Childcare Website Membership Hits 80,000

Childcare Website Membership Hits 80,000

Childcare Website Membership Hits 80,000

The CEO of credits the rapid expansion to their business to the easy access to the location and address. The child care website this week hit the 80,000 member mark. The company uses postcodes and geographic data to help parents locate the nearest registered nanny.

They use the data which is available from ‘postcode anywhere’ to power their search engine, and this makes it easier for parents to find their child care without the need to involve an often costly agency. The contacts listed in the database include nannies, au pairs, babysitters, housekeepers and child minders.

This new and improved service, which had a major relaunch in July 2009, has also greatly increased its database of professionals offering their services. From an initial 25,000 local housekeeping and childcare candidates there are now over 40,000.

Tom Harrow, CEO of, said: “ is a one-stop resource for finding childcare and domestic help. The site was established to help people looking for a housekeeper, cleaner, or anything related to childcare – not just babysitters.

“I started the business with my wife Vanessa in 2006. She’d set up a nanny agency, now established with 15 staff. The website empowers people to do the search themselves. With a subscription fee of £30 per month, it can be a very cost-effective way to find childcare.

“We have 40,000 candidates and have just hit 80,000 members, with some more big milestones on the way. We already had a massive database of postcodes and it was just a case of fine-tuning it. Now people can search across London and the rest of the UK using full or part postcodes.

“We get more than 100 registrations a day. When someone registers with us, we validate their address using Postcode Anywhere. It’s very important to us to get the details right as they’re being entered. As with the geo-coding behind the “where’s my nearest?” tool powering the website, our whole business relies on the integrity of our data. Get it wrong, and this falls down.

“We did go through a process to see who would suit our needs best. We narrowed it down to three vendors, looking at price, track record, and by trying to get a feel for uptime levels. In the end, we chose Postcode Anywhere, because it ticked all the boxes.

“We’ve had zero downtime too, which is really very important to us – and to tell the truth, we’d happily pay a lot more for the quality of service we receive from Postcode Anywhere.

“If you want a full host of the postcode and geographic data it’s out of the question for a small business. But access to the data is essential for our business model. Why bother building the service yourself when it’s far more cost-effective and reliable to use an established supplier like Postcode Anywhere?”

The service enables childcare givers to actively search and find local childcare work by applying to jobs posted by families and inviting parents to view their profile page. is free for child carers to sign up and search for local nanny or babysitting jobs. For more information, please visit

To find out more about Postcode Anywhere’s range of services for small businesses, please visit

1 comment to Childcare Website Membership Hits 80,000

  • My daughter was at work with me until she started walking. Not in HOME either. At my WORK. i would lay a playmat down for her to roll around on. I got her a bit jeep as she got older to cruise around the office in. And also a jumperoo and swing. It figured out fine. I’d say if your at a desk… it would be NO problem having himthere with you. you can surprisingly do alot while feeding… on a computer. And then during naptimes… save your more challenging stuff for then.
    It can compute. but as she started walking it was harder to monitor what all she was getting into… therefore, she now goes to daycare.

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