else we do. The idea for bubble only came a couple years later and in helping parents find a babysitter easily, I’d like to think we’re doing our bit, but we’re not the only ones – …

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