As we were researching and developing Clann we became aware of census data showing the numbers of informal / unpaid carers of children, elderly and people with a disability that for various reasons are not being supported by government services.

For example while there are 1.6m children in government supported care services there are more than a million children who are being cared for by others.

We have since spoken to many such carers and understand that being a carer outside the system can often limit job prospects as you cannot commit to regular hours. Relying on a carers allowance is not much more rewarding than being on Jobseeker.

We also recognised that many carers at home with family members have learnt vital skills about care that, unknown to them, can be turned into a family care business in home-based settings. Nor do they know about the need for these skills in their local communities.  We believe this need will only increase significantly as we adjust to living with Covid-19.


We transform informal/unpaid care giving into a small business without losing focus of your role as the primary caregiver for your family member.

Over the past few years, Amanda and I have researched, designed and built an Airbnb kind of platform for childcare, elderly and disability care… CAREbnb if you like, for families to source ad hoc flexible care at any time from other families in their community.

BUT like many start-ups we learned by doing and today our platform is merely a means to an end. It’s purpose has now evolved to provide new pathways to qualifications and employment for existing unpaid carers, with flexible working hours and easy solutions for working families.

But really what we really care about is building communities.   THAT is what our platform really does. More opportunities to earn and learn not only for those already providing unpaid care for others, but also students, grandparents needing to top up their retirement income, migrants and underemployed parents to name but a few.


Like a platonic version of tinder to find the right childminder for a child for the hours parents need to work, or carer for a family member who needs assistance to remain living at home…(just kidding…or are we?…)

It’s both a small home business incubator and a platform that lets families select, connect, transact with, and review carers in their area that share our FAMILY  values- Flexible, Accessible, Mindful of needs, In home based settings, Less costly and You get to choose.

All carers on our platform go through a rigorous process to ensure safety and quality of service.

Safety Program:

We have created a convenient safety program that you can complete on the platform to get what you need to be a Life. Be in it. FamilyCarer or to apply for other jobs in the community services sector. This is a FREE service from Clann but you will have to pay the charges to obtain these if you don’t already have them.

  1. Get your police check

  2. Then your working with children check

  3. Enrol to obtain your first aid certificate; and

  4. Complete your personal profile assessment

Induction Program:

Having completed the four-step safety program you can elect to go on to complete our first induction program to become a Life. Be in it. FamilyCarer for children. Upon completion you will have your own new business profile on the platform and be able to offer a care service for up to 3 paying children from hour own home or in their homes (or a mix of both).

Units covered are

  1. Clann profile set up and support

  2. The importance of play in early childhood

  3. Build your network

  4. The health and safety of children

  5. Identifying and reducing risk

  6. Promoting and providing healthy food and drinks

  7. Legal and ethical issues: setting up and running a family care home business

Benefits for Carers

  • Additional income source

  • Hours that suit your lifestyle

  • Earn while you learn using our pathways to qualifications

  • Work locally, no long commute required

  • Your business, your choice of hours, rates and families to work with

Next Steps

If you are a family that relies on care provided by friends or family members, spend a minute or two to register a family profile right here and we can let you know when there are family carers in your area.

If you are a carer then we can support you to turn what you are doing into a small home business with access to resources and pathways to qualifications and more employment opportunities.

If you know of others that would be interested in this opportunity, please share this new earn n learn pathway to employment delivering a smarter way for families to care for families.