If you’re a stay-at-home-mum and are looking to work again but in a flexible role that allows you to put your family first and work alongside your childcare needs, then you might want to consider some of the baby franchise opportunities that exist in the UK.
A franchise is an agreement where you, the franchisee, pay and take on the right to market products and services of the franchisor and use their trademarks.
For example, if you were accepted to become a Jo Jingles franchisee in your area, then you would pay an upfront fee to the Jo Jingles franchisor and would then be allowed to market the Jo Jingles classes using their brand and format.
Typically franchises last for 5 years and you can then choose to renew the franchise licence again. Although there is often an expensive upfront cost associated with franchises, if you are committed to making them work, then you should get your money back within the first year. Some franchises even offer a month by month instalment plan for payments, giving you yet more reasons to turn to the world of franchising in order to keep the money coming in. Full training and startup kit including promotional materials (often a web page) are usually part of the franchise cost. A good franchise model will have a support staff to offer you continuing advice and assistance for the duration of the time that you hold the franchise licence.

Here are some of the most popular franchises currently available in the baby and kids market in the UK. They’re designed to be the perfect business for parents and many take place in term-time only leaving you free to dedicate yourself fully to your children in the school holidays. Although there is usually the scope to work outside of term-time if you wish for instance at a baby’s first birthday party.

Baby Sensory
Baby Sensory (and since 2010 Toddler Sense) allows babies from 3 months old to explore and develop the 5 senses. Classes involve music, stimulating visuals such as light shows and bubbles, puppet shows, baby signing, bells and much more. The classes are very popular with mums and babies alike. Franchises are currently operating in 75% of the UK and cost approx £5,500 to start up.

Jo Jingles
Jo Jingles is a popular music and singing class for youngsters aged between 3 months and 5 years. Classes help develop communication, listening skills, memory, personal and emotional development, numeracy skills, creativity, imagination and physical development.
Jo Jingles has been around since 1991 so is very well established and franchises currently cover approximately 65% of the UK. The franchise cost is approximately £7,500.

Diddi Dance
Diddi Dance is a 45 minute dance class for both girls and boys aged roughly 2-4 years old (some classes will be flexible about age if you ask though).
Funky pop tunes play whilst the children learn dancing games and exercises, skip around with dancing ribbons and generally burn off lots of energy. Franchises currently cover about 35% of the UK and the startup cost of the franchise is about £6400.

Pyjama Drama
Pyjama Drama teaches babies, toddlers and children about drama and acting. Babies as young as 6 months can attend the Dewdrop class which includes a dramatic storytelling session, play, movement and of course music. This is a relatively new class, (Pyjama Drama was founded in 2005) so coverage is only currently 15% of the UK and the startup cost of the franchise is £6450.

These are only a very small selection of the baby franchise opportunities that exist in the UK for mums who want a flexible work-family life balance. Don’t be put off if you don’t feel that you’re a natural musician, actress or teacher. Remember that extremely successful franchises do operate where the franchisee employs a network of teachers to run their classes, which frees them up to do all the marketing, admin and organising.

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