I am dreading the Summer holidays which will soon be upon us. Don’t get me wrong as I do love my children but holidays can be even more exhausting than term time with all the activities and work that we do. Myself and numerous other parents have been discussing the various options available for us during this excessively long holiday and those that work full time are concerned about getting their children to their chosen play schemes, sports clubs, tutors and other activities. With 3 children of my own helping the other mums get their children to the various destinations and collecting them at the end of their activity is not an option and we too are going to have a busy schedule which hopefully won’t have any clashes as I can only be in one place at a time. It is estimated that mothers spend two weeks every year driving children around with the school run adding 1 million vehicles to UK roads at peak times, OMG!
My attempt to clone myself is going well by the way , although at the tender age of 7 my eldest isn’t going to be driving anytime soon so can’t help me just yet.
So what next for those who work full time and can’t take the 8 or so weeks off school to take their children to their various activities? My search lead me to a company called OneLane who offer a a family ride-and-care service to fit around working parents and their children’s busy schedules. Let’s face it most of our children have far more exciting social lives than us and that doesn’t stop for half terms or summer holidays. OneLane is a London-based family service, which launched earlier this year, offering safe, reliable transportation for children with expert Guardians (they are called Guardians due to the nature of their work). Their service enables parents to find cost-effective childcare in London that fits around their schedule. In addition they are now adding on two hours of childcare to their service.
The service offered is an alternative to using nannies or childminders. Instead of forking out a premium, and being forced to commit to a minimum number of hours per week, this reliable and flexible service can “fill the gap” when all that’s needed is a few hours of childcare. I hear mums all around London breathe a sigh of relief, what a great idea!
What Services are Offered:
*A guardian can come to your house in the morning, get the children ready before driving them to school. OMG now doesn’t that sound amazing, I wonder if they can also do the spellings on the way like we do, wouldn’t that be just perfect!!!!
*Get children ready / dressed for after school activities after taking them to the venue.
*Drive children home from school / after school activities.
- Provide 2 hours of childcare.
At the moment the service is restricted to zones 1-3 but due to the nature of the service and the number of people that this would work exceptionally well for I am sure that they will need to expand the zone coverage soon to keep up with demand. In Fact, OneLine hope to expand within the next 6 months to offer a larger coverage of London and to also offer its services to other UK cities during 2017. They also plan to add carpooling to their service later in the year. Their problem-solving approach extends beyond the family circle to society at large. Its carpooling service will help to solve the issue of congested roads and, as a result, will have a positive effect on road safety and car emissions.
Of course we want assurance that our “little angels” are safe when they are with someone that isn’t us! OneLine ensures all its Guardians are experienced in childcare (they are selected specifically by their experience) and are thoroughly vetted, with enhanced DBS checks as standard.
This company wants to build long-term relationships between families and Guardians founded on trust. Guardians are introduced to children initially prior to any trips being taken and where regular journeys are arranged the company will ensure the same person is used for each visit helping to establish a bond between both Guardian and child.
Jina Kwon the Head of Business Development at OneLane, is a London-based mother of one and is passionate about addressing key family issues through OneLane.
She says; “OneLane’s wraparound childcare service allows parents the flexibility to choose childcare when they need it – even if just for a short space of time. Our service is reliable, affordable and flexible. Many other childcare options in London are expensive and don’t allow parents the choice of just a couple of extra hours to help with the school run or after-school activities. With OneLane parents have complete control.
“OneLane offers a service that parents can trust and rely upon. That’s something everyone needs when arranging childcare.”
I think this is a great service and one that parents at my school as well as all around the country will want to use. Parents will no longer need to worry about being in more than one place at the same time fulfilling work commitments, enabling children to get to and from school safely and lead active, rewarding social lives. If only I had known about this service a week ago one of my girls wouldn’t have missed a birthday party as it clashed with one we had already said we would attend.
Well thought out? I think so, they even have an easy-to-use app to give parents updates which for me is fabulous as it would save me phoning every ten or so minutes during the first use of their service to check on my little one.
OneLane already has a core of loyal customers who appreciate the stress-relieving, time-saving benefits of this service – and the effect it has of enhancing the quality of their family time.
Having just discovered this great company I plan to spread the word to other mums that I know need the extra assistance but also don’t want to pay excessive fees. I am sure some of the mums I know will be looking up the site to see how much they could save by swapping to OneLine.