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8.5% (plus VAT) of the total monthly sales income to the business
About Moonstone Day Care
Moonstone Day Care is very much a family business. It puts children at the heart of the experience but recognises the role of the staff in making the nursery feel like a home from home.
The business was started in 2014 by Kerrie-Ann Wynter, who realised there was a better way to approach childcare - one that put children first, but which also recognised the role of the staff.
Kerrie-Ann’s research showed that many nursery groups (particularly the larger chains) actually missed this vital point. If the staff enjoyed being there and felt valued in their role, then the environment would be much more welcoming for the children.
The key to Moonstone’s success is making sure the children are there because they want to be, not because they need to be.
Moonstone has always created a cosy, caring home-from-home environment, which the children love. Happy children mean happy parents and that makes for a highly successful and sustainable business model.
How does Moonstone Day Care franchise model work?
Moonstone’s system is actually very simple. The company has made sure that right from the start - and all the way along your journey - everything is laid out clearly for you, with a straightforward path to follow.
A lot will depend upon the premises from which you operate, so Moonstone will help with sourcing them to ensure they are suitable and fit within your business plan.
Once the premises have been sourced, Moonstone will work with you to find your customers.
The company has a well-proven marketing method for you to follow and will work alongside you to maximise the results from your marketing campaign.
Next, you will need to recruit some staff. Again, Moonstone has extensive experience in how to do this and will train you in how to attract - and retain - the best quality staff.
Once your nursery is open, your role will vary, depending upon how involved you wish to be.
There are certain regulatory requirements regarding the staff on the premises and Moonstone will advise you how many people you need and what each of their roles will comprise.
At that stage - and depending upon any previous experience you may have - Moonstone can define which of the roles you would undertake yourself.
Primarily, the company expects franchisees to take a senior managerial role and, certainly in the early stages, the business will benefit from your full-time input and support.
While there may seem to be a lot to deal with, bear in mind that Moonstone has done all of this before and before the company even thought about offering franchises it operated five nurseries of its own.
What type of franchisee is Moonstone Day Care looking to recruit?
The company is looking for people who:
• Are looking to build a successful and sustainable business over the long term.
• Can work in a fast-paced environment, dealing with issues as they arise calmly and efficiently.
• Believe in good customer service is the way to build a business.
• Would be able to pass an enhanced DBS check.
• Enjoy working with children.
• Are good at managing people.
• Are fit and active.
• Are prepared to closely follow a proven business system.
What training and support is provided?
Moonstone’s goal is to help you build a profitable business that you’ll enjoy running and be successful in. After all, your success is Moonstone’s success.
The company offers:
• Extensive initial and ongoing training.
• Full business and operational training.
• Advice and guidance on selecting suitable properties.
• Advice on how to market your business and generate customers.
• Unlimited ongoing support and advice from Moonstone’s experienced team.
• A presence on the internet through your own website.
• Detailed advice on how to set up and start running your business.
There is a core training module of five days, which takes place at Moonstone’s head office in Erdington, Birmingham.
Then, depending upon which type of role you want to take on (be it the nursery manager or the business owner employing a nursery manager), the next phase of training will be tailored to suit your requirements.
This can range from a few days’ management training, up to hands-on, apprenticeship-style training at one of Moonstone’s existing settings.
How must does it cost to become a Moonstone Day Care franchisee?
When you visit Moonstone, one of the things the company will discuss in much more detail is the financial investment involved in becoming a franchisee and what you receive in return.
However, the basics are as follows:
The total franchise package fee is £29,950 (plus VAT), which includes:
• All furniture and equipment for a 48-place nursery.
• Launch publicity and PR package.
• Office equipment.
• Full business and operational training.
• Operating manuals.
• Your own local website.
Does Moonstone Day Care charge franchisees any ongoing fees?
Moonstone charges franchisees a management services fee of 8.5 per cent (plus VAT) of the total monthly sales income to the business. This represents excellent value and is one of the lowest fees in the sector.
What is the set-up cost?
The largest element of the set-up cost is usually related to the premises and can vary significantly, depending upon the condition the premises are in and the amount of work involved in getting them ready.
In order to have a realistic budget, your total investment (assuming a sensible amount of refurbishment work), including the franchise fee and an element of working capital, is likely to be between £80,000-£120,000.
What locations or territories is Moonstone Day Care looking to operate in?
The company currently has key territories available throughout the UK and Ireland
Why is the franchise a good investment?
Before Moonstone began to franchise the business, the company built and operated five of its own daycare centres, which were all in different locations and with different group sizes and styles of property, so it’s learned a few lessons along the way.
Moonstone operates small, friendly, cost-effective nurseries and has established an excellent reputation for providing value for money, along with high-quality childcare.
How in demand are the services provided by Moonstone Day Care?
The nursery sector is extremely buoyant. The market is growing every day and shows no signs of slowing down.
Often, families need to earn two incomes these days, so the demand for good, affordable childcare is not going away any time soon.
How do I start setting up my own Moonstone Day Care franchise?
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