The Kowalah next door - how we strive to make local connections

One of the common questions that we get from parents using Kowalah for the first time is "Where do the Kowalahs come from?  Are they near by?"

There are many reasons why it is important that our Kowalahs are local to you -

  • It reduces the chance of them getting lost on their way to you as they know the area
  • They are likely to have looked after your friend's kids
  • They are likely to have something in common with your kids (went to the same school or clubs)
  • The Kowalahs don't have a long drive home late at night
  • Less petrol costs for the Kowalah so they are more likely to accept

Our ultimate vision is that on every road there are families looking for childcare, and on that same road there are brilliant Kowalahs looking for flexible work - we just make that connection.

When a Kowalah signs up we ask them to set their maximum radius for bookings they are prepared to accept - 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles.  We'll only show booking requests to Kowalahs that are happy to travel the distance to you, and then when multiple Kowalahs accept we will prioritise those that are closest to you.

We track every booking that our parents make on Kowalah and we're happy to share our distance statistics since we launched.  On average the Kowalah that does your booking lives 9 miles away from you.  

The average distance in miles between the parent and Kowalah

The average distance in miles between the parent and Kowalah

It is important to bear in mind that we operate across the Cotswolds which is an extremely rural area!  As we expand into towns and cities we'll see this distance come down - but you can see that Kowalahs are coming from the next village or the local town, and not from the next county!

We hope this is helpful, if you have any further questions about our Kowalahs and where they come from just let us know!

About Kowalah

Kowalah is a mobile app delivering On Demand Childcare across the Cotswolds by connecting parents with local babysitters and providers of childcare. Kowalah provides regular bookings for daytime and afterschool care as well as one off bookings for evening sitting and help with parties.  Parents are connected with up to 5 available Kowalahs in 15 minutes giving them speed and flexibility. All Kowalahs have been interviewed and referenced providing parents with peace of mind.