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Get your childcare setting on the way

By Kemi Osinloye Š

Text Š Kemi Osinloye 2016

All rights reserved 2016 Kemi Osinloye

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TIP ONE Is there a demand for a childcare setting?

Know the area you intend to start and consider conducting a survey. You could do a quick face-to-face survey with a clipboard at the school gates, or hand out leaflets as parents pick up the children from school. Do your research beforehand as it will pay off in the long run.

TIP TWO Finding the right premises

This is one of the most difficult aspects of starting a childcare business. The premises you choose will have to meet the welfare requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). The premises should be warm and welcoming and accessible for children, staff as well as the parents.

The environment should be safe and secure, with space organised to promote children's development. It is essential that you choose your premises well, as Ofsted will inspect your premises as part of the registration process. Renting or buying? This will be determined by your access to finance. Have you got the capital? Are you going to access a bank loan? But if you want to rent, make sure that you have a reasonable lease on the property.



Check whether you are eligible for help. Some local authorities still make some money available as start-up grants, but the situation varies greatly around the country. Contact the Early Years and Childcare department at your local counci to check whether they still offer any start-up funding for childcare settings. You could also use your savings, equity or borrow from the bank.

TIP FOUR Ofsted registration

Before you begin the registration process, you need to complete two initial stages: 1. A DBS check 2. A health declaration booklet. The registration process looks at the ability of the childcare facility to provide care which conforms to the standards for childcare settings.

The national standards are a baseline of quality that you, the staff and the premises must abide by. During the registration process, you will need to demonstrate to Ofsted that you comply with the standards. For comprehensive guidance on who needs to register with Ofsted, download the Ofsted publications from the government's website.

TIP FIVE Operations staffing, equipment & paperwork

Staff must be suitable to look after children, which means making sure they have had the DBS checks, and no unvetted person is left alone with the children. The manager of the childcare setting must also have at least two years’ experience as a qualified childcare provider. All staff must meet the necessary training requirements. At least half of all staff must have appropriate qualification.

The premises must be safe and secure, and any furniture and equipment must be well maintained and conform to safety standards.

All paper work, policies and procedures must also conform to Ofsted standards. Most people start childcare businesses for the right reasons – because they love children, and are committed to providing a safe, warm environment.

Being aware of the tips will help you to make a smooth transition.

Š All rights reserved Kemi Osinloye 2016

About the Author

Kemi Osinloye is a wife, a mother of 2, the Founder and CEO of EM3 Kids Club. After having her second child, IT graduate Kemi whose background is in software testing yearned for a career that would allow her to spend more time with her children, it was then that she decided to take the plunge to become fully self-employed. Being a mother herself, Kemi is passionate about childcare and was aware that her local community was in need of good childcare providers. Kemi mentors, gives advice and provides consultation to budding mumtreprenuers who would like to take the step into becoming self-employed, she also gives advice to parents on how to look for the best childcare for their child.

Get your childcare setting on the way  

Start up a Childcare Business

Get your childcare setting on the way  

Start up a Childcare Business