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
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. The fees you will need to pay are as follows:
- £75 as a co-funded contribution towards the training, if you are not on benefits such as universal credit. This is a contribution towards the funded course which is worth £750;
- £75 towards the cost of the registration process;
- Your suitability checks fees;
- Essential safety items needed for your house such as stair gates.
That’s it! We even pay for unfunded training such as Paediatric First Aid & Food Safety. We help fund your start-up to enable you to set up your business. We also provide free on-going training, support and regulation once you are registered.
The on-going service is also free! 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 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 support, training and regulation, thus enabling you to provide a Good, and in some cases, Outstanding childcare service. We pay you to deliver this service, and our unfunded costs and on-going overheads are paid by parents using your childcare service. Your hourly/day rate is not affected by our fee 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
- 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 intensive support we give to you 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. 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.
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 etc. We 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.
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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.