Tots Play Franchisee
Baby and Toddler Play Classes
Posted: 3rd Dec 2018 Closing: 3rd Mar 2019
Tots Play is an award-winning multi-activity, developmental play programme of movement and sensory based play classes for babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years to attend with a parent or carer.
One of the reasons our customers love Tots Play is that it offers a little bit of (almost!) everything. Instead of having to choose between a music, massage, yoga, sensory, signing or physical play class for their little one, they can give their child all these experiences in one programme - and have lots of fun too!
We are seeking franchisees to bring these classes to families across the country, so if you would like to work flexible hours around your family, enjoy spending time with young children and their mums and dads, want to have fun, use your brain, get out and meet people AND earn what you're worth then we would love to hear from you.
No specific qualifications or experience are needed to run Tots Play classes but you must enjoy working with young children and their parents and be able to make them feel welcome. You will also need plenty of energy and enthusiasm to get everyone involved and the confidence to lead a group in various play activities.
Drive, determination and the desire to run and develop a business are also important qualities needed to run a successful, thriving business. Full training and support from an experienced team will be provided, and our network of established franchisees are also a great source of advice and support both initially and on an ongoing basis. With Tots Play you never need to feel like you are on your own or that any question is too silly – we are always here to help.
You are free to set your own hours, provided you run a minimum of two classes per week during school term times, so it is a business that fits really well around family life.
How much you earn will depend on how many classes you decide to run per week, and the time and effort you put into promoting them, but you can expect to bring in between £40 and £75 per class, with extra revenue possible from running parties, nursery sessions and from the sale of Tots Play resources and merchandise.
Best suited to:
The Tots Play franchise is best suited to those with a passion for working with and supporting families and the desire and determination to grow and develop a business around their family or other commitments. If you are hard working, enthusiastic and self-motivated and have a genuine interest in young children and their parents and in providing a great experience for them.
Name: Claire Wimble
Family: Married with 3 children aged 12, 9 and 5
How often do you work?
I work every day on various aspects of the business but can honestly say none of it actually feels like work! I love running classes on Monday afternoon and most of Thursday morning and will spend the rest of those days, prepping classes or cleaning equipment and putting it away. On the days in between I market, answer queries etc. But I love that I choose when and how long for.
How does the job fit around your family life?
The job fits around family life perfectly. I can take my children to school and pick them up at the end of the day. The fact that I have control over my own timetable also means I can attend all those important moments in between and have the flexibility my family needs.
How much time do you commit?
I’ve never calculated how much time I put in which I think is a good sign that I enjoy my role! I would estimate 5 or 6 hours a day.
Where do you carry out your work?
I run my classes in my own village and surrounding area which has really made me feel part of the community. I also visit local playgroups and nurseries within the local area when I’m promoting. The administrative side of things I run from home, usually with a cup of tea and various children or a dog on my knee!
Do you need a car?
A car is an absolute must as you will need to transport some quite bulky equipment to your classes.
Do you get support/training?
I get the gold standard in support and training and this began before I’d even signed my franchise agreement. The Tots Play team work really hard to make sure all their franchisees have access to everything they could possibly need to make a success of their businesses. I have known from the very beginning that this is a company with heart. The training and materials are incredibly comprehensive.
Would you recommend this opportunity to other mums?
I’d wholeheartedly recommend this particular franchise opportunity to other mums looking for a way to earn a good income in a family friendly way. I’m present in my family’s life, I adore my work and I’ve surprised myself with the new skills I’ve gained. I’m now in charge of my working day and I decide what my priorities are rather than working to someone else’s idea of what is important.
Do you advertise?
Primarily advertise via Facebook as I find this is where my customers get a lot of their information. I also use a local free magazine which is highly thought of in the area, place posters in places I think my customers will use such as the local chemist and health centre and the leisure centre. I also carry leaflets with me most of the time to hand over if I spot a new mum s.
Are there any downsides to the role?
There will always be an element of uncertainty in regards to income. You need to have faith in your classes in the early days and believe that people will want what you offer. It can be a little scary waiting for those first bookings to start coming in and you have to be a little financially brave. Also running a franchise requires a whole range of skills, some of which will be new to you.