Sources of information

Organisations with business planning tools which providers can access for support.


Childcare works

DfE's national support partner for the early years expansion and wraparound programmes

NDNA: Online training courses

Providers can access a range of free online early years and childcare training courses which include courses related to business planning. 

PACEY: Business Smart

An online collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help new and existing childcare practitioners to develop and maintain a sustainable business.

It was originally developed for childminders but has grown to support everyone working in childcare.

Early Years Alliance

Information, links, resources and toolkits on

Starting a childcare business
Business and management


Free impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice for employees and employers.  Website:


Related links

Market research

Business planning

Financial planning


Sources of information