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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:

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Note that contact details in these guides are now out of date.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:

Knowing your business – A guide on how to use management information to run your childcare setting

Two publications aimed specifically at childminders:

The 30 hours extended entitlement

The following publications and resources are aimed at helping settings prepare for the extended entitlement.

Childcare Works

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

These include:

  • 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

Useful resources

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.

Office spreadsheet icon FTE occupancy calculator79 KB
PDF icon FTE occupancy guide106.58 KB

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.

File Sustainability model63.15 KB

Partnership working

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

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