starting my own preschool

(12 Posts)
wiziliz Sun 30-Oct-16 11:38:48

hello everyone
I am planning to open a preschool, please I need lots of advises, ideas , suggestions from you lovely people.A little about my preschool. Its going to be a home-based preschool, for ages 3-5, nearly 70% of the classroom is ready, furnitures , other supplies bought. I am making the flyer, please input some ideas. Do i have to display my qualification certificates ? Do parents ask to see my certificates when they come to meet me for the first time?
Thanks

noblegiraffe Sun 30-Oct-16 11:41:10

How are you going to make money?

Pre-schools are closing down left right and centre because the government funding for free hours doesn't even remotely cover costs.

catkind Sun 30-Oct-16 12:03:13

Sounds like a huge challenge, good luck!
You'd need some kind of website and probably a brochure too telling people all about your setting and how it's going to work. That's where I'd expect to hear what the staff's qualifications are. Certificates in a folder offered to parents at open day or visit? Some settings do have them framed on walls in the entrance or similar.
You're asking parents to take a big leap of faith sending kids to a completely new setting. I'd be expecting a lot of willingness to engage. Open mornings/free stay and play session so kids can try out your resources and parents can see you in action (and also have a chat)? Offer free play sessions in exchange for feedback from parents - even action photos for your brochure/website? Would that be allowed? The more people see you and your setting and like you, the more word of mouth gets out.
Generally when preparing material you'll need to think carefully about what you can offer as a home based preschool that a good childminder isn't already offering with better ratios.

merlottime Sun 30-Oct-16 12:41:09

Are you registered with Ofsted? What hours will you operate? What space have you got available - both inside and outside? If I was looking for a pre-school I would want to compare how you cared on each of these to local competition (pre-schools attached to schools, other pre-schools, childminders). Do you accept govt funding/free hours? Do you accept childcare vouchers?

I must admit I am struggling with the notion of a home based pre-school. I would want either a proper school based setting with the facilities that offers, or a childminder.

It would also be a good idea to get someone to proof read all of your publicity material/website. Spelling or grammar issues will put parents off.

merlottime Sun 30-Oct-16 12:42:30

I would also want to know that you have insurance, and have first aid training as well as a pre-school childcare/teaching qualification.

insancerre Sun 30-Oct-16 13:04:04

Are you in the U.K.?
If you are then you need to register with the local authority and ofsted
You will need to have a pre registration visit to demonstrate you have fully complied with the statutory requirements

But you probably know all that already

What is your unique selling point that is going to make arenas choose you instead of the local preschool?

NickyEds Sun 13-Nov-16 22:00:39

I don't really understand how you would be different to a childminder?

SuperPug Sun 13-Nov-16 22:08:51

I'm sorry, but for children of reception age, I would be sending them to a primary school. Teachers in Reception work incredibly hard to give kids a good foundation for the rest of primary school. I would suggest you look at a few of these threads as this doesn't seem to be an easy job.
Honestly- while it's great you are enthusiastic about this it doesn't seem incredibly professional if you are asking whether you would display certificates. There's specific pedagogy for teachers of this year group and I have a lot of respect for what they do. Parents would surely ask about qualifications, you would put this on your website and could show them on request. Merlot raises a lot of concerns schools have to deal with day to day.

SuperPug Sun 13-Nov-16 22:10:44

Looking at my above post and yours, I can't make out if you are a qualified teacher with experience of this year group? Of so, I'm sure you're aware of these challenges anyway.

SuperPug Sun 13-Nov-16 22:11:04

*If so

BackforGood Sun 13-Nov-16 22:12:45

Are you in the UK ?
Are you registered with OFSTED?
Will you take funded children?
Presumably you have done all the qualifications needed - from Safeguarding to First Aid, from Food Hygiene to thorough knowledge of EYFS ?
Are you registered with the LA ?

AndNowItsSeven Sun 13-Nov-16 22:13:50

Op is not in the uk.

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