This help centre article was written for anyone thinking of applying to become a childminder in the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
Home suitability quiz
We have created this 3-minute quiz so you can check if your home is suitable for childminding.
Your home can be quite modest
The amount of space you have impacts how many children you can care for (and therefore earn) but even a modest space can make a great Koru Kids home nursery if it's equipped with the right furniture and toys.
We expect our childminders to spend a lot of time outdoors and so your home is really just a 'basecamp' for adventures in your local area.
You need to follow Ofsted guidance with regards the amount of space you need for children.
The EYFS specifies how much indoor space you’ll need for each child within your setting, based on their age. You will need to ensure you meet the following indoor space requirements:
Children under two years: 3.5 square metres per child.
Two-year-olds: 2.5 square metres per child.
Children aged three to five years: 2.3 square metres per child.
Remember these are square metres and so you may be surprised how little space is specified. Most homes are well within requirements.
Find out how many square metres of space you have.
When you measure, you should only measure the areas the children play in.
Don’t include storage areas, hallways, landings, out of bounds areas, such as your bedroom, cloakrooms, utility rooms and bathrooms.
You can include your kitchen if it's used for play or activities. Otherwise, don’t include it.
The simplest way of “measuring” is to dig out a floor plan that an estate or letting agent may have shared with you before you moved in.
Otherwise, you can also lie a double duvet on the floor. This is usually the space you will need for one child.
Multiply the lengths and widths of rooms to get your square meterage.
Do I need a separate space for the children to play?
No. Your living room or kitchen/dining room is usually enough space to create a good learning environment for young children if set up the right way. We'll talk you through any changes you'll need to make.
We offer guidance to make your space beautiful and appealing to parents. We give lots of advice on how to make your money go as far as it can - by buying pre-loved and focussing on high impact, built to last toys.
Do I need a separate space for the children to sleep?
They don't need their own room but you will need space for the travel cots to be in a darkened area.
Some people use their bedrooms or their children's bedrooms, whilst some people use part of their living room.
Do I need a garden?
An outdoor space at home is a big bonus as it's very appealing to parents, but is not essential.
You will take the children outdoors to your local green spaces each and every day, so your children won't miss out on their outdoor learning.