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Free childcare management platform launched in Scotland

Challenges with childcare – either finding it or affording it – is a hot topic at the moment with research suggesting that more and more parents are choosing to leave the workforce in an attempt to save money.

According to research from Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS), more than a third of parents (36%) find it difficult to find preschool childcare, 76% said this was due to affordability issues. Of those parents who found it difficult to find childcare 67% would rely on friends of family and 63% would either reduce their working hours or choose not to work or attend education at all.

One parent said: “The waiting lists are long and costs high. It makes more sense for one parent not to work at all.”

Another said, “It is a sacrifice to our household income to have childcare in order to work full time and I do not have support from other family members.”

With the average cost of a part time nursery place in the UK at £148 per week, it’s no wonder that parents are finding childcare inaccessible.

Thankfully there’s an innovative platform that aims to help both parents and providers.

Caerus [care-us] is a new childcare management tool that helps parents to find, book and pay for all of their childcare needs – early learning & childcare, school age childcare and children’s clubs and activities – all in one single platform.

It helps childcare providers to advertise their services, take bookings, manage their service users, input observations and make sure that they have enough team members to support the successful delivery of their activities.

The software also allows them to offer a flexible childcare model – a model that actively helps parents to save money as they only pay for the time they use.

Caerus doesn’t force providers to become flexible but with the option of offering hourly spaces childcare providers can sell extra spaces, maximise their capacity and increase their profits while simultaneously giving parents the childcare choices they desperately need.

And the best news is, Caerus is free to use, for both parents and providers.

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