Koru Kids, a childcare platform that provides part-time nannies, is creating 9,000 new nanny and childminder jobs across the UK by the end of the year.
During the pandemic Koru Kids expanded out of London and set up services in Hertfordshire, Surrey and Bristol, with the rest of the UK due to follow later in the year.
Koru Kids provides free training and support to become a part-time nanny looking after children in a family’s home. The company vets nannies on behalf of families and organise everything from pay to contracts.
Koru Kids is also launching a service to support new childminders to set up a nursery style setting in their homes. This includes covering training and registration costs of £3,000, Ofsted registration, providing a £500 grant for set-up costs, on-hand support at every step and help to find nearby families. By setting up as a small nursery at home, Koru Kids said childminders can earn up to £70,000 a year.
Rachel Carrell, founder and chief executive of Koru Kids, said; “Here at Koru Kids, we have seen demand for childcare services continue to increase in the last 12 months which has informed our choice to expand into Surrey, Hertfordshire and Bristol, and we aren’t stopping there. We plan to continue expanding throughout the UK to meet this growing demand.
“We’re seeing the ‘motherhood penalty’ impact our sector in a number of ways – the first and most obvious is that without high-quality, flexible, and affordable childcare, mothers, and it is overwhelmingly mothers still, cannot return to their jobs as the UK reopens. The second impact we’re seeing is female talent being lost from a childcare sector that has been forgotten by this government and left completely unsupported, most obviously when they have their own children and can’t afford to work.
“Whether you are already an established provider who has unfortunately lost employment during the pandemic, or are just thinking about getting into childcare, we are here to help. With our new childminder training scheme planned to launch later this month, you can even set up a nursery within your own home and see all of your training costs covered.”
Date published: 4 May 2021