Starting a Childcare Business

Our course code: X219

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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 are several steps to follow. We’re talking market research, legal parameters, crafting a business plan, funding. These are steps people often bypass when they’re 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 storytime sessions.

When studying our online 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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  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Study Hours

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

Study Method

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 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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

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.

Course Content

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.

2: Setting Up 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.

3: The Registration Process

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.

4: Launching Your Business

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.

5: Health, Safety & Hygiene

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.

6: Toys and Equipment

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.

7: Customer Service and Parental Involvement

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.

8: Financial Matters

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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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

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

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!