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1. What is Spacechildren?

Spacechildren stands for Single Parents Accommodation & Childcare Exchange.

It is a national online database of single parents who wish to houseshare with other single parents, or who may just wish to meet others with whom they can organise reciprocal (or paid) childcare and babysitting, or make friends.

Two of the major problems faced by single parents are financial and emotional. By combining resources and sharing a house together, two single parent families are able to afford improved living conditions, as well as being able to provide each other with emotional support and advice.

Housesharing can be used by parents who wish to hold on to their family home by renting out some of the rooms, as well as parents who are looking at sharing a new property together.

Premium Members are also able to access a private forum area.

2. How does it Work?

As a guest to the site you are able to perform a trial search for members in your selected areas.

In order to perform full searches you are required to create an online profile. You can do this by going to the Sign Up page. You will need to enter a username and password and your email address, after which you will need to login and go to Profile and Edit Profile. You will be asked to answer a number of questions and to select whether you are interested in housesharing and/or childcare/babysitting/friendship/holiday share.

You will then need to select your preferred membership option (see details below).

Once you have created your profile you are able to perform a full search for other parents in your chosen areas by going to the Search Members page.

A list of matching members will be displayed which will list their username, age, number of children, and last date they accessed the site.

To read their full profiles you can click on their username. Once you have found members you would like to contact, you will need to become a Bronze or Premium member in order to obtain their email address.

Bronze and Premium members will be able to make contact via email or via the forum only. They will not have access to phone numbers unless you choose to give them out.

3. How much does it cost?

There are three types of membership, Basic, Bronze and Premium.

Basic Membership - allows you to post your profile for others to search. It does not allow you access to other members contact information nor the forums, but Premium Members will be able to contact you. If you wish to reply to their message you will need to upgrade to a Bronze or Premium membership. You will be able to perform full searches on other members. You will also have access to all information on the Resources page.

Basic Membership is free of charge.

Bronze Membership - allows members all the facilities of the Basic Membership but also allows you access to contact details for other members and to the forums for a period of 1 day.

The cost of Bronze Membership is 3.

Premium Membership - allows members all the facilities of Basic Membership but also allows you access to contact details for other members and the forums for a period of either 30 days or 120 days.
The cost for this membership is 12.95 for 30 days or 24.95 for 120 days.

4. Why is there a Charge?

We currently need to charge for Bronze and Premium Membership in order to cover the administration and set-up costs which have allowed Spacechildren to exist.

Charges will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and if sufficient outside sponsorship or funding is able to be obtained, then charges will be amended accordingly.

If you are referred to Spacechildren via a recognised charity then other payment options are available. Please ask the Charity to contact us for further details.

5. Can I list my Profile free of charge?

It is free of charge to list your profile under any category, and you will be able to receive messages from other paid members. However, if you wish to reply to any messages, or send your own messages, then you will need to become either a Bronze or Premium member.

6. How do I create and edit a profile? Can I hide my profile details for a period of time?

To create a profile please go to the membership or signup page. Select your type of membership. You will then need to select a username, password and email address, and agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. You will then be able to log in with your chosen username and password and edit your profile by clicking on Profile and then on Edit Profile. At this point you can also change your password if you wish. You will need to answer all questions in order to proceed, however if some do not apply you may answer N/A. Within the profile you are given the option of hiding your profile.

7. How is payment made?

Preferred method of payment is via credit card via paypal. If you do not have a credit card and prefer to pay by cheque, money order or direct deposit, please contact us at
admin@spacechildren.co.uk for further information.

8. How do I contact other members?

You are able to contact other members only as a Bronze or Premium Member. Once you have found a member you wish to contact, click on the ?contact? link next to their details to send them a message. You are also able to communicate with other paid members via the forums.

9. How long before I find a houseshare or childcare match?

This will be different for each individual. If you are only looking in one suburb and are very fixed about the type of match you are looking for, then it will probably take you longer than someone who is willing to consider different locations. Remember - for housesharers, this could be your opportunity to move to another suburb which until now may have been unaffordable. Try and select as many areas as possible when searching for matches.

You do not have to pay a fee unless you wish to contact other members, but remember that this may mean it takes you longer to find a match as you will need to wait until others contact you.

10. I wish to contact other members but do not wish to have my details available to be viewed by others.

For personal reasons you may not wish to have your details available to be read by others. You will still need to post your profile but then you can choose to hide your details by going in to edit your account.

11. How do I decide on a suitable houseshare or childcare partner?

There are numerous factors you should consider when choosing a potential family. Download the attached Choosing a Houseshare Family on the Resources page for advice and suggestions to maximize compatibility. For childcare, read through the Childcare/Babysitting Guildelines on the Resources page.

You can also access the Sample Houseshare Agreement which contains additional information.

12. There are no members in my area. What do I do?

If there are no members listed in your area you have a few options.

Try looking at neighbouring suburbs or in areas that you would like to move to. Alternatively you can contact us to find out what advertising we have already done in that area and what response we received. It may be that you live in an area with few one parent families and that we can recommend alternative areas you may wish to consider.

If you are still having no luck, contact us for a copy of our media release and place a free ad in your local newspaper or via your childcare centre or school.

13. What about House Rules?

It is important that any rules are established before you move into your new home and/or before you organize any childcare agreements. Have a look in the Resources section at the Choosing a Houseshare Family advice and Childcare/Babysitting Guidelines and you can download a copy of our sample Houseshare Agreement. You can either use this or add/delete clauses as suits.

14. I forgot my username and password. What do I do?

If you have forgotten either your username or password, please contact us via the Contact Us page.

15. Does Spacechildren protect its members' privacy?

Yes. Spacechildren does not display members names, address, or telephone details. Once you contact another member, they will be able to see your email address. You may wish to consider setting up a hotmail or yahoo email address for this purpose. If you wish to share any of that information with other members then you are free to do so. We also do not store credit card information. Please see our Privacy Policy for further information.


If you have any further questions that have not been answered here, please contact us at admin@spacechildren.co.uk

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