Your DEBUTOTS Toddler and Children's Drama Franchise!

Have a look at what some people that have already done this are saying:

Some words directly from the franchise companies:


Invest in a world full of learning and laughter…
...with a business that secures your happy ever after!

Why start a business by becoming a Debutots drama franchise holder?

Franchisees benefit from the security of a carefully crafted product, and are able to grow their business with the ongoing, personal support of a diligent Head Office team.

We felt passionate about learning through story and drama in the early years. The business' popularity soared with nurseries, schools and parents and franchising then provided the ideal platform for other dedicated people to share in our work and business success. Each franchise.

I had been out of the workplace for over 3 years when I stumbled across Debutots on the internet. I was looking for a new career that would fit in around my busy home life, and still enable me to spend time with my 2 girls. I have always loved amateur dramatics and working with children, so what could be better than combining the two together! I have been trading since autumn 2008 and it has been a lot of hard work, but I have loved every minute of it! The support, not only from Head Office, but also from the team of franchisees from around the country is great. Knowing that there is always someone to talk to if you have a query or problem, no matter how small ensures the smooth running of my franchise. I love my job and definitely made the right choice to become a Debutots franchisee!
— Clare, Franchisee – Durham, Chester–le–Street, Consett and Hexham

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this for me?

Successful business owners come from many different backgrounds - scientists, prison warders, performers,  accountants, business people, teachers, dancers, yoga instructors....Do you want to run your own flexible business with support from us and make a difference? Then this could be for you.

The success of the themes and lesson plans offer so much reward and the financial returns are high for low set up costs.  Full training and on going support benefits include:

  • Unique concepts in toddler activity, Keeping children active, having fun and developing.

  • Classes nurture toddlers’ natural love of moving to music, using their imagination to act and perform with play and fun!

  • Sole territory with exclusive rights to run under the business brand.

  • Franchise kit including operating manual, business stationery and teaching equipment.

  • Fully researched lesson plans, with copyrights constantly evolving and developing.

  • Ongoing support and meetings with active involvement into the growth of your company.

  • Online systems to help you develop your business.

  • You love interacting not only with children but adults too.

  • You are hard working and ambitious.

  • You have determination and an enthusiasm to succeed.

What would I be doing?

  • Manage your business on your exclusive territory of equal potential to other franchisees in the UK.

  • Source all venues for classes and manage venue costs.

  • Teach classes for all pre-school children within this territory

  • Manage any staff you employ for your business, for example dance teachers.

  • Market and advertise your business (grass roots marketing/magazine advertising).

  • Become the ‘face’ of the brand for your exclusive territory through effective PR.

  • Have a personally rewarding business, which adds to the community.

  • Have the flexibility to create your own promotions/pricing/special offers etc.

  • See here for what others have to say that have already done this.

  • See here for an illustration of a day in the life of a similar business owner.

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Our franchisees work around their family commitments.

Quality family time is at the very core of our philosophy, and if we couldn't make this business work around our family commitments, then we certainly wouldn't have the time to tell you about it! 85% of our franchisees are mums. But, parent or not, we know that your business has to be flexible enough to work around your life, and successful enough to bring in that much–needed income to your home.

Debutots classes tick a lot of boxes – they’re educational and fun – parents want to spend their money on the activity and schools and nurseries wanting to enrich their curriculum or provide Debutots as an after–school club certainly keep me busy!
— Jenni, Franchisee – Swindon and Surroundings.

People will always want to invest in developing children's communication, social and emotional skills: it's our future

Our franchisees continue to benefit from a diverse customer base including: nurseries, schools, after–school clubs, children's centres, local councils, libraries and parents with their little ones in local venues. This offers flexibility as to how you want to run your business and from where you generate your income stream.

I had a full time office job before the arrival of my daughter in 2006 and I knew that I didn’t feel comfortable returning to work full time and missing out on quality time with her. I wanted a job that would fit around my daughter and could grow as she did, but I thought that such a job would be impossible to find. That’s when I found an advertisement for Debutots. Becoming a Debutots Franchisee allowed me to build a successful business around my family commitments. I have been a Debutots franchisee since March 2008, and as each year passes, my daughter gets older and I am able to commit more free time to expand my franchise. Thanks to Charlotte and Karen at Debutots I have found a job and business that is not only exciting, enjoyable and lucrative, but still allows me to do the ‘school run’ and spend time with my daughter during the school holidays.
— Stephanie, Franchisee – Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth

Our franchisees can be their own boss AND enjoy the security of a supportive, experienced network.

You choose how you organize your work – from your timetables and staff to your holidays and lunch breaks! If you've taken a career break, had a family, want a change, always had a dream or need to boost the family income, then our franchise could be the supportive, successful and confidence–building business for you. Our comprehensive training and friendly network ensures you can boldly take that step back into the workplace and fearlessly leap into self–employment. You'll develop your current skills, learn valuable new ones, and have support and advice, not only from Head Office, but also from other franchisees who love to share their experiences on our forum.

With a franchise like Debutots, you’re buying into a ready–made product, with all the systems in place. There’s continued support and training, leaving you free and confident to get on and enjoy running the classes knowing that everything’s been tried before.
— Jen, Franchisee – Finchley, Hampstead and Muswell Hill

Who can become a Debutots franchisee?

We know that imaginative people with a love of telling stories, drama and the early years age group are perfect for the job, but you've got to be determined and ambitious enough to run your own business too.

If you are looking to combine sound workplace knowledge and a love of little ones to start a flexible, rewarding business, then our unique franchise package may be for you.

We're looking for people who have a genuine desire to build their own successful business within the Debutots franchise model. As franchisors, we do not have ambitions to recruit vast numbers of franchisees by certain dates or deadlines, and will certainly not try to sell a Debutots franchise to someone who's not wholly impassioned by it! We are looking for the people who truly believe in our product, who want to share their love of what we do with their local community and who'll run our sessions with integrity and commitment.

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