FAQs for registering with @Home Childcare to start your childminder business
Starting a childminder early education business
Read our Frequently Asked Questions to prepare for your Question & Answer session with one of our advisors. It’s a good idea to write your questions down beforehand.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you choose to register with us, there is a contribution fee of £225 to pay towards your registration costs which covers such as support with the start-up process including an 1-2-1 session, our suitability checks, paediatric first aid (if completed in Nottingham), food safety training, telephone & email support and a 2 – 3 hours registration visit at your home.
Depending on eligibility criteria, we can generally fully or partially fund the biggest cost of setting your childminder business, the start-up training worth over £750. The free training is delivered as live webinars and comes with business planning support and a tutor who guides you through the start-up process.
Other start-up benefits include a free profile web page to advertise your vacancies and a toolkit of essentials such as policies, contract, risk assessments, plus lots more
We are careful about who we fund for the pre-registration training. We are interested in people who are keen to set up in 2 – 4 months and are passionate about having a profitable childminder business providing the highest standards of early education and care. You can choose from our standard package designed for people who only wish to access our core service, without additional business support. Or, if you would like a 'helping hand' with setting up and running their business; you can opt for the full support service.
The on-going fee depends on which service you choose: standard or full support. The standard service is charged as a monthly membership fee is £35, plus a very small nominal fee per child, per month, which you decide how to charge to parents. For example, you can include it in your hourly rate as a few extra pence. If you opt for full support, the fee is charged to parents as part of your inclusive hourly rate which always remains as a flat rate, not based on your total earnings.
You can choose from our standard package designed for people who only wish to access our core quality improvement support service, without additional business support. Or, if you would like a 'helping hand' with the running of your business; you can opt for the full support service which comes with online marketing assistance (paid ads to help fill your vacancies), administering the early education funding and lots, lots more.
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 home-based childcare service and reach parents looking for childcare. We want to empower more people to set up and run professional childcare businesses in their own homes, and our on-going support enables you to be the best that you can be for the children in your care.
Our on-going quality improvement support is designed to support educators to be the best that you can for children you care for. This is precisely why we invest in more face-2-face visits, so we can observe you with children and provide specialist advice about your early years skills and knowledge.
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
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, the fees you decide to charge etc. We encourage you to brand your business by giving it a name so that it reflects your personal values and ethos.
We are simply here to provide support to help you be the best childminder you can be, thus assisting you to provide amazing early learning experiences for children and to help you understand the mandatory requirements of your role. That’s our main job! If you choose our full support service designed to give you a helping hand with running your business, you will also benefit from business / admin support such as finding parents to use your service, enrolling parents, fee collection and dealing with parents who do not pay and lots more.
Childminding can be a lucrative career if it is set up and run 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. If you use our full support service, we safeguard your income by making sure parents continually pay your fees.
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"They help us to build confidence and knowledge to be a good childminder, whilst always pushing for that outstanding grade."
- Neusa, @Home Childcare registered educator
Would you like to be part of a professional home-based childcare community?
@Home Childcare is an Ofsted registered community for professional childminders. We provide a range of ‘umbrella’ services for suitable people interested in setting up an early education business in their own home. We call childminders, educators, in recognition of their specialist role caring and helping children to learn and develop.
We operate in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and Birmingham/West Midlands areas.