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Childcare business and support

We offer a range of support to early-years or childcare providers, to help them to provide high-quality services to children, young people and families in Derbyshire.

Our childcare improvement service offers information, advice and guidance to Ofsted-registered childcare settings and our education improvement service (early years) works with all settings that offer free early education to children aged 2, 3 or 4.

You'll also find information about how we can support you if you are thinking about setting up a childcare business or becoming a childminder.

This includes looking at whether there's a demand for childcare in a particular area, how to find out about registering with Ofsted, what you might need to consider to make sure that children with additional needs or disabled children can be included.

There's a huge range of training and development opportunities open to anyone who works with children and young people in Derbyshire, many of them free.

All early years and childcare providers are able to advertise their service free of charge on the family information service and also update their details online.

Childcare newsletter

We produce a termly cross sector newsletter containing lots of national and local updates, knowledge and experiences and good practice ideas to help schools and Ofsted registered early years and childcare settings to raise the quality of care and education for children across Derbyshire.