Starting a Childcare Business

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.

Whether you’re a qualified childminder, career driven or a stay-at-home parent, opening a home daycare can be rewarding. The advantages are many: work from home, flexible hours, watch your children grow, and still get paid to make a difference. Better yet, your business will always draw custom because working parents always need someone to care for their children. Childcare practitioners in the United Kingdom must adhere to highly regulated standards. And so, the purpose of this course is to provide insight and understanding into the good practices involved in starting your first childcare business from scratch.

An ideal companion course for those who have or are currently studying a Children and Young People’s Workforce Certificate. We’ll help you develop a structured approach to planning, registering, launching and operating your own childcare business. With the knowledge under your belt, you can start preparing things that matter most: finger painting and story time sessions.

When studying our Starting Your Own Childcare Business course, you’ll learn about:

  • Researching the childcare market
  • All registration processes
  • Health, safety and hygiene matters
  • Launching your own business
  • Relevant toys and equipment
  • Providing good customer service
  • Getting the parents involved
  • Financial aspects of running a business
  • And more…
Discover the ins and outs of starting a childcare business, from market research, legal parameters and funding.
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Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: SH219

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our customised qualifications have been developed to meet the needs of our learners, they’ve also been accredited by the NCFE after demonstrating great quality and rigor. Completing Customised Qualifications doesn’t lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study. Every Customised Qualification has met strict criteria to attain NCFE accreditation.

Study Hours

Total Qualification Hours: 120 Hours. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and reasearch.

Course Duration

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.

Study Method

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.


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.

Course Outcomes

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.

Additional Information
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.
Section 1
Researching the Market

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.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

They gave really flexible payment plans that weren’t going to take me 2 or 3 years to pay off!

I have wanted to work from home in a childcare capacity since before I had my own children. I enrolled with Oxbridge on to this course as they gave really flexible payment plans that weren’t going to take me 2 or 3 years to pay off! I recently started the course and have found it easy to follow and the support of my tutor has been excellent. It is my intention to get this completed as quickly as possible and to start my business.

So good i enrolled on another

I have completed ‘Starting your own childcare business’ and had excellent service, it was so good that I’ve now enrolled for another one. The process is very easy, the course is great and the tutor support i received was fabulous.

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