This help centre article was written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
Under the EYFS rules, you are allowed to look after up to six children under the age of 8.
Of these six children, only three can be ‘young children’, and of those three, only one can be aged under 1 year old.
- A child is a ‘young child’ until 1st September following their 5th birthday.
Koru Kids Home Nurseries are focussed exclusively on children aged between 6 months and 5 years, so in practice this means you are capped at looking after three children.
One of the best things about being a childminder is that you can look after your own children whilst you work. Just bear in mind that your own children will count towards your ratios, and affect how many children you can be paid to look after.
Look after more children with an assistant
If you decide to work with a qualified childminding assistant, together you can care for twice as many children. This will allow you to significantly increase your earnings.
Koru Kids makes it super simple to find and work with an assistant. We have a pool of thousands of vetted nannies across London. You can choose candidates to interview and decide who you’d like to work with. They will be self-employed like you, so we’ll train them and manage all the admin to minimise the paperwork you have to do.
What you can earn
What you earn depends on how many children you care for, your location in the UK, and how many hours you work per week.
To give you a rough idea, here are some possible scenarios for inner London:
Small - You work alone. You care for 2 pre-school children all day, 4 days a week alongside one toddler of your own. You earn £25,000 after our fees and have none of your own childcare costs to pay. If you work full time you can earn more.
Medium - You work alone and don't have your own children to worry about. You care for 3 pre-school children all day, 4 days a week. You earn £37,000 after our fees. If you work full time you can earn more.
Large - You work with an assistant and don't have your own children to worry about. You care for 5 pre-school children all day, 4 days a week. You earn £60,000 after our fees. If you work full time you can earn more.
You can always chat to our team during the application process to find out what you could earn, depending on your situation.