This help centre article was written for the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
Using the search feature, select: I’m looking for… Childcare Jobs + within 3 miles + your postcode + Registered Childminder Jobs or Parents Seeking Nurseries.
Look through the list of jobs that parents have posted and message families. In the message, include a bit about yourself and your services, your availability, and your phone number, so you can call or message.
You should log in as often as possible as you appear higher in search results when you’ve logged in recently.
Doing outreach to parents on a regular basis is very important. If you don't send messages, it's unlikely you'll find families to work with as profiles can get buried.
If you're not yet registered, you should make it clear that you're training to become a childminder (i.e you're not yet registered) and give an estimation of when your home nursery will open. Here is an example of what to write to parents:
I can see you’re looking for childcare in Islington for your little girl, so I wanted to introduce myself. I'm training to become a registered childminder via an Ofsted-registered childminder agency. I am aiming to open in 2-4 months and will have a space available in my home nursery. I am training in Forest Education, the EYFS, emotional wellbeing, and more. I will look after a maximum of 3 kids under the age of 5 at once during the day, so they’ll get lots of 1:1 attention from me but still have other children to play with. I also offer before and/or after school care and holiday care. I’ll take them on outdoor adventures to my local green spaces every day. I am a mum myself and have worked in childcare for 10 years. I’m really passionate about giving children a loving and happy start to life and love watching them grow and develop.
If you'd like to know more, here’s my website link or you can Whatsapp me on +44…
Best wishes, X
One of our Early Educators filled 80% of her spaces in 1 month by messaging 70 parents on childcare.co.uk. This is really impressive! Filling your spaces isn’t always easy, but with lots of hard work, it’s possible to have a thriving setting and earn a great salary. Here is what she messaged parents...
Hello....my name is X, I can see you're looking for childcare, I am based in X as a registered childminder via an Ofsted-registered childminder agency. I operate Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and accommodate earlier start and later finish if required.
I have higher education in educational studies and design. I am very creative and do a lot of outdoor and indoor learning. I do developmental reviews every 6 weeks to see how much your child has progressed by following the early years foundation stage curriculum.
If you're interested, you know where to find me :)
If you're not yet registered, you should make it clear that you're training to become a childminder (i.e you're not yet registered) and give an estimation of when your home nursery will open.
So you've chatted to a family and they seem keen? Here's what to do next:
You should message or call parents after chatting on childcare.co.uk. A phone call is a great way for parents to quickly ask you questions, and get to know you.
Once you’ve answered any initial questions, invite the parent to visit your home nursery on a tour. If you haven't completed your home setup yet, let parents know when you expect to be ready to run tours. In the meantime, you could suggest meeting in a park or cafe to chat.
Parents can sign up to Koru Kids on our site if they’d like to learn more about us and our support. They can also book a find out more call.
Download the childcare.co.uk app! The app sends you a notification when new families sign up with your requirements. Send these families a message, as well as checking every week for new families in your area with other requirements. Families looking for a childminder or a nursery may be interested in Home Nursery.