January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years

Business Planning and Childcare Sufficiency

Business Planning and Childcare Sufficiency

Demand for different types of childcare varies across Buckinghamshire.  The staff, location, and premises are therefore of fundamental importance to sustain a quality provision. Business planning is essential to ensure a quality provision. Information about starting your own business and courses that you may find useful via the Government website.

A careful feasibility study will be required as, although you may feel there is a need for childcare in your local area, others may also be considering providing new childcare in that area.  We are also aware that a number of childminders currently have vacancies for flexible childcare. Information about childcare sufficiency in different parts of the county may be viewed on the Buckinghamshire Council website: Childcare sufficiency assessment. This may help you to decide on where you may wish to set up your business.

If you would like advice regarding producing a feasibility study, please let us know, and we will provide contact details of your local Early Years Business and Finance Advisor who will be able to support you in this.

Once you have had an opportunity to consider these issues, you may wish to discuss matters further for more in-depth information.

If so, please email use at earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk to request contact from one of our Business and Finance Advisors.


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