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.
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.
Total Qualification Hours: 120 Hours. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and reasearch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Oxbridge won its first award of 2019 for outstanding levels of customer service and student satisfaction. If you’re looking for a provider that cares, then look no further!
We felt privileged to be named runner-up for this prestigious award for our contribution to education and regional growth with the Birmingham Post.
We were awarded this shiny trophy for building an excellent reputation as a course provider on emagister. We’re dedicated to helping people to learn without limits.
Rewarded for how innovative, supportive, and driven the Oxbridge team is providing dynamic, fun learning experiences that give learners the tools needed to succeed.
The public have spoken, naming Oxbridge the best Small Business in Birmingham for all round excellence as a distance learning college and its community involvement.
Matt Jones, founder of Oxbridge, scooped his second Entrepreneur award in 2018 for his commitment to education, employment and the community of West Midlands.
Our amazing leader, Matt Jones, took home Nachural’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award for his incredible dedication to education across the West Midlands region.
The public voted our leader, Matt Jones, the most influential businessperson of 2018 for his positive impact on people’s live within the community and business worlds.
Oxbridge’s students and learning support team are guided to success by Matt Jones, who won his third ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award with the Birmingham Post 2018.