Are you considering starting a childcare company or opening a home daycare because you love kids and care about their learning? That’s a fantastic vision. However, before opening your doors to eager children and parents, there’s several steps to follow. We’re talking market research, legal parameters, crafting a business plan, funding – steps we bypass where passionate about an idea. Our Starting Your Own Childcare Business course clearly explains these steps. So, if you like the idea of working from home, when you decide to start a business, you’ll be prepared – a childcare company that parents can trust with their children.
Discover the ins and outs of starting a childcare business, from market research, legal parameters and funding.
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Total Qualification Hours: 120 Hours. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and reasearch.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Customised NCFE Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an NCFE award.
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Understand the importance of researching the marketplace before starting your childcare business. With research in mind, you’ll consider the pros and cons of setting up a childminding business or a nursery, unique selling points, and important questions regarding your competition, premises and areas to start your business.
Investigate potential premises (places) you might set up your business. You’ll also learn about creating the right image for your business, naming your business, building a professional portfolio about yourself and your business to impress potential clientele.
Discover the purposes of regulation and recognise who needs to register with Ofsted to run a childcare business. You’ll learn about the childcare register, the application procedure, and applying to register on more than one register. You’ll gain insight into legal requirements for the register, investigating various Ofsted fact sheets. You’ll also look at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and its requirements for learning and development, safeguarding and promoting welfare in children. Finally, you’ll also cover inspections regarding a businesses services, management and premises.
Determine the core aspects of launching and advertising your services and your business. You’ll contemplate interviewing potential customers, positive aspects of childminding and nurseries, as well as settling a child into your setting, complete with activities to work through.
Appreciate the importance of your responsibilities at all times while children are in your care. You’ll look at assessing your home to identify potential danger areas, like hazards in the kitchen, and precautionary actions you may take. You’ll also consider the safety of nurseries, the legal requirement to report accidents, risk assessment, health and safety reports, as well as making outside play areas safe for children. Finally, you’ll look at safety in relation to toys and equipment, including beds, prams, and high chairs.
Gain knowledge of various toys and equipment you’ll need when starting a childcare business. From the basics, to safety essentials, and toys that cover every child’s situation or preference. You’ll consider your budget when purchasing toys, with a section on start-up grants.
Grasp the three-way relationship between a childcare practitioner, parent and child. You’ll explore what happens when or if things goes wrong, difficult people and situations, areas of conflict, and going through a contract with parents before accepting their child.
The final unit covers various aspects of finance, such as income and expenditure, allowable expenses, household expenses, and using your car for your business or public transport. You’ll learn about tax and national insurance, statement of accounts, profit and loss. You’ll also consider financial help for childminders, as well as promoting your business whether your business is profitable or making a loss.
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