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What to Look for When Choosing a Children’s Entertainer – Online Article
Children’s entertainers are a great way to ensure yourself a stress free and fun filled party for your child’s birthday. However if you haven’t used one before or don’t have someone on a recommendation it can be difficult to know where to start and what questions you should be asking. There are a vast number of websites advertising entertainers and it can be quite a minefield looking at each and every one.
Ideally your entertainer should be someone who is flexible to fit in with your needs and is experienced around children. There are many websites offering great children’s entertainers so have a look through a few before making any decisions. It really is a good idea to read the information that is provided on the website before you start calling or making enquiries. A good website will give you everything you need to know from the cost of the packages to the activities on offer and the age range they cover.
Any website that doesn’t clearly state its prices may be one to avoid and make sure you’re your booking is covered by a cancellation policy and terms and conditions too. Although accidents are rare at parties booking an entertainer that is covered with Public Liability Insurance should put your mind at ease.
There is also the question about if the entertainer should have a CRB check. The majority of people that work with children usually have a CRB every 3 years. However as your entertainer will not be left in sole care of the children this isn’t a legal requirement. The best way around this is to make sure you always have a couple of parents present throughout the entertainer’s slot.
Some companies such as Whizz Bang Pop http://www.whizzbangpop.co.uk employ an all female team with all of their entertainers being CRB checked. They also provide PLI and and they state their pricing structure clearly on each page too.
When researching on the numerous websites it is a good idea to read through the testimonials and make sure the testimonials are current and up to date. Once you have narrowed your search down the recommendation is to contact no more than 3 companies. You may want to speak to someone in person to give you a feel for the company or you can email them. Either way you should expect a response within 24 hours. Any good company who wants to get a booking will be in touch with you as soon as they possibly can.
Once you have selected your entertainer make sure you receive a written confirmation of your booking and a receipt for any payments made. Its very usual now for companies to ask for payment upfront to secure the booking so again make sure you get a receipt for this.
Finally make sure you get to speak to your entertainer a few days prior to the event. You can then smooth over all of the details and ensure a stress free and fun filled day for you and your family!