Thinking of setting up your own childcare business?
Prior to starting your business you should consider the type of childcare already operating in the area you have chosen. You should also investigate the demand for the type of childcare you want to provide.
Assessing parental demand may help you to determine if your business will be sustainable now and in the future.
The Family Information Service can provide you with a copy of the Childcare Sufficiency Audit (CSA). The audit has consulted with parents/carers and childcare providers in Swansea to identify the gaps in childcare provision. The CSA could be a useful tool when carrying out your market research as it may enable you to identify a specific demand.
The role of Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
The CSSIW regulate and inspect day care services for children under 8 years, these include:
- Full day care
- Sessional day care
- Out of school childcare
- Open access play
All childcare settings looking after children under the age of 8 and operating for more than 1 hour and 59 minutes must be registered with the CSSIW.
The main aims of registration is to promote quality and to protect children, ensuring that they are cared for in safe and suitable surroundings.
A childcare setting must meet the CSSIW National Minimum Standards before registration can be granted.
If your business is going to care for children under the age of 8 for more than the time specified and you are not registered with the CSSIW you will be breaking the law.
The CSSIW will continue to inspect the setting(s) to ensure the registered person is continuing to meet the National Minimum Standards and Regulations when operating.
The National Minimum Standards are published on the CSSIW website. You can also obtain a hard copy by contacting your regional CSSIW office.
Development Officers - Partner Organisations
The City and County of Swansea support a number of Development Officers who are employed by partner organisations. These Development Officers can provide support and guidance to prospective and existing childcare settings; this includes starting or developing a childcare business.
Please be aware the information you receive from a Development Officer is ONLY a guide, the CSSIW reserve the right to enforce changes where they feel the childcare setting is not meeting the standards.
You will work in a setting where children are offered play and learning experiences through the medium of Welsh, whilst also providing valuable help and support to families from non Welsh speaking backgrounds who have the desire to learn Welsh.
Day nurseries offer full and part time care for children aged 3 months - 5 years, they operate throughout the year and usually open Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm (some are extended to include Saturdays).