Start-up Ideas: Childcare and children’s activities

There are lots of options for starting a business in the childcare and children’s activities sectors. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Registered Childminder
Registered childminders provide daily childcare, usually in their own home. Their clients are often working parents. Find out more >

Out-of-school Club (England)
Out-of-school clubs provide ‘wrap-around’ childcare outside school hours for working parents. They typically run breakfast clubs between 8am and 9am before schools open, and after-school clubs from around 3pm until 5pm or 6pm. Find out more >

Children’s Indoor Play Centre
Children’s indoor play centres provide adventure playground-style facilities and equipment for children aged between one and twelve years of age to use while supervised by a responsible adult, usually their parent or guardian. Find out more >

Day Nursery
Day nurseries provide childcare for pre-school children. They are generally open during working hours, between 8am and 6pm. Find out more >

Children’s Cookery Classes
Providers of children’s cookery classes offer tuition in baking or cooking snacks and meals, typically using fresh ingredients. Find out more >

Baby Proofing Service
A baby proofing service installs child safety equipment such as cupboard locks, plug socket covers, stair gates and fire guards in parents’ and other child carers’ homes. Find out more >

Baby Massage Instructor
Baby massage instructors deliver group classes in massage for babies and their parents and carers. Find out more >

Baby Planner
A baby planner (sometimes known as a ‘maternity concierge’) is contracted by expectant parents, and sometimes grandparents, to help them prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Find out more >

Children’s Entertainer
Children’s entertainers provide a wide variety of entertainment, including magic shows, puppet shows, discos, face painting, balloon artistry, ventriloquist and comedy acts, circus acts, tribute and look-alike acts, clowning and short theatrical shows. Find out more >

Children’s Hairdressing Salon
Children’s hairdressers provide haircuts and styling services for children, generally up to the age of 14. Find out more >

Parent Coach
A parent coach provides support and guidance to parents and guardians on a range of parenting issues. Find out more >

Crèche (England)
A crèche is a short-term, occasional childcare facility used by parents while they study, attend appointments or carry out other tasks, generally in the vicinity of the crèche. Find out more >