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Good morning everyone. I'm out of work at the moment and I finally decided to pursue a dream I've always had. I want to open a creche in lagos around the Lekki-Ajah area. I need any advise I can get, for instance what I need to know about opening and running a daycare. 

Also I know most parents these days especially the career orientated types I'm targeting, would want to put their children in the hands of qualified professionals so I'm thinking of taking a course in childcare or child studies or something. At the moment I don't know of anywhere I can do this in lagos besides yabatech, the problem is that it's a post graduate course and I don't want that, I want a course of three months or less, if I have no choice but to do it outside the country then I will, even though I can't afford that at the moment, so lagos is preferable. So please does anyone know where I can do this, or maybe even online? 

Lastly please young mothers in the house, is professional certification really important to you when choosing a creche or daycare for your child? I wondering if I'm delaying myself by looking for a course or if I should just try and start the business?

Thanks for your advise. 


  1. Shared a friend the link and she runs one. Said some mothers ask,some don't but what's necessary is a nurse present and medical tests done for staffs...

  2. Just start the business Ma. Add alot of effizzy to the place. Make sure your nannies are extra clean and fresh, include the CCTV effizzy. Place must look extra nice. 24hrs electricity. Correct water treatment plant. A staff with a nursing background. After Creche services. etc

    Those Lekki people like effizzy. If you dont have the minimum effizzy infrastructure requirements they wont come even if you have all the qualifications.


  3. Kon oh... she cant just start the business - it is peoples children she is handling not selling shoe and bag. It depends on what type of creche you intend to run

    First you must go to poverty alleviation to get licensing.
    Then you need to consider if you are jelesimi (let the house have peace) or an institution that prepares kids properly for nursery. Then your standards/ facilities determine what you can charge....if you are running a n50k/ month service are you providing sleeping cribs, cots lunch and activity filled days for the kids or are they jist gonna watch African magic and lay on mats all day? Early childhood you child to adult ratio must be 4 to 1 or less with these adults certified in cpr and first aid and literate enough to give daily accounts of the childs activities and behaviours.

    Try websites like Alison, cousera etc many of them give the free online learning option especially if you only intend on running a center for kids 2 or 3 and under. For your own sake - the better the certification you have, the easier it is to tag your establishment as a premium service so you can provide care for fewer children while still being profitable.

  4. Just add Kon's suggestions to Ms Pynk's and you're set.

    I think its important to reiterate that you will be handling people's children at the most important stage of their lives so you must get it right. No matter how long it takes, make sure you get it right. Plan very well, do your research, talk to people who run the kind of organisation you want to run, ask them how they pulled/are pulling it off, buy books, use Google, etc. Basically, just be well informed before you venture into the business cos these things are not small business especially in the axis you're hoping to open shop.

    If I remember correctly, Ms Pynk has been on this for a year plus or so, why? She's working to get it right.

  5. 8 hours or more is a long time to leave a child in the care of unqualified personnel. Get the training; if for nothing else, for your own confidence and peace of mind.


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