If you wish to set up your own childcare service in part of Bexley you will first need to identify suitable premises from which to operate.
To assist you to identify suitable premises there are information packs provided through our Family Information Service which outline the minimum standards you need to meet before you will be allowed to open or operate.
Further information on the standards required may be found on Ofsted.
Once you have understood the requirements you will then need to complete paperwork and forward it to Ofsted who are the Government's regulatory body for overseeing all childcare activities in England. Depending on the type of childcare you wish to open there are a range of people available to give you information, support and advice.
The first step is to contact the Family Information Service (FIS) and they will forward to you the appropriate pack of information relating to the service you want to develop. They will also provide you with the name of the person you will be able to contact for support.
Starting up childcare
All the information you may require in setting up your own provision can be found in the pdf Starting up childcare in Bexley available under related downloads.
The Local Authority has completed an assessment for Childcare Sufficiency purposes. The pdf's are available under related downloads.
For further information on childcare or for up to date statistics in the Borough please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a childminder
Childminding is currently the most popular kind of day care chosen by parents, offering childcare for babies and children of all ages, usually with hours that allow for greater flexibility. There is however, a cost to yourself to become a childminder and therefore it is advisable to take the next steps only if you have already been approached by parents who wish you to care for their children.
- You would be self-employed, childminding in your own home, so the hours you would work and the number and ages of the children you would care for would, to an extent, be up to you. The maximum number you could take at any time would, however, be set by Ofsted
- You may be looking after a child from baby to teenager, able to offer them emotional support and build self-esteem as they grow
- Childminders who join the Bexley Childminding Network are accredited to provide Early Education and are qualified to provide care for children with special needs - which is a great opportunity for career development and progression
- If you look after children aged under eight for more than two hours a day - for payment or reward - you must be registered by Ofsted
- You would be caring for individual babies and children according to their needs - taking them to toddler group or baby gym, for instance, if they're very young, combined with play at home, with plenty of opportunity for one-to-one activity and individual attention
The first step in becoming a childminder is to contact the Family Information Service and they will be able to advise you if this venture will be viable to you.
- Family Information Services (FIS) Full details for Family Information Services (FIS)