Childminding is a very rewarding profession, but it is also a business. It is important to treat it as a business and make sensible decisions about your rates, opening hours, the types of families you take on and your work-life balance. You also need to have a good idea about your ‘unique selling points’, the parts of your business that make you unique from other childminders and other types of childcare.
Here are a series of articles I have written on subjects relating to childminding as a business.
Most councils and many private companies offer websites where you can list details about your childminding business to help you to fill your childminding vacancies. Getting these listings right will help parents to find you and choose your service over the competition. [more]
A post on Facebook broke my heart the other day from a childminder who had been given a mug for Christmas that said “Thanks for being a great babysitter”. Upset, insulted, underappreciated, and angry don’t begin to describe the range of emotional responses from other childminders… [more]
All childminders have those days when you wake up and think: I can’t do this anymore. But what about when that feeling of gloom goes on for weeks? Or months? When you reach the point where you just feel utterly miserable and can barely make yourself open the front door on a morning. If this is you, please don’t quit before you’ve asked yourself the following 13 questions [more]
For anyone expecting ‘the call’, 10 ways to take control [more]
Some advice if you’ve got to do your self evaluation any time soon [more]
Marketing advice and getting new business advice for childminders including advice about setting sensible hourly rates [more]
Some tongue in cheek advice for all childminders on balancing childminding with life without burning out. [more]
Limiting choices can sometimes make good business sense [more]
Lots of practical tips from other childminders [more]
A bit of common sense business advice for childminders [more]
It’s not as scary as it sounds. [more]
If you can’t name 10 reasons that childminders are better than nurseries, then you shouldn’t be surprised when you lose business to them – article challenges you to look closely at how you promote what you do to parents to keep their business [more].
Products that can help you with your childminding business
The Ultimate Childminding Checklist is 3 checklists in 1: statutory requirements, countdown to your inspection, and outstanding workbook. It is useful whether you are new to childminding, trying to get organised before your inspection, or if you want to get outstanding and want to check you haven’t missed anything.
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