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Can anyone help me get childcare experience?

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somethingwitty3432 Tue 06-Dec-16 11:07:28

Hi everyone,

I'm currently going through the adoption process & looking to gain voluntary experience with children aged 0-5. I have plenty of non-professional childcare experience in this age group with nieces & nephews etc so perfectly confident looking after kids but this isn't counted in my application. If anyone has any suggestions/is looking for help with kids I'm based in Bedfordshire but happy to drive wherever, I'm DBS checked, trained in Emergency First Aid for children as well as Safeguarding. I'm also a trained youth worker & work with children's (aged 11-21) charity's. I've asked local nurseries & volunteering centres but not getting anywhere fast.


NannyR Tue 06-Dec-16 11:15:16

I don't know if you are religious, but a lot of churches are desperately looking for Sunday school and creche volunteers.

Rumtopf Tue 06-Dec-16 11:18:43

Have you spoken to your local sure start? The library might also run a baby group for you to volunteer at, or have a ring round your local childminders and see if they would be happy for you to come in for a few hours.

somethingwitty3432 Tue 06-Dec-16 11:37:06

I hadn't thought of either of those but I will do - thanks both! :-)

DellaPorter Thu 29-Dec-16 09:56:02

Offer to help
Out with Cubs?

DellaPorter Thu 29-Dec-16 09:58:12

Sorry, didn't read that properly ... 0-5 ... Try contacting local twins club and see if you can help
Out there/if any families need a hand

MissJSays Thu 29-Dec-16 14:54:46

Contact local private day nurseries and explain your situation. A lot don't take volunteers, but if you say you're just looking for a couple of hours and explain about the adoption process I can't see many nursery managers turning you down

wizzywig Fri 30-Dec-16 00:02:55

Aah poo my youngest is 6

custardismyhamster Sun 08-Jan-17 16:53:00

Rainbows/Brownies/Guides would most likely bite your hand off especially if you could commit to a chunk of time (a term, perhaps) then they could plan activities around having an extra pair of hands

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