DD leaves home in September & "things" will be different
This is very speculative; but I'm wondering about separating out the 'setting' part of the house and the private part of the house. Which would mean building a small extension for a sleep room, converting the 'old' sleep room into a kitchen, blocking a doorway & converting an arch into a locking door
Oh & something very complicated with toilets & washing machines & utilities
What advantages will there be to you by turning it into a nursery?
A relative of mine is lucky enough to run a childminding business from a lovely annexe that is attached to their home. It is set up very much like a nursery it even has it's own garden and entrance but it is still a childminding business as she said it is simpler to operate this way .
Is taking on renting a building a possibility? My friend who changed from Childminder to Nursery was really glad she rented premises, rather than continue using her own home. Toilet wise, she manages with having two, which the premises already had and thus did not need to do any changes to layout. Think she currently has: Pre-School Room (which becomes after-school club), Creche room, baby room (which may be mostly for sleep as I think they merge it with the creche most of the time).
Would town planning let you use your home as a nursery? It would need a change of use wouldn't it, so going before planning committee I expect. Have you explored options with town planning in the past? Are they likely to grant an extension? Would they grant change or use, or do they not like business premises mixed with housing?
From April childminders can work outside the setting in another setting (school/church/office) without the need for planning permission and without having to change registration. Could you look into this? I am currently looking for premises to operate like this, plan is to run FEEE sessions from new premises and wrap around care from home. Ie home 7-8:30/4-6 and other premises 8:30-4!
Didn't you have an eco-nursery a couple of years ago? Or am I mixing you up with someone else? I remember someone turning part of their house into an eco-nursery a few years ago on mumsnet and thought it was a great idea.