My wife is trying to better herself, up-to now she's been a stay at home wife looking after the kids, Our daughter is nearly 3 and my son is coming up 1. She's trying to do it now ready for the kids going to nursery/school full time.
My darling wife had been invited to play group with the kids by a health visitor, the one who checks the kids out once in a while, see how they are doing and such like.
Playgroup starts at 9AM, so my wife got the kids ready and out by 8:30, place is only up the road - when she arrives she's told she can't stay because our daughter is too old and our son is to young!!!, the advisor's advised her why not try the other playgroup round the corner.... once she arrives she's told again that Upstairs is older kids (2 upwards) and younger ones downstairs (1 and below), problem here is she doesn't want to leave either one alone, A) Daughter is potty training and B) little fella doesn't like being left on his own without mum and doesn't like strangers.
So my wife has got home feeling a bit fed up really, thinking could she start her own creche, or her own playgroup ? Has anyone got any thoughts or facts about this ? Shes thinking of writing to the council to see what they suggest.
Has anyone else hit stumbling blocks regarding Child Care ? Wifey has also been offered a place on a course for Social Working - I say do it while you can.... but again what to do about the kiddies ??
If she's starting a creche then she will need liability out of the proverbial. My ex partner was looking into starting something like this as she's absolutely amazing with children but unfortunately it never got off the ground. Best of luck to your wife!
My auntie runs her own creche (in Wandsworth, if that makes any difference). I can ask her what's involved, if you like.
I will tell you this, though - as the owner and principal, the hours are looooooooonnnnnng and holidays are virtually never. Bear this in mind.
Not only the PLC, she will need to have relevant training done, paediatric first aid, child care to level 3 (to start your own its a minimum requirement in most authorities) and possibly registration to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Also, for people to notice it, she would need to register for Ofsted.
Now that is thought about, she will need the following:
Safeguarding procedures, written information on how to make a complaint, risk assessments, equal opportunities policy for employment, accident records and childrens medicines (which should NEVER be given to a child without parental consent), information for parents (such as a handbook about the place), information by parents (such as recommendations), suitable premises, suitable environment, toys and activities, SEN policy. Opening hours - usually between 7am - 6:30pm, as parents may require someone to look after at any point in those hours.
It isn't a light thought, if you want to go ahead, I have a document which our local creche provided for us for when my mum was looking into it.
Complaints policy and log
Missing or uncollected child procedure
Policy and procedure on administration of medicines and
first aid - accident records, first aid recording Suitable people/Suitable Premises
No smoking policy
Behaviour management policy
Recruitment and selection policies and procedures
-CRB, ISA, References Organisation Documentation
Induction, qualifications and training
Health and Safety policy
Public Liability Insurance
Emergency evacuation procedures
Equality of opportunity policy
Register of attendance
Other records such as child protection concerns
Thats what was just emailed too me by my mum, as she had that list on her machine, but the document is still too be found, but this was the basic check list.