Some useful flexible childcare services to help you navigate your return to work

We’ve round up some of the services available to parents who may need a bit of help on a temporary basis or are looking for a more flexible childcare arrangement. The list is by no means exhaustive and a bit of a work in progress so please keep checking regularly to see what else we’ve found for you!


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This new flexible childcare facility offered by FountLondon might be precisely the solution working parents with young children need this summer.  FountKids breaks away from the formalities of a day nursery and also offers a drop-in creche for children aged 1-5 years, plus co-working options for parents, in a creative studio within the same building. You can book everything from a 2 hr slot to a half day or a full day and prices are really reasonable and #THMsmembers enjoy buy one get one free! FountKids is brand new but already registered with Ofsted so you can use your vouchers and tax free childcare. FountKids has been modelled after FountLondon, which has an outstanding rating from Ofsted so parents can be assured children will be well cared for.

When: Monday to Friday 8am-6pm

You can book a 2 hr slot, hourly, for £20 starting from 8am to 4pm

Half days are £35 from 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm

Full days for £76 from 8am to 6pm.

Where: FountShoreditch, 188 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6HU




Because we MUST break the stigma of women being the only humans capable of nurturing children, start them young with a manny instead of a nanny!

Based in Hackney, Manny & me have lots of mannies and nannies to help you meet your flexible childcare needs. Whether looking for in-house support during school breaks or for a fun, enthusiastic and active individual to take away with you on a family holiday, they’ve got your man (or woman).

They have lots of teachers, educators and coaches on their books that are often not working during both private and state school holiday periods. They plan well in advance for school holiday childcare and usually have all their candidates ready, checked and in search of work months in advance.



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An Emergency Childcare Centre and Holiday club providing high-quality temporary childcare and education for children aged 3 months to 11 years. Offering flexibility around booking sessions for those unpredictable events but also including reservations up to 20 weeks in advance.

At the Westferry Circus Centre, your little one will spend the day as happy as possible within an expert childcare setting which is both gentle and welcoming. Bright Horizons prides itself on its Early Years Foundation curriculum and so your little one will enjoy learning and playing while you get on with life as normal. The Columbus Courtyard Nursery is an enormous playroom for them to enjoy activities both child and practitioner-led. They also have space for older siblings up aged up to 11 years.

Full Day 8am-6pm £100.52

Half Day 8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm Over 2 £67.43

Childcare vouchers accepted

Where: Bright Horizons Westferry Circus, 2 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4HD

Contact: 0333 363 5734



My Travelling Nanny specialises in matching families with school holiday childcarers. With a large network of students, teachers, and professional nannies based across London, whose aim is to keep kids busy, entertained and stimulated during the school breaks.

They can help with homework or tutoring, organising trips to museums or parks, and all the normal cooking, and tidying that comes with the territory! They also have Nannies that travel with families on their villa holidays or business trips, within the UK and also overseas. Allowing parents to have some child-free evenings or days out, and also an extra pair of eyes/hands to keep the kids entertained and safe at the pool or beach. Sounds like a dream, right? It gets better, there are no upfront fees or registration fees!

Contact: or 020 8133 3126




Tinies has been providing peace of mind for parents for nearly 40 years. Their experience really shines through as they are able to match all kinds of childcarers to the individual needs of parents. They can provide nannies on permanent, emergency, flexible and temporary childcare positions so perfect for working parents during school holidays. They’re one of the biggest and most established networks of childcare providers in the UK so should be able to help you coordinate the kind of care you need. All of their childcarers are rigorously screened to include checks on DBS, first aid certificates, 2 years of references and all potential nannies are interviewed before being offered to parents. You can be at ease knowing your little one is in good hands.

Contact: 020 77365214 or email



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