Starting a Childcare Agency

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Childcare agencies recruit and supply childcare workers such as nannies, au pairs, babysitters, childminders' assistants and qualified nursery staff on either a temporary or permanent basis to 'hirers', which typically include individual parents and families, as well as organisations such as playgroups, crèches and day nurseries.

Childcare agencies that find permanent work for childcare workers, where the worker will be paid and employed by a third party, are classed by law as employment agencies, while agencies that find temporary work for childcare workers, where the workers are paid and employed by the agency, are classed as employment businesses.

Childcare agencies are regulated under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (as amended). The 2003 Regulations set out requirements such as the statutory information that should be included in agencies' contracts with both childcare workers and hirers, and the circumstances in which childcare workers may and may not be charged fees by the agency.

Childcare agencies in Scotland need to be registered with their statutory national registration body. Registration requirements differ depending on where in the UK the agency is located.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a childcare agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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