London entrepreneur launches UK's first dating app for single parents

A London entrepreneur has announced that she is launching the UK’s first dating app aimed at single parents.

Playdate, the new platform, is aimed at helping single parents date while juggling the responsibilities of childcare.

The app, founded by entrepreneur Nevine Coutry, was inspired by the fact that 1 in 5 relationships in the UK begin online, with few options catered to single parents.

It has partnered with Bubble, a sitter and nanny app which offers on demand childcare, to provide its users with childcare solutions so they can finalise arrangements for their dates.

The app’s Premium upgrade also allows users to make themselves ‘invisible’ to certain people, in order to avoid being seen by ex-partners.

Nevine commented: “I came up with the idea for Playdate because the idea of online dating has always been quite daunting for me, as current mainstream apps seem to cater for the more adventurous, wild types, but what makes it increasingly daunting is the fact that I am a single parent.

“As a single parent, there is more at stake, you can’t be as spontaneous or adventurous as you were before having children.

“You have responsibilities and are juggling a million things at once. Your time is precious. You can however seek to meet and hopefully develop meaningful relationships with like-minded people.

“As most single parents looking for a meaningful relationship or a long-term partner, I would much rather date someone who is in the same boat, a fellow single parent who understands what it means to be a parent and also would automatically have a sense of added responsibility about them.

“They are not intimidated by the fact you are a single parent, in fact, they are attracted to you because of it!”

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