A new childcare service Student Nannies Launch in Manchester
Student Nannies has launched in Manchester offer a new child care service to help parents.
The innovative new website www.studentnannies.com/manchester is aimed at joining parents who are looking for flexible, fun and fulfilling solutions to childcare with talented art, music, language and sports students from Manchester universities.
Parents can search by course and interest – allowing them to seek out students who can share their skills – whether its music, art, sports, languages – with their children.
Earlier this year, in its Childcare Survey 2019, the Family & Childcare Trust revealed that only 76% of local authorities in the north west have enough childcare for parents working full-time – leaving a quarter of families without access to support. The survey also showed that 57% of councils have insufficient after-school childcare for 5 to 11 year olds.
Tracey Blake, one of the founders of Student Nannies, believes the site can help bridge the childcare gap by creating a student army to help parents struggling to find support. The idea came about when Tracey and her husband hired a local art student to mind their two children and created amazing craft projects together every week.
The site links parents with local students who are looking for flexible childcare or babysitting work. With over 350,000 students within Greater Manchester, if just 1% signed up to become a nanny, they could help with over 3,500 families with their childcare needs.
Co-founder Tracey said: “Students are perfect for childcare because they are smart, energetic and available at flexible times. The response in Manchester has been phenomenal – there are over 150 bright and energetic young people all looking to share their skills, whether its art, music, languages, sports and more with families.
“Our network of students can work flexibly to help parents with the challenges of after-school care, babysitting and school holiday cover. By making it easier for parents to hold down demanding jobs we are boosting the economy, and with students currently under increasing financial pressure with rising living costs and university fees – we feel it is a real win-win for both parents and students!”
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