This toolkit can be used by all childcare providers in West Sussex to help develop their business models and consider partnership working with other settings.
It uses practical experience from the Early Years Innovators (a group of providers from across the sector and county) and research from other local authorities and external agencies.
It is intended as a guide only and professional legal advice should be sought, where appropriate.
If you require further business support from us after using this toolkit, submit a Targeted Setting Support (TSS) request.
Introduction to the 30 hours extended entitlement
- Business planning workbook - Getting started (Word, 100KB) - Help with 30 hours business planning, to be used in conjunction with the ‘Developing a business plan’ document below
- Developing a business plan for Childcare Services (Word, 576KB) - How to prepare a high quality business plan
- Financial spreadsheet - 30 hours evaluation (Excel, 71KB) - A spreadsheet to evaluate your financial and physical capacity to accommodate extra hours, and the impact on your income. Refer to the guidance document below when completing, analysing and using the data.
- Spreadsheet guidance (PDF, 64KB)
- Admissions and Free Entitlement Policy - example (Word, 76KB) - An example of an admissions policy, including extended entitlement. Other examples are available from the National Day Nurseries Association, Pre-school Learning Alliance and PACEY for members of those organisations.
Human resources (HR) support
The following guidance to support HR in your setting is available from the Advice, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
The following fact sheets are free to view online for West Sussex library card holders, or by visiting your local library:
The following fact sheets are free to view online for West Sussex library card holders or by visiting your local library:
The Department for Education's 30 hour mixed model partnership toolkit can help you set up or join a partnership, maximise the benefits of working together and tackle the challenges joint working can bring.
The toolkit includes the following relevant fact sheets:
- Relationship management - How to develop good relationships between traditional competitors
- Partnership preparation checklist - Practical tool for starting partnership working
- Identifying common ground and differences - A helpful guide to finding similarities between different providers while maintaining your unique selling point
- Conflict management strategies - How to resolve difficult or conflicting situations
Tax-Free Childcare is available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work and provide greater security for their families.
Providers can use the Childcare Choices Partner toolkit for resources to help communicate details of this scheme to parents'
Online business training courses
The following online training courses are for managers, owners, bursars and committee members in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Early Years and childcare providers in West Sussex. (In order to take a course you will need to create a free Learning Gateway account.)
Useful contacts and further reading