Role Models

Creative Childcare in London

We provide childcare with a difference.

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E.g. Wedding, christening, birthday parties etc.

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Role Models is a unique service providing skilled & engaging ad hoc and ongoing part-time childcare in London.

We want to inspire children to create and learn, whilst having fun at the same time.

Not only do our Role Models have extensive childcare experience but they are also lucky enough to be super talented in at least one of music, arts & crafts, drama, sport or homework (whilst many also come with other talents such as cooking or languages).  What’s more, they all love sharing their passion with children.  Our ongoing Role Models can normally commit to a minimum of 3 months, potentially longer depending on your requirements (e.g. after-school care or full time roles in the holidays).

 

 

Arts and Crafts Childcare

This means if your son is a budding tennis player then you can either pick a run-of-the-mill babysitter (who can’t keep up) or we can find an ad hoc or ongoing Role Model who loves playing sport as much as he does!  Similarly, if your daughter enjoys being a drama queen then why not let us match her with a trained performer?

Whether it’s playing the trombone, helping with homework after-school or playing sport we aim to provide a fun Role Model that best suits each family’s requirements – on an ad hoc or regular basis.  You can rest assured that they’ll be more impressive than a typical nanny, manny or babysitter!

All our Role Models have been CRB checked, reference checked, interviewed, speak fluent English and have extensive childcare experience. The vast majority are personal recommendations.

To book a Role Model or for more information, please give us a call or email us: 020 3637 7107 / info@rolemodels.me.

 

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Fun and Engaging Childcare During Your Big Day

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Why not let Role Models entertain your children during your event? Whether you’re planning a wedding, celebrating your 50th or welcoming a new arrival to the family, Role Models can look after, and entertain you and/or your guests’ children throughout the day, allowing you to focus on making your event day very special. You are offered a hassle-free, fun and professional childcare service including:

  • Either one or a number of ‘Role Model’ child carers to be present throughout your event (no event is too big or too small)
  • One to one or group childcare activities tailored to your schedule
  • Role Models can be available anywhere in the UK and even travel abroad to your event venue if required
  • Activity ideas and toys to keep children focused (and busy during those speeches/presentations!)
  • Role Models will stay overnight if required and assist the next day

Not only do our Role Models have extensive childcare experience but they are also lucky enough to be super talented in at least one of music, arts & crafts, drama, sport or homework (whilst many also come with other talents such as cooking or languages). What’s more, they all love sharing their passion with children. All our Role Models have been DBS checked, reference checked, interviewed, speak fluent English and have extensive childcare experience. The vast majority are personal recommendations. Please get in touch to see how we can cater for your childcare requirements during your event day.

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Childcare FAQs

Q. Why would I choose ‘Role Models’ over any other childcare agency?

A. We provide childcare with a difference.

We want to inspire children to create and learn, whilst having fun at the same time.  Not only do our Role Models have extensive childcare experience but they are also lucky enough to be super talented in at least one of music, arts & crafts, drama, sport or homework (whilst many also come with other talents such as cooking or languages).  What’s more, they all love sharing their passion with children.

This means if your son is a budding tennis player then you can either pick a run-of-the-mill babysitter (who can’t keep up) or we can find a Role Model who loves playing sport as much as he does!  Similarly, if your daughter enjoys being a drama queen then why not let us match her with a trained performer?

Q. Do Role Models care for my children in our home or somewhere else?

A. Role Models travel to your London home and care for your child there.  With your permission of course, they may also take your child out to the local park or play area, for example.

Q. What safety checks do you have in place?

A. All Role Models have been DBS checked (previously called CRB checks), reference checked, have extensive previous childcare experience, have been personally interviewed, speak English fluently and are over 21. The vast majority are personal recommendations.

Q. Which parts of London do Role Models travel to?

A. Role Models travel to anywhere in London (defined as zones 1-6).

Q. What inspired the ‘Role Models’ concept?

A. Numerous educational studies* have shown the positive impact that extra-curricular activities can have on a child’s creativity, cognitive & sensory development, spatial-temporal reasoning, social skills and self-esteem.  We wanted to encourage this development and have tons of fun along the way!

*Including:

Music and Cognitive Abilities, 2005;

Play = learning: How play motivates and enhances children’s cognitive and social-emotional growth, 2006;

Physical Education and Sports in Schools: A Review of Benefits and Outcomes, 2006

Q. What does it take to become a Role Model?

A. We look for experienced child carers who are talented, enthusiastic and dynamic (or ‘TED’ as we like to call it).  Our Role Models come from many walks of life but the majority are teachers, actors or musicians.

Q. What can I expect from an arts & crafts session, for example?

A. Artistically talented yet resourceful and fun, expect Jessie, Domitilla, Noa and other arts and crafts experts here at Role Models to share their creative minds with your child.  Whether it’s painting, making a cat out of papier mache, or even turning a basic set of materials into something homemade and wonderful, you can rely on Role Models to inspire your child and to have fun doing it.

Q. Does ‘Role Models’ care for children of all ages?

A. We provide childcare for children of all ages.

Q. Do you provide childcare for children with special educational needs?

A. Yes, some of our Role Models have experience teaching or caring for children with specific learning difficulties.

Q. Is there a limit on the number of times I can request a Role Model?

A. No, you have access to Role Models as often as you like.

Q. What are your fees?

A. We charge £16.50 per hour (minimum 3 hour sessions) for our Role Models.  Members pay £20 per month (or £200 per year) for unlimited access to our team of Role Models.   Non-members pay a £30 fee per session booked.  Our customers are invoiced at the end of the month to avoid multiple payments during each month.

You can also take a Role Model on holiday with you at a rate of £130 per day.

Q. Can I pay with childcare vouchers?

A. Unfortunately we cannot accept childcare vouchers for our Creative Childcare service. As a childcare agency we cannot be Oftsed Registered, which is a requirement for the vouchers to be accepted. However, we do accept childcare vouchers for our Life Skills Courses at certain venues.

Q. Can I have the same Role Model for each session?

A. We cannot guarantee the same Role Model every time, but if this is what you would like, we will aim to do this whenever possible.  The more notice you provide, the easier this becomes.

Q. How much notice do I need to provide?

A. Typically we request 48 hours notice and weekend bookings should be made by the preceding Wednesday.  However, we will still try our best to find a Role Model if less notice is given.

Q. Is there a minimum length for each session?

A. Yes, each session is a minimum of three hours.

Q. Do your Role Models have driving licenses?

A. Around half our Role Models hold driving licenses. However, not all of them have cars so if you’d like a Role Model to do any driving then you may need to insure them on your car for that session.

Q. Can I take a Role Model on holiday to help look after my children?

A. Yes, absolutely. If the Role Model is available to join you on holiday then this service is provided at a rate of £130 per day.  You are expected to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals.

Q. How can I contact ‘Role Models’ to ask any questions?

A. Feel free to contact ‘Role Model’s via email (info@rolemodels.me) or phone (020 3637 7107).

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charlie-with-kidOur Childcare fees are simple.

Members

  • £16.50 per hour, invoiced via email at the end of each calendar month. The rate is capped at £165 per day (for up to 12 hours)
  • £20 per month membership (minimum two months), paid by direct debit. Annual membership available for £200.

Non-members

  • £16.50 per hour, invoiced via email at the end of each calendar month.  The rate is capped at £165 per day (for up to 12 hours).
  • £30 booking fee (per 3-12 hour session), invoiced via email at the end of each calendar month.

Notes

  • Minimum booking time is three hours.
  • For sessions within London zones 1-6 Role Models travel to and from each session at their own expense.
  • Typically, we require 48 hours notice to book a Role Model, although we will do our best to find someone if less notice is given.
  • Once we’ve received your request, we will email you a profile of the available Role Model(s) who matches your criteria.
  • The Role Model will give you a call the day before to introduce themselves, confirm timings and discuss any requirements.
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Short breaks (12-48 hours)

  • Rates are as described above.
  • For sessions outside London zones 1-6 Role Models’ travel costs, food and accommodation will be covered by the client.

Holidays (longer than 48 hours)

In need of a helping hand on holiday? Whether they’ll be building sand castles, helping on the ski slopes or playing board games when it’s raining, we can also organise a Holiday Role Model and tailor a package to your requirements, invoiced via email at the end of each calendar month. For sessions outside London zones 1-6 (UK and abroad) Role Models’ travel costs, food and accommodation will be covered by the client.

For more details or to make a booking please contact us either via email or phone (info@rolemodels.me / 020 3637 7107).