This thread is so inspiring, this is something that I desperately want to do at some point, either in the near or more distant future. I currently work as an assistant in my local Waldorf kindergarten. My daughter is 20 months, and although I love the work it's hard to leave my own child to look after other people's children. Becoming a childminder (the word used for home based childcare providers in the UK) seems an ideal option, and I would love to offer (fairly loosely) Waldorf inspired childcare for under 3s, as that's not something that's available around here (it is hard having to send my daughter to a plastic filled overly stimulating childcare settings...although she seems to love them...). However, it seems there are far more legal loopholes to setting up as a childminder over here, as you have to become Ofsted registered and approved before you can do anything at all, and since September, you have to prove you are meeting Early Years Foundation Stage goals, several of which conflict with Waldorf principlpes (ie, you will be seriously criticised by inspecting bodies and deemed as failing to meet EYFS requirements if you do not have programmable toys and IT available to babies and toddlers
This has put me off somewhat, as well as some worries over whether I would be able to get permission from other memebrs of my housing co-op (I have a self contained flat but the grounds are communal), especially as there are hugely stringent regulations over the height of the fences/plants that are growing, and lots of other things, just to be able to allow the kids to play in the garden.
Anyway, it is still an eventual goal of mine, and I would be really interested in seeing how other people do with their beautiful and inspiring ventures! Especially if there is anyone who has managed to do this in the restrictive UK childcare environment?