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Why childcare providers should become a gold member

As a gold member you will receive lots of exclusive benefits and offers. Whether you are an owner, looking to expand your childcare business, an individual, starting a new career working with children, or even a Nanny looking to start a Nursery. There is something here for everyone.


Dashboard Features

Below are some of the features of our system. We are constantly adding/updating features. If there is a feature that you would like to see in your dashboard, let us know and our developers could look into it.


Deals

Exclusive Deals and Offers are only available to our ‘Gold’ members and not available to non-members or free members.

  • A free Website
  • Online Training Courses
  • Discounted bin products
  • Discounted baby essentials for your clients
  • Free Insurance for Childminders/Nannies
  • CRB Checks for employees/contractors (Nurseries only)
  • Free online Training Material
  • Discounted EYS Resources Platform

Each deal or offer has its own terms and conditions, so it is important that you read them carefully before applying.

Messages

The Secure Messaging system allows you to communicate with parents. This is a feature made avaialble to all users, however users who are not gold members will not be able to see/view received messages, unless either the sender or the recipient is a gold member.

You can also block a user which will hide all future messages that they send you. If a user is either sending you messages that would be deemed as going against our terms and conditions of service, simply report the user, which will create a ticket to our admins, who will look at and respond accordingly.

Some of the features of the messaging system include:

  • Shows the conversations you have had with users
  • Can easily define who has said, in the conversation
  • Its a bit like facebook messages (if you use facebook messages then you will be familier with our system)
  • You can block a user
  • You can Report a user

Adverts

Create a professional advert for your business. Simple choose a service type, whether it be a childminder/nursery/nanny plus many more to choose from. Complete the form adding as much information as you can about you/your company. Adding a list of items such as:

  • Images
  • About you/your company
  • Years of Experience/a short brief of your most recent experience
  • Availability
  • Add which days/times you are available
  • Qualifications
  • Fees
  • Add contact details, separate from your account details
  • Website Address (this could be the website that you have created on our system)
  • Choose whether to submit it live or save it as draft for later use

The Form will slightly change and different fields will become mandatory depending on which service you choose. Errors will return at the top if there is anything that is missed.

We understand that many childcare providers have their own babies/children, so we have gave you the ability to add multiple adverts not only as a provider but also as a parent looking for childcare services for your little one. There is no other childcare portal out there that offers this ability.

If you are creating an advert on behalf of a childminder or nursery then the advert will go through our approval team prior to it being made live/publicly accessible

Alerts

We give you the ability to control what emails you receive from us by allowing you to enabling and disable separate notifications, this is so that we can comply with GDPR. Some notifications include:

  • Receive an email when somebody sends you a message
  • Receive an email when a new deal goes live
  • Receive an email when somebody gives you feedback
  • Receive an email when you receive a response from a support ticket
  • When you apply for a Deal, receive an email containing Deal/coupon information

If you have a weekly schedule setup, you also have the ability to change the day which you receive the email. You can also set whether you want the schedule active.

Saved Adverts

We give you the ability to save searched Adverts so you can quickly revisit the advert for later use.

Saved Searches

If you are looking for a number of services for example, your seraching for parents seeking childcare services and looking for a childcare provider for your own child. Our system allows you to save search results so you can easily return to them at any time. This saves time in having to re submit the search form every time.

Help and Support Tickets

If you require a little help in using our system, there are a number of methods we have put in place. Our self help FAQ is designed to simply and effectively answer any queries which you may have relating to your account. Or if you would like a member of the team to investigate and respond to you, then simply create a support ticket and a member of the team will get back to you asap. Support is available through a number of channels, which include:

  • Our FAQs
  • Raising a support ticket
  • Giving us a call
  • Online instant chat

Activity Log

This section simply shows you what you have done in your account. We log almost everything, just so that if anything breaks our developers are able to look at your logs to determine what went wrong and where. We also log things for security purpose.

Testimonials

Lets say that you have a number of testimonials you have received throughout your career. We give you the ability to add your testimonials against multiple adverts. You will need to ensure that your advert has been created in the system prior to adding to an advert. This builds up trust with parents looking at your advert.

Documents

Adding documents against an advert builds trust with parents and couldnt be easier to do. If you only want to just list the documents you have then you can do. if you want to store a document with us in our secure location you can also do that too. If you decide to keep files with us, then we sometimes also check that the document is valid and we will also display the document is valid on the advert page, but only if it has been checked by us, however we are not obliged to do so.

For example, CRB checks, insurance certificates etc... you can name the document title yourself.

Type of documents we allow are:

  • Document
  • Certificates
  • Awards

On The advert against each document, we show whether you have uploaded the file. If the file has been uploaded and seen by a member of the team, then we will add this against the document.

Free Customer Prize Draws

Sometimes when we are feeling a little generous, occasionally we will give free prize draws to our customers. for example, on black friday 2019 we gave away a brand new TV, £100 Food voucher and two £25 vouchers. You don't have to register to be entered, however if the customer prize draw is only for gold members then you will see this in the deals section of your dashboard.

Online Search

Our online search facility allows you to quickly search for adverts by the means of entering into the serach form:

  • A service type i.e parent seeking a childcare,nursery etc...
  • A miles radius, to ensure that the search does not retrieve adverts greater than your maximum radius
  • A postcode so that the radius can start from a centre location.

Weekly Alert Schedule

Don't have time to keep searching every day? Our weekly alert schedule gives you the flexibility to receive adverts via your email. You can chose which day you would like to receive the weekly email on. This can be easily setup on the find childcare page against any search criteria.

Receive & Send Feedback to other Users

The ability to receive feedback from other members will build up trust for parents, which may lead to more enquiries. We also allow you to rate parents. If somebody clicks on View Feedback, then they will be able to see the feedback you have received and feedback you have gave to others, a bit like how ebay opperates its feedback system.

You can receive/send feedback and also include a star rating, the rating is as follows:

  • 5 stars - Excellent
  • 4 stars - Good
  • 3 stars - Average
  • 2 stars - Poor
  • 1 star - Bad

If you have received bad feedback which was not accurate then you have the right to contact us and explain why. If our team believes that the system has been abused and given incorrectly in a way which damages your business reputation on our system, then we will remove the bad feedback.


Your Very Own Website (save £1000s)

A website for your business gives a professional impression and usually costs between £2000 - £4000 for a simple 5 page website.

As a gold member, we will give you your very own website completely FREE. This offer is currently in development and coming soon so please join now to avoid disappointment.

So how does it work?

You simply choose your own theme from our range of templates; you can change the colours, add images and have up to 5 additional pages with no technical knowledge needed.

You get your very own sub domain, which, when entered into the address bar will look something like: my-business-name.payingforchildcare.org.uk.

If you already have a domain and website, that you want to use, then no problem, because we will, redirect, your old domain URL to your new unique URL and our system takes care of the rest. Your website will:

  • Look and feel differently compared to PFC website
  • Be secure
  • Be Mobile responsive
  • Fully optimised for SEO
  • Show no advertising or 'website designed by' links
A sub sub domain is a prefix set of characters displayed in the address bar before the website name, separated with a dot. for example:
my-company-name.payingforchildcare.org.uk
We hope to have this feature released by the end of Q1 in 2020
As this feature will be only available to gold members, if you do decide you no longer want to be a gold member, then your sub domain/website will be disabled and display page not found. However your data will not be deleted, so you can easily easily activate it again if you wish to re instate your gold membership.
It depends on who the company is you used to register your domain(website) with. There will be an option to 301 redirect your website. If you get stuck let our team know and we can help you.
Yes you can do, in fact this is called link building, which would help your website increase its ranking naturally in google.

Online Training Courses (a selection of over £1000 worth of courses to choose from)

Teaming up with Laser learning to give you free online professional training courses. There are many courses to choose from such as first aid, safeguarding etc...

Laser Learning short courses are written by industry professionals with an expertise in the subject and a wealth of knowledge to share. They are designed to be simple and easy to navigate, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a computer, mobile, or tablet.


Discounted Bin Products

Wheelie Klips solutions save you money and keep your general waste wheelie bin clean all year round. No need to pay to clean your bin, use the messy jet wash or use individual plastic bags (now not free from the supermarkets!).

Klip 'n' Bag holds your Klip Bag in a secure position so they do not fall into the bin when rubbish is dropped in. But that's not all, the Klip 'n' Fresh product holds a specially designed spray bottle with a uniquely developed Zesty Citrus fragrance created to neutralise odours, reducing the possibility of fly or insect infestation! Keeps your bin nice and fresh all year round!


Discounted Baby essentials for your clients

Baby essentials can be very expensive (costing up to £70 a month) on products such as:

  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Clothes
  • Toys
  • Other toiletries/bathing products

Our collective buying power means we can all share in discounted prices. Saving both you and your clients, hundreds of pounds.


Free Insurance for Childminders/Nanny's

We are currently discussing plans with our Insurance partners, and planning to introduce FREE insurance, in the very near future, for all Gold members, Childminders and Nannies This offer is currently in development and coming soon so please join now to avoid disappointment.

  • Available for Childminders
  • Available for Nanny's
  • Up to £5 million professional indemnity
  • Up to £5 million Public Liability
  • Strict Terms & Conditions will apply

Discounted EYS Resources Platform

Partnering with Early Years Staffroom their website is excellent value for money; saving Teachers hours of their time every week so they can spend it with their family. The resources and planning are created by Early Years Experts which makes a big difference in the quality. Our aim is to provide high quality planning that Teachers can rely on. Resources requested are created very quickly and we pride ourselves on amazing customer service and provide support for members when unions don’t.

  • High quality Early Years resources, planning templates and brainstorm ideas for enhanced planning created by Early Years Experts
  • Bespoke active and practical phonics program
  • Bespoke guided maths program
  • A unique program to build your own learning journey and reflect on your practice
  • Resources made to request with no additional charge
  • A calendar of celebrations with information and ideas
  • Keep current with the latest news in Early Years in a regular newsletter
  • Learn new skills and improve your practice
  • Join a supportive community of likeminded Early Years Practitioners with free access
    to an exclusive vetted group with anonymous posting
  • Stress relief and increased well-being

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