Running a childminding business from home can be emotionally and financially rewarding for mums
Setting up a childcare business could be the most gratifying experience of your life and not just in a financial sense (although people find the financial rewards to be significant).
Having a childminding business from home is also rewarding in the sense of doing the work you love and having control over your own life.
Benefits of having a childminding business
More time with your kids if you’re a parent
Children making friends with others
Better child development with play work
Provide a solution to a child care demand
How to become a childminder in your own home
It’s worth thinking about becoming a childminder in your own home as there’s great potential to earn extra money from looking after children. Of course, you’ll need to like caring for children (not just your own), have good energy levels; patience and in most cases, satisfy Ofsted criteria.
Start-up costs can be minimal. You don’t necessarily need a large house for setting up a childminding business. Use your living room, kitchen and/or spare room for child care, meal and nap areas.
Any adult who looks after another person’s child for more than two hours on any one day in a location other than the child’s home needs to register with Ofsted – it’s a straightforward process but does include medical, criminal and domestic safety checks.
What qualifications do I need to become a childminder?
Registered childminders must have the appropriate childminder qualifications, training and skills, and carry out the correct childminding courses as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (or EYFS).
Our Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 is a comprehensive childminding qualification to help you cover everything you need to become a home-based childminder. The course takes approximately 2 weeks (full time) to complete and is designed to be flexible. It allows you to combine a qualification whilst balancing your work and family life.
Setting up a childminding business is a lifestyle choice; it could be a great choice if you want to have the freedom to spend time with your own children, provide a nurturing environment within the community and run a successful business.