Early Years

Considerations when setting up a provision

Considerations when setting up a provision

Providers need to be registered with Ofsted. Guidance and application forms are available on the Ofsted website.

You should look at and consider carefully the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children age birth to five, which need to be met in order to achieve Ofsted registration.

You should research whether there is a need for the services you are proposing, including what gap in provision you would be filling and how you would differentiate yourself from competitors. Alongside this carefully consider your location. Review our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment to help you with this.

Contact the early years team directly to discuss any suitable premises alongside any planning permission that may be required for the use of premises as a nursery.

You should consider how the project will be financed, particularly obtaining the premises and any costs involved in converting them to suitable nursery space. In addition, it is usual for nurseries to need cash in the first year, in order to pay running costs whilst the numbers of children attending are built up.

You should consider whether or not the nursery is likely to be a viable business proposition by creating a business and financial plan. 

You may also find the National Day Nursery Association a helpful point of information and advice.

 National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) Early Years Business Zone is a free online toolkit to help nursery businesses.

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