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Childcare business

Thinking of starting up a childcare business or becoming a childminder?

If you are thinking of becoming a childminder or home child carer or setting up a childcare care business such as a day nursery, out-of-school club, holiday playscheme or creche, then we can help.

Our experienced team of childcare professionals offers free information and confidential advice on a broad range of business topics, including:

  • how to determine whether there is a demand for my childcare business
  • how to register with Ofsted
  • running your own business - financial forecasting, marketing, and recruitment
  • training you might need
  • support on roles and responsibilities of committee members
  • how to decide what legal structure best meets your business need

Ongoing support

We are committed to improving outcomes for all children - ongoing quality and business support is available for early years and childcare settings to provide sustainable, good quality care and education.

How to determine whether there is a demand for my childcare business

We can provide a personalised assessment of the need for childcare in the area you are considering.

To ensure sufficient childcare, we looked at the current childcare market, what is available and what the demand is, all around the county.

For further information, please email: or tel: 01629 539317 and ask to speak to a childcare improvement officer.

How to register with Ofsted

Ofsted registers care provided for children on 2 registers - the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register and you can apply to join 1 register or both registers at the same time.

Most childcare providers caring for children aged under 8 must register with Ofsted unless the law says they are not required to do so − see the Governments early years and childcare registration guidance

If a childcare provider is not required to register, then in some circumstances they may choose to do so by joining the voluntary part of the Childcare Register.

If you are not sure whether you need to register, you can ring the Ofsted helpline on tel: 0300 123 1231 for more information.

Please read the following information before starting the registration process.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

As part of the application process to the Early Years Register, Ofsted will carry out suitability checks on the owners and manager including checks with the DBS. DBS will charge a disclosure fee.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Childcare Act 2006 established the EYFS as the framework for the care and education of children in the early year's age group − children aged from birth until 31 August after their fifth birthday − that all those registered on the Early Years Register must deliver.

The legal requirements that you must meet for the welfare, learning and development of young children are set out in the Statutory Framework for the EYFS, which is included in the EYFS pack. For further information about the EYFS please see the Department for Education's EYFS website.

Help form HM Revenues and Customs Education team

Starting and running a business is challenging so HMRC provide a wide range of help and support to help you run your business including videos, emails, e-learning, record keeping apps and online presentations (webinars). Webinars are offered on a bi-monthly bases.