Sources of information
Organisations with business planning tools which providers can access for support.
- Business and Self Employed
Information on starting and growing a business and guidance on registering under different types of legal status such as sole trader, partnership, limited company and social enterprise. Find out more about the types of legal status – advantages, disadvantages and points to note.
- Supporting early years providers to run sustainable businesses
Advice, examples and resources to help early years providers run a sustainable childcare business.
- Guidance - Business insights from successful early years providers
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
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.
Resources from a DfE funded webinar for all types of early years and childcare providers, outlining steps for business planning and sustainability.
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: www.acas.org.uk