This help centre article was written for anyone thinking of applying to become a childminder in the 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.
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.
Consider offering before and after-school care
Taking on before and after-school children is a great way of increasing your income without affecting ratios.
If a child was in preschool from 9 am to 3 pm and the family wanted them to spend before and after school with a childminder, they would not affect the 3 children under 5 ratio.
If you have limited space, it's good to know that there are no space requirements for children 6 years old and over, so you can build add-on revenue by offering before and after-school care for older children. For this purpose you could use other areas of your home for after-school children - e.g. a living room you don’t usually use for childminding during the day.
Read more about how this works here.
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. Please complete our earnings quiz to get a better idea of what you could earn.
To give you a rough idea, here are some possible scenarios for inner London:
Small - You work alone. You care for 2 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 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 children all day, 4 days a week. You earn £60,000 after our fees. If you work full time you can earn more.
We think you should be celebrated for growing your business, not penalised. So when you hit over £60k lifetime earnings, you become eligible for a Koru Kids fee reduction to 6%.
You can always chat with our team during the application process to find out what you could earn, depending on your situation.