Tips for childcarers

Do you have any Childcarer top tips?

Of course! Whether you’ve just joined Inloco or are looking to raise your Inloco profile and get more jobs, here are our top tips to become a super Inloco carer:

  • Add a happy, smiley profile picture of yourself. Be sure it’s clear, in focus and well lit.
  • Make sure your profile picture is appropriate to share with the families and children you want to work for.
  • Take the time to share interesting and relevant information about yourself in your profile and why you love working with children.
  • Be open and friendly, make it personal and don’t forget to check the spelling for typos!
  • It’s a great way to boost your profile and to hear and learn from the feedback you are given.
  • Families really appreciate a quick response to messages and booking requests – it shows you are responsive and on the ball! 
  • Make sure your notifications are turned on and check your emails regularly.
  • Once a booking is confirmed, send the family a personal message. It’s really reassuring for a family to hear from you.
  • If there are any details about a booking that aren’t clear to you, ask for clarification in advance.

I’m a childcarer but new to Inloco. What should I look out for?

For our newer childcarers out there, here are some top tips on how to become a brilliant 5* Inloco childcarer:

  • The children’s safety is your top priority. Keep this front of mind at all times and ask the family before they leave you in charge to confirm:
    • Where their first aid kit is kept.
    • What their emergency contact numbers are.
    • Whether there are any allergies or medical conditions you should be aware of.
    • Where you can find a fire extinguisher.
  • Never give a child medicine without parental consent
  • Keep a close eye on what the children are doing at all times.
  • Families really value you engaging the children in the activities they enjoy – find out what they love to do, and also any boundaries you need to stick to, such as screen time or homework.
  • Get involved and have fun – and if appropriate build physical activity and creativity in to your time with the children.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure about anything – are there any family rules you should know about or special routines? And be sure to stick to them!
  • Ask if there is anything else you should be aware of, like when they last ate, any likes / dislikes, any bedtime routines, etc.
  • Always tidy up after playing or meal times and leave the house as you found it. If you can lend a hand in any way to help the family keep the house clean and tidy it will make their day when they come back!  
  • Families love to get updates and to hear what you and the children are up to. Letting the family know that all is well and that they are having a happy time is comforting for them and puts them at ease.
  • If a child is unwell, always get in touch immediately.
  • Always ask parents or guardians for their permission before you take a photo of their child, and never share or post photos of the children anywhere.