Business support for childcare providers
The links on this page provide information which may be useful in planning and running your business.
They are not intended to replace other sources of financial advice and it is recommended that childcare providers seek help from independent professional financial advisers, the Inland Revenue and other professionals as appropriate.
General business support
The DfE has a number of publications on its website to support childcare providers in running a sustainable business:
- Supporting early years providers to run sustainable businesses
- Early years providers: how to respond to changing needs
- Early years providers: how to promote your business
- Early years sustainability: supplier list and guides
The Foundation Years website has a Business Sustainability Guide which includes information on managing monthly finances, marketing and developing a business plan.
Sure Start publications
Sure Start published a series of guides aimed at improving the sustainability of all forms of childcare businesses.
Note that contact details in these guides are now out of date.
Team Steps for Success - a 5 part publication on business skills aimed as group settings, but with relevance to childminders:
- Planning for Business success
- Managing finance
- Managing your childcare business
- Marketing your childcare business
- Pricing your childcare service
Knowing your business – A guide on how to use management information to run your childcare setting
Two publications aimed specifically at childminders:
- Mind your business - A guide for childminders to successful self-employment
- Working with parents – Effective working relationships for childminders
The 30 hours extended entitlement
The following publications and resources are aimed at helping settings prepare for the extended entitlement.
Childcare have been appointed by the DfE to assist with the rollout of the extended entitlement have published a number of resources for providers on business planning
- Getting ready for 30 hours
- A work book for schools to assess their readiness for the extended entitlement
- A work book for PVI settings to assess their readiness for the extended entitlement
- A guide on charging for lunches and other additional charges
- Delivering the 30 hours out of school
- Case studies from West Sussex, one of the early innovator councils
The occupancy calculator from Oldham Council can help you calculate the number of free places in your setting and includes a guide on its use.
The sustainability model spreadsheet has been designed to help you calculate the sustainability of your business.
Unfortunately it does not come with a guide. The Early Help team can assist you to complete the spreadsheet if you are having difficulties.
The Family and Childcare Trust, in conjunction with the Department for Education, has designed a free toolkit to support mixed model partnership approaches to delivering the extended free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.
The interactive toolkit will help providers:
- think about how to get started
- assess the likely supply of and demand for the extended free entitlement
- explore benefits and challenges of adopting a partnership approach
- explore how relationships with parents (mothers, fathers and other carers) might change
- learn from a number of case studies