Sources of information

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


NDNA: Early Years Business Zone

Early Years business zone helps settings to plan for long-term sustainability with:

  • Interactive Business toolkits (register for free use):
    Business Appraisal, Staff Costs Calculator and Financial Management (forecasting).
  • Resources page (free access) with links to information, guidance and useful templates such as:
    • Market Research
    • Business Planning
    • Financial Planning
    • Marketing

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