If you love children and want to offer them the very best start in life then becoming the boss of your very own nursery would be a fantastic opportunity indeed.
You will be providing them with a safe and clean environment where they can go on to develop their skills and knowledge. Running your own nursery will mean that you will be responsible for all the day to day running of the nursery and this will include working with the staff and the children’s parents or families throughout the working day. You will also have to be prepared for inspector visits of who will be looking at the cleanliness of the nursery amongst other important checks.
Running your own nursery is a huge responsibility and you must be a strong leader in your team and you will need to have good communication skills, as well as good communication skills you will also need good business skills with a clear understanding of education issues, early years issues and child protection.
What qualifications will I need to run my own nursery?
The child care course you will need to take all depends really on whether or not you have any previous experience with working with children. You will have to have a level 3 qualification that has been awarded by an awarding body for example CACHE and it is also necessary to have had two years experience in working with children before you can run your own nursery.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any previous experience, we all have to start somewhere and it may seem like a long road ahead, it will take time, but if it’s your dream to work with children and run your own nursery then just go for it, it really will be worthwhile in the end.
If this is you and you don’t have any previous experience then you must start at the very beginning, you will have to go through levels 1, 2 and then onto level 3 and once you successfully get through this level you will then be ready and would have gained all the knowledge and skills that you will need for running your very own nursery. It may take a few years to get through all these stages but in the end it will be so rewarding.
If however you do have previous experience in working with children or you may currently be working with children then you will have to go through less level’s to get to your dream. If for example you already have a level 2 award then you will just have to successfully complete level 3. If you are in the happy position where you are already working with children then you have a big advantage over others because you will be able to carry out your practical parts of your diploma at your place of work while you study for your level 3 Award.
What will I be doing when I’m running my own nursery?
Your roles will be caring for young children and babies from birth right up to 5 years of age and your day to day duties may include, creating a safe, clean, caring and stimulating environment for the children that are in your care and help to promote play and learning. You will also supervise activity planning making sure the children are happy and are having fun. You will have to work closely with the children’s parents and families and provide them with progress reports on each child. You will be the team leader and will be working very closely with all your staff and other professionals making sure that each individual child’s needs are met. You must make sure that all equipment and toys in your nursery are safe and are clean to play with.
Running your own nursery also means there will be business responsibilities and these may include recruiting staff to join your team, develop and support those that are in your team, you must manage your budgets, arrange marketing and publicity materials and also create management reports and manage child and staff reports. Your nursery must be run to meet with standards regarding health and safety and environmental regulations.
So that’s it we’ve come to the end of my article regarding what’s involved in running your own nursery, as you can see it is a career with huge responsibilities but also a great deal of job satisfaction with knowing you are providing the children in your care with a safe, clean and fun environment where you promote learning and fun, you really will be helping to give them the best start in life.
If you’d like to learn more about childcare careers check out www.childcare-courses.com or www.cache.org.uk