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By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 3 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Start A Creche From Home?

Q.

My friend and I have always wanted to look after children working in a creche. Recently we have decided to set up a home creche at my friends house.

We are both currently doing our NVQ level 2 via our job as careworkers, we have no other qualifications. We know we have a lot to sort out and different things to apply for.

As we are starting from scratch, could you please advise on what we need to be applying for.

(Miss Rachel Wood, 21 October 2008)

A.

There’s a lot of groundwork to cover in the early stages of setting up and starting a home crèche. A crèche is one of the forms of childcare services that has to be registered with Ofsted and conform to and meet a set of 14 National Standards.

In the first instance, it would be advisable to obtain a copy of the National Standards for crèche's, as they outline all the minimum standards you have to meet. The 14 areas they cover are:

  • Suitable persons to run crèche's.
  • Organisation.
  • Care, learning and play.
  • Physical environment.
  • Equipment.
  • Safety.
  • Health.
  • Food and drink.
  • Equal opportunities.
  • Special needs.
  • Behaviour.
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers.
  • Child protection.
  • Documentation.

If you want to look after babies and children under the age of two years old, there are also additional criteria that need to be met. You can obtain a copy of the crèche National Standards by calling the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Publications line on Tel: 0845 602 2260. Alternatively, you can download a .pdf copy here - http://www.surestart.gov.uk/_doc/P0002406.pdf To find out more information about registering with Ofsted, you can contact their helpline on Tel: 0845 601 4771 (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/).

Your local Children’s Information Service (CIS) are a good port of call to speak to regarding any funding opportunities that you could apply for in your local area. You can find the contact details of your local CIS by phoning 0800 2346 346 or by logging on to www.childcarelink.gov.uk.

Your CIS will also be able to advice on whether there’s a particular need for another childcare service in your area. Although most areas will benefit from having an additional childcare provider, it’s always extra useful to know if it’s particularly wanted in your local area and could be a point you could emphasise when applying for funding. The CIS can also put you in touch with the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP), as they may be another useful source of information and insight into local childcare services and needs.

A useful guide to funding opportunities is available from the DFES. Entitled, “The A-Z to Finding Funds – Directory of Funding for Early Years Education and Childcare,” it can be obtained by calling the DfES Publications Centre Line on Tel: 0845 602 2260.

It’s good to hear that you’re both working towards your NVQ Level 2 at the moment. However, anyone in charge of a childcare service has to have a Level 3 qualification (NVQ 3 or equivalent) or be a qualified teacher with experience in early years. In order to meet the National Standards, one of you needs to be trained to Level 3 and therefore be in charge, or you need to be prepared to employ a manager who has those qualifications (although this can, of course, be more of an expensive way around it).

I hope this gives you a good starting point to get going with. Good luck with your plans!

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I don't have any qualification but I need to start my own crech and I have a huge place to start. What can I do now
Sk - 3-May-17 @ 9:16 AM
Sonal - Your Question:
I would like to open creche at home and I have no background. I do have a passion of working with kids. I do not know where to start. Please tell me what is the next thing to do?From where I can take permission for open a creche?

Our Response:
All adults looking after children are suitable to do so with appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge . Plus, all childcare providers are expected to have effective safeguarding children policies and procedures in place and implemented, plus first-aid qualifications. If you want to care for children under eight years of age in your home for more than two hours a day, you'll need to register with OFSTED. You can see more via the gov.uk link here.
WorkingWithKids - 19-Apr-17 @ 10:49 AM
i would like to open creche at home and i have no background. i do have a passion of working with kids. i do not know where to start. Please tell me what is the next thing to do?From where i can take permission for open a creche?
Sonal - 18-Apr-17 @ 2:17 PM
I would like to start weekend daycare as I love children and I was a Sunday school teacher in my church and don't have any qualification but I have enough space to start what do I need to have to start it for only 5 children for start.Please assist
Zile - 21-Feb-17 @ 7:20 PM
Fluffy birdx - Your Question:
Hi.I'm qualified level 3 and wanting to start my own childcare buisness. What's the better options? What's more cost effective? And where can I go to start this and for advice?thanks

Our Response:
Gov.uk has several pages on how to start up a business, please see link here. You may also find some helpful advice via the link here and here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 31-Jan-17 @ 10:49 AM
Hi. I'm qualified level 3 and wanting to start my own childcare buisness. What's the better options? What's more cost effective? And where can I go to start this and for advice? thanks
Fluffy birdx - 30-Jan-17 @ 11:43 AM
Mona - Your Question:
I would like to open creche at home and I have no background. I do have a passion of working with kids. I do not know where to start. Please tell me what is the next thing to do?From where I can take permission for open a creche?

Our Response:
While you do not need any formal qualifications to start a nursery as the proprietor, you would have to employ a qualified manager and staff. It will also help if you know more about what the job requires, as working with children is very specialised and some experience in this field would help.
WorkingWithKids - 22-Jul-16 @ 11:09 AM
i would like to open creche at home and i have no background. i do have a passion of working with kids. i do not know where to start. Please tell me what is the next thing to do?From where i can take permission for open a creche?
Mona - 20-Jul-16 @ 7:57 AM
darmi - Your Question:
Thank you for always been here to pour minds to snd also read comments frombothers that have been of great help.

Our Response:
We are glad the site has helped you in your decision to start a creche.
WorkingWithKids - 19-Jul-16 @ 12:54 PM
Thank you for always been here to pour minds to snd also read comments frombothers that have been of great help.
darmi - 18-Jul-16 @ 10:39 PM
Chichianne - Your Question:
I am a B.sc( Education) in Geography Unit,have always have passion for babies right from my secondary school days and now am thinking of opening a creche at home immediately after my Youth Corp next year,with my mums assistant for the main time before I get fund for a bigger place,please I need advice on how to go about it,tnks

Our Response:
You may find our 'requirements' pages useful here. However, as part of the Ofsted registration, the care centre manager must have a relevant qualification, which are approximately between one and two years’ experience in a supervisory role, and two years’ experience as a qualified nursery nurse. Please see link here.
WorkingWithKids - 27-Oct-15 @ 10:48 AM
I am a B.sc( Education) in Geography Unit,have always have passion for babies right from my secondary school days and now am thinking of opening a creche at home immediately after my Youth Corp next year,with my mums assistant for the main time before I get fund for a bigger place,please I need advice on how to go about it,tnks
Chichianne - 26-Oct-15 @ 8:26 AM
am in love with kids and planning to start a creche in the nearest future,ve also got the necessary certification. pls what is the next thing to do?
mope - 26-Sep-15 @ 10:40 PM
Hi am a graduate of educational management and I also have Nationalcertificate of education I want to start a creche from home how can I go aboutit . Thanks bukkie
Oh baby - 9-Jul-15 @ 12:13 PM
@fluffyd - I'm glad the article is of help. Apart from the information in the article, you may be interested in the Governments Childcare Business Grant Scheme here which may help you with funding and advice.
WorkingWithKids - 15-Apr-15 @ 1:43 PM
love this site,thnks for always helping out....please i need your advice as i just finished my university degree and i want to go into the childcare business at home with my mum. i really do not know how and where to start from. do i advertise first or i set the place up first regarding buying all the equipments i might be needing.? thnks
fluffyd - 12-Apr-15 @ 11:07 PM
i would like to open creche fromhome and i have no background. i do have a passion of working with kids. i do not know where to start.
Aya - 26-Mar-15 @ 8:14 AM
am a social worker who have been teaching the children in my community l would like to help the mothers with babies but i need the basic facilities for a baby care center my community is a needy one please we would be grateful with support with even sligtly used basic amenities
EMEF - 10-Feb-15 @ 8:56 PM
I and my businesspartner have registered to open a crèche we have done all that has to be done all we need are funds and a place where we can run our crèche we are so in love with kids
N/A - 26-Jan-15 @ 1:43 PM
Hi I would like to start a residential care home for children for temporary and long term basis, i am in a process of doing a nvq level 5 in management. However I do not have any other experience and dont know where to start?. I know i need to register with ofsed and in contact with chamber of commerce, I want to start of small but would appreciate any advice and input. Many Thanks
fab - 24-Dec-14 @ 12:30 AM
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mimi - 16-Dec-14 @ 11:49 AM
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elsa - 19-Jun-14 @ 11:26 AM
I would like to open a school holiday club at home . I am a qualified teaching assistantand a nursery nurse. I would like a second job only during school holidays.Do Ineed to be Ofsted registered.
sam - 31-May-14 @ 10:54 AM
Your explanation is very helpful. Am a teacher and I have taught for 12years. I want to retire that.Is why I want to set up my own
bless - 30-May-14 @ 10:22 PM
I would like to open a day care for kids,from 6months to 4 years. I haven't done any course in this fild,but have worked in a day care center n even now I am working for another doing cooking n helping in looking after kids.
VUYISWA - 8-Mar-14 @ 3:50 AM
NEED HELP AND FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO OPERATE A CRECHE WHICH I RECENTLY OPENED PLEASE HELP ME
GM - 16-Dec-13 @ 6:01 PM
We are planning to open a summer weekends and evening classes for local kids 5+, where they can come to learn dance, singing, yoga. meditation etc. What criterion needs fulfilling if we want to start something like this? We are planning to operate from home. Many thanks
Ritz - 3-May-13 @ 11:43 AM
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