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    Hi all,

    I've hit a stumble where I can't seem to fill my childminding vacancies, this is starting to become quite stressful!

    Does anyone have any ideas of where I could advertise my vacancies? I'm constantly on the childcare.co.uk website however haven't really had much luck lately!

    I would very much appreciate any suggestions on this.

    Thank you,
    Helena

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    Do you have a website? Mine has been quite useful
    Time Out.. The perfect time for thinking about what you're going to destroy next.

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    Now is not the time to be shy - strike up conversations at school and in the local shops and tell everyone you have a vacancy.

    You never know who knows who!

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    Local family information service? Facebook page? Facebook local groups? Sign on your car? Speak with local childminders and let them know you have vacancies - we have a group of us and we pass enquiries on to each other. Local preschools may let you advertise if you're happy to collect from there etc?

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    Car magnets from Vistaprint, sign in front window or side gate - I got mine from Vistaprint, facebook settings page, post on local mums facebook pages saying you have a rare space and put a link to your amazing facebook page, website, talk to everyone you know, childcare.co.uk, postcards on any noticeboard everywhere, register on google maps, listing on *****...

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    Thank you all for your suggestions! I've definitely taken most of these on and hoping for some results.

    Thank you again, I'll let you know how it goes!

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    Have you told your other parents that you have a vacancy? They might actually need a permeates extra day or might want a kid free day on the run up to Christmas.
    They also might just mention it to one of their work mates or in laws etc...

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    Connect some local childminders (give them a ring or go meet at toddlers) offer to cover sickness and if they have any enquiries they can't do would they please pass on your number ?

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    Give your current parents a handful of your business cards to hand out to their friends - tell them that if you get an enquiry that leads to a new child starting that you will give them a few hours free babysitting, especially useful with Xmas parties starting soon.

    Stand outside your local NCT sales handing out flyers to people waiting to go in (there is always a queue outside ones in our town as they let the members in first), most people in the queue will be parents, parents to be or grandparents (or a childminder looking for a bargain) - don't hand out leaflets inside the building though, a childminder friend of mine got told off for that.

    Hope some more work comes your way soon

 

 

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