Start a childcare business

How to set up a nursery, pre-school, breakfast club, after school club or holiday playscheme.

Statutory guidance requires us to encourage existing providers to expand their provision and new providers to enter the local childcare market.

The steps below will help you start your childcare business. 

Step 1

Analyse the competition and decide whether there is a gap in the market for your childcare setting. The sufficiency assessment below will help you establish where childcare may be needed.

Step 2

Read the following guidance to help you plan high quality, sustainable childcare.

Guidance for schools

Guidance for private, voluntary or independent (PVI) providers

Step 3

When you are ready to proceed, complete the form below to request support.

Request support with opening a childcare business (external link)

We will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Last updated:
7 September 2023
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