Free training and specialist support to set up a childminding business

Setting up a childminder early education business during Covid-19

Want to set up a childminder early education business but you are unsure about how to make a start, especially as the pandemic is easing?

Our Full Support Start-Up Service provided by our award-winning Ofsted childminder agency covers everything for setting up during an economic downturn and business support for taking the stress out of running a home-based childcare service.

To get started, book our FREE Starting a Childminder Early Education webinar below.

The online briefing provides details about the following:

  • Why it is important now more than ever, that you set up a professional service
  • The role and responsibilities of being a childminder educator
  • The rules and regulations around childminding
  • How the registration process works
  • Opportunities to ask questions 

Book our FREE webinar to find out more!

Would you like to be part of a professional home-based childcare community?

Join our childminder agency, an Ofsted registered community, for support and training to set up an early education business in your own home!

Setting up an early education business to care for children at home is rewarding, lucrative and valued career. Best of all, high quality childcare can make a positive difference to the lives of children!

Watch our Is Your Dream Job video to get a feel of what is like starting the registration journey with @Home Childcare.

Unsure about running your own business?

We provide full step-by-step support and training to set up a business in 2 – 3 months. We also help you with marketing to find parents looking for childcare. Once registered, your income could be typically £25k – £35k per annum, depending on your business capacity, and you will continue to receive on-going support and training as a member of our professional community.

Our childminder start-up training and support to guide you through the registration process is funded so the cost is affordable, as long as you register for our full support service and you are 100% certain you would like a career helping young children to learn and develop in a safe home environment!  

Our 2020 Ofsted report acknowledges the high level of support childminders receive:

“Childminders receive support in other forms which is over and above the legal requirements. They confirm they can seek ad hoc support at any time and the agency is easy to contact.

Our full start-up support and training service includes all of the following:

  1. Initial home visit to check your home and provide advice
  2. Step-by-step business planning including home learning coursework
  3. 2 days of pre-registration training (face2face) and some online training
  4. Paediatric First Aid training (subject to certain conditions)
  5. Online Food Safety training
  6. A toolkit with essential policies/procedures, consent forms, contracts etc
  7. Telephone & email support with the registration process
  8. Profile webpage to help you find parents interested in childcare
  9. Registration inspection, a 3 – 4 hours home visit
  10. Insurance
  11. Final registration certificate: you are an educator!

But just don't take our word for it!

Watch Emma’s testimonial as she speaks about how she benefited from our full support service now that she is registered and running her own business. 

There are more videos on our testimonial page where you can hear what other educators have to say about being a member of our professional childminder community. 

We are in Nottinghamshire, Derby, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire areas, Birmingham and Bristol. 

Just in case you’ve got these FAQs in mind…..

As long as you commit to registering within 2 - 3 months of commencing the start-up process with us, we will fund the biggest cost of setting your business which is the start-up training. We also provide further benefits such as free Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety and even insurance. However, we are careful about who we give access to our limited funding as we are only interested in people who believe in our full support service and wish to benefit from all that it has to offer. For this reason, we only publish our generously subsidised fees at our online Starting a Childminder Busines webinars as a special offer for you to take advantage of quickly.  

The on-going service is charged as a nominal hourly flat rate based on your occupancy. You decide how much of our fee to pass onto parents. It works out as pence to parents. Our fee always remains as a flat rate, not based on your total earnings.

 Once registered, you will benefit from our full support service which includes a personal mentor to provide guidance and support, regular training, continuous marketing of your business, annual inspections, legislation updates, continuous regulation, plus loads more! 

It’s simple! We want to empower more people to set up early education businesses in their own homes.  As a community interest company, we have a social mission to remove the barriers that prevent suitable, capable people from registering as childminder educators. That’s why we fund so much of your start-up to help you launch your business and reach parents looking for childcare. 

It is essentially a business-to-business service as we give you continuous business and specialist early years support, training and regulation, in exchange for you providing childcare to parents. Our full support enables you to provide a  Good, and in some cases, Outstanding childcare service. You pay us for our full support service through a small hourly flat rate which we recommend you include in the fee you charge to parents. 

Our educators come from a range of different backgrounds and careers such as: teaching assistants, social work, nursing, retail, HR, nursery professionals, elderly care, as well as parents and grandparents. 

The ideal person is someone who: 

  • Loves being with children; you get a buzz helping them learn and develop  
  • Happy to provide care in your own home, and can create a nurturing, safe place for children to thrive 
  • Would love to do something for yourself; you like the idea of having a childcare business at home, but would rather have the full support of an expert company, who are only a telephone call away, and can provide everything-under-one-roof service to help you grow and develop
  • Specifically likes the idea of having a company who provides extensive start-up and on-going business support to help you set up and run a sustainable business
  • Understand early years is the most important stage in a child’s life where high quality childcare can enrich children lives and have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime 
  • Understand good levels of English and Maths are essential for delivering the early years curriculum and running a business 

Business planning is vital if you are going to set up a successful business!  We want you empower you to have a profitable, sustainable business providing quality care and early education. The business planning process we guide you through is, in fact the coursework needed for the funded training. The coursework is a mixture of written tasks and professional discussions. This helps to keep it manageable for you. 

However, be warned, it is not all plain sailing! We take our support and regulatory role very seriously, so we are only interested in people who are 100% committed to setting up a childcare business and understand the importance of thorough business planning. It is absolutely essential that you complete your business plan coursework, we will not register you without it. Therefore, please be prepared for the importance we place on the coursework.   

The intensive support we provide is intended to help you with the end to end process of getting your business off the ground, including marketing your childcare and handling parents’ enquiries.

Once registered, you continue to benefit from our expert support, thus ensuring running a childminder business is more manageable for you. 

Absolutely, we are simply here to act as your ‘back-office’ support with helping to find parents to use your service, enrolling parents, fee collection, dealing with parents who do not pay, administering early education funding and lots more. You remain in charge of your business including parents/children you wish to work with, your opening hours, the structure of your day, the kind of activities you offer etcWe encourage you to brand your business by giving it a name so that it reflects your personal values and ethos 


As an Ofsted community, we also have a duty to provide support and regulation to enable you to provide the best possible service you can. That’s why we give you a personal mentor and provide on-going training and annual inspections. It’s a no-brainer in several ways as you obtain expert guidance and training to build a thriving childcare business, whilst being a member of a professional community who are always here for you.  

Childminding can be a lucrative career if it is set up and implemented as a professional business. Your earnings can be anything from £25k – £35k/£40k, depending on your location, your occupancy of children and range of childcare services you provide. We help you to find parents looking for childcare by providing marketing assistance, enabling you to have good numbers of children on roll. We take care of your balance sheet by making sure parents continually pay your fees. 

Get started now for full support to join @HCC's community

Get started now for full support to join @HCC's community