Opening a day nursery, pre-school, out of school club or holiday scheme
Starting your own childcare business can be a rewarding experience but it can also be challenging.
Here are some thing's you’ll need to consider to begin building a successful business.
Research the local area
You can email the Family Information Service or call us on 020 8770 6000 to get:
- local information about the current childcare market
- Information on possible opportunities or gaps in the market
Identify suitable premises
We may be able to provide information on available spaces within the borough.
Business planning and identify funding
You should put together a business plan outlining:
- long-term objectives
- what you want to achieve and how you will do it
This will assist with any funding applications.
Comply with legal requirements
- Early Years Foundation Stage 2021
- Planning Permission
- Fire safety in the workplace
- Childcare Act 2006
- Children and Families Act 2014
- Health and Safety
Qualifications and Staff Ratios
The Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 Framework sets standards for the learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years old. All registered providers must follow the EYFS. The framework outlines the minimum qualifications and staff ratios for all early years providers (other than childminders).
Register with Ofsted
You will need to register as a childcare provider on domestic or non-domestic premises with Ofsted.
You can find out more about Ofsted requirements for becoming a childcare provider on GOV.UK