One of the biggest issues with modern childcare is that it costs a lot, with little flexibility in bookings.

Family life changes almost every day – that’s why it makes sense to have childcare that can change too.

Any parent who uses childcare knows the frustration of having to pay for your child’s place, even when they’re home sick or you’re away on a family holiday. And it’s just as tricky to book extra ad hoc days when you need them. There’s just no ‘give’ in childcare for the modern mum.

Or is there?

Swapple.me is a brilliant new website that childcare centres all over the country are using. It’s an innovative booking and swapping system that can make your centre work in your favour to make childcare more flexible and affordable.

Here’s how swapple.me works

At most Early Learning Centres (ELCs), you pay full fees for your child’s place, even when they don’t turn up. Whether your child is sick, you take holidays or have to attend an appointment – there’s no relief from paying. It it’s your regular care day, you have to pay.

At the same time, there are always other parents chasing extra days or who would love the flexibility of additional ad hoc care. Maybe they’re sick and need help, there’s a family emergency, work is extra busy or mum just needs a break. Whatever it is, this mum would love to book an extra one-off day.

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So, what if you didn’t have to pay full fees when your child is not using their place? And what if you could have more flexibility with bookings?

With swapple.me, you now can!

The swapple.me website lets you anonymously notify other parents at your childcare centre if your child won’t be attending on a particular day. If you can’t use your place, but someone else can, you won’t have to pay full fees for that day. Who wouldn’t like to save some money on childcare fees!

On the flip side, if you need to pick up another day for any reason and someone else’s child is away, you can book another parents’ unneeded spot.

At the same time, there are always other parents chasing extra days or who would love the flexibility of ad hoc care. Maybe they’re sick and need help, there’s a family emergency, work is extra busy or mum just needs a break. Whatever it is, this mum would love to book a one-off day.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, it is. Currently, stacks of childcare centres in Australia are already meeting the demands of their families with this great tool. If your centre doesn’t offer this, it’s time to ask why!

Here are all the features and benefits for mums and dads:

  • Save money: swapple.me makes childcare more affordable with a user-pays format reducing money wasted on days you don’t need
  • Enjoy flexibility: swapple.me makes childcare more accessible for one-off bookings, extra days or taking time out of care
  • Book or relinquish a spot with just a click: It’s super-simple to action, with a user-friendly website compatible with smart phones, computers and tablets
  • Your data is managed safely: With swapple.me your transactions are totally anonymous. When it comes to anything to do with our kids online we need complete peace of mind and this is it!
  • There’s no cost to try it: swapple.me is completely free for parents to use (your centre pays a small transaction fee).

Looking to save costs on childcare? If you’re looking for more affordable and flexible childcare, make sure your centre is using swapple.me.

As the team at Mum Central said when discussing this product, ‘Why did nobody think of this earlier? It’s genius!

Oh and PS: If you’re currently attending a childcare where swapple.me is not used, why not suggest it to your centre? Or get in touch with the swapple.me team and they’ll do it for you.

There are actually heaps of benefits for centres too. And it only takes a few minutes for your centre to set up an account and get it running for parents to use, so everyone wins!

Need we say more?


This is a sponsored article for swapple.me

 

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Mother-of-two. Tea lover. Lego Ninja. Expert in carpet Play Dough extraction. Victoria Louis is a 30-something writer based in Sydney, NSW. A former marketing manager who loves to laugh there’s no topic she won’t explore. Victoria is full of opinion, big on kindness and believes the day is always better with a dash of lipstick.

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