Nursery School: Start Your Own with a Franchise

30/10/2018 08:00 | Start a business

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The number of mothers returning to work has increased by 1.2 million since 1996 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There are now 4.9 million mothers with dependent children in work which places more demand on childcare services.

This is excellent news if you have dreams of opening a nursery school. Its not an easy career choice with pre-school childcare facilities typically staying open all year round and all day to cater for working or busy parents. However, the benefits include helping to develop young children with the satisfaction of watching them grow, both physically and intellectually.

So if you have an endless supply of enthusiasm and energy then starting a nursery school franchise could be for you.

Nursery school jobs

Working in a nursery school means that no two days are the same with a wide variety of duties being included in the role, such as:

Looking after young children by feeding, changing and playing with them.
Running activities to encourage their development such as painting, cooking and dancing.
Reading stories and singing songs to develop language skills.
Developing number skills through the use of games.
Keeping records of progress and sharing critical information with parents.

As well as the practical duties, you'll also need to provide emotional support to young children who become upset or frustrated. Working with children isn't for everyone, but if you have the right skill set, it can be a very rewarding career.

Qualifications needed to work in a nursery school

There are two main routes that you can take to obtain your nursery nurse qualification. You can either gain the relevant NVQ, GNVQ or BTEC qualification or choose to take the popular National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) Diploma in Nursery Nursing. This will take two years if you decide to attend a full-time college course (or a three or four-year course on a part-time basis).

Although some course providers will prefer you to have a certain number of GCSEs (A-C grade), they will also consider the qualities that you could bring to the role of a nursery nurse. These include:

Passionate about working with young children and helping them develop
Energy, patience and kindness
Willingness to work hard
Having a good imagination

As with all jobs which involve working with children, youll also need to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check in place before you can start work in a nursery school.

How to open a nursery school

If youre looking to start your own nursery school franchise, you wont need any formal qualifications, but you will require a qualified manager and appropriately skilled staff. Here are some points to follow before you start your new business.


Just because youre buying a franchise, it doesnt mean that you dont need to produce a detailed business plan. This important document will help you to understand if there is a demand for a nursery school in your area, what the competition offer and if you could run a financially viable business.

If you need to fund your franchise purchase, youll also need a business plan to demonstrate to lenders that you have done your research.

Location, location, location

Most franchises will help you to choose the right location for your nursery. The requirements for the building will depend on the number of children it needs to hold, suitability of parking facilities and any potential health and safety issues.

To increase the appeal of your nursery, you should also consider positioning it near office buildings or schools. This means that parents can easily drop off their child on their way to work or after taking an older sibling to school.

What to teach

A nursery school doesn't stick to a formal curriculum, but it's important that activities are developed to improve a range of skills that will prepare the children for primary school education. These skills include:

Personal development
Language and communication
Mathematical development
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Physical development
Creative development

At such a young age, much of the learning is taught through play so that the children find the activities enjoyable and fun.

Recruit well

Your nursery will need staff to make it work. Adult to child ratios need to be adhered to for health and safety reasons. This is one adult to four children between the ages of 2 and 3 and one adult to three children under the age of two. This means that your nursery school will need to recruit the right number of staff to provide quality care.

Your nursery should have a full-time manager with at least an NVQ level 3 in childcare to oversee the day-to-day running of the nursery. All other staff should be adequately qualified as well as being patient, caring and disciplined to help make your nursery a success.

Nursery school UK

Investing in a nursery school franchise couldnt be easier. Buying a Banana Moon franchise allows you to play an important role in shaping, developing and educating pre-school children while being your own boss.

Banana Moon is a day-care service for children between the ages of three months and five years. You dont need to have any previous experience of working with children as a comprehensive training package is provided.

As well as learning vital child care techniques, youll also be taught how the franchise system works, how to manage the daily operations of the nursery effectively and how to promote your franchise in your local area. To help you do this, you'll also be given marketing material to raise awareness of the brand within your community.

To become a Banana Moon franchisee, the initial investment is £47,500 plus VAT. However, the total investment is more likely to be around £200,000. In return, youll receive all the support you need to get your franchise up and running as quickly as possible.

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