WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING OR AN EVENT, AT SOME POINT THE QUESTION WILL BE ASKED – ARE CHILDREN INVITED? YOU CAN ANSWER ‘YES’ WITH COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND WHEN YOU BOOK EVENT CHILDCARE FOR YOUR WEDDING.
The happiness and joy your little guests bring really make a wedding (not to mention a lot of laughs). Who doesn’t want confetti adorned children in cute little outfits dancing around like fairies on your magical day. However, during the ceremony, meal and speeches, when children are expected to keep still and remain quiet with little or no entertainment, there may be disruption to your perfect day.
Providing on-site childcare at your wedding ensures everyone can participate in your big day. Children love to dress up and be part of this special grown-up occasion however with a shorter attention span and the restrictions that ceremonies and receptions place on little ones, they will be delighted to have their own exclusive event that has been catered to their individual needs and interests. Let parents relax and enjoy the day knowing their precious little beings are cared for on-site by our qualified and experienced childcare professionals.
TYPES OF WEDDING CHILDCARE AVAILABLE
A pop-up mobile crèche can be set up anywhere – in a hall, a spare room, a marquee outside or in the corner of your main event. A crèche is the ideal solution and can run for any length of time accommodating children of all ages from birth to 15 years old. The crèche will be beautifully styled and can adopt any theme to compliment your wedding whilst offering everything from soft play, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and puppet shows to a slumber party, movie night with popcorn and PlayStation/board game marathons for big kids! A crèche will be individually tailored to the ages and interests of the children attending.
To avoid the risks of interrupted speeches, food mess and spilt drinks, you may decide for children attending to have a tea party of their own within the crèche. This may include simple, child friendly food such as mac’n’cheese followed by ice cream and sprinkles or similar. Children are not interested in eating posh-nosh and eat half as much, so you can easily avoid this unnecessary expense.
Direct Hire Wedding Event-Nannies
If space or budget is limited you may decide to opt for a wedding nanny service. Book as many wedding event-nannies as required and provide your own toys/games/entertainment. Event-Nannies will offer on-site childcare in any given space or simply ‘muck in’ as and where needed. Wedding Event-Nannies could be situated around a craft table offering a quiet distraction during speeches or manage the children’s food table allowing grown up’s to eat uninterrupted.
Wedding Babysitting Service
Providing a Wedding Babysitting service means your guests will not have to leave early to put their kids to bed and can instead celebrate in to the early hours knowing that professional babysitters are watching over their sleeping child/children. A babysitting service can be provided to individual families if they are staying on-site with either a babysitter in each room or a babysitting monitoring service working within Ofsted’s minimum staffing ratio guidelines. If families are not staying on-site, a quiet space can be filled with travel cots, ready beds and bean bags where event nannies will offer a secure enclosed babysitting service.
Bridal Childcare Package
Why not book your own personal wedding event-nanny to offer round the clock childcare following your children’s personal needs and requirements. An event-nanny can start the day by assisting with getting the children ready, getting your children to the right places at the right times, ensuring they are in the photos and generally cared for and entertained throughout the day. A wedding event-nanny will escort your children to the location where they will be sleeping and cared for overnight if required.
WHAT SPACE IS REQUIRED TO RUN A MOBILE CRÈCHE?
To book a mobile crèche, you will need a suitable sized space. This can be a room, a marquee, a hall or even a house.
The space required in compliance with EYFS regulations is:
Age of children – Space for each child
Under 2 years – 3.5 square metres
2 years and over – 2.5 square metres
3 – 7 years – 2.3 square metres
WHAT IS THE STAFF TO CHILD RATIO?
As a guide and in relation to Ofsted’s minimum staffing ratio’s The Parent & Child Nanny Agency work above the following recommended guidelines:
0 – 2 years 1 Crèche Nanny to every 3 children
2 – 3 years 1 Crèche Nanny to every 4 children
3 – 5 years 1 Crèche Nanny to every 6 children
5 – 8 years 1 Crèche Nanny to every 8 children
Higher ratios will be needed if any child requires additional support.