Setting up early years and childcare provision is complex with many requirements that must be met. The purpose of this article is to outline the basic requirements and to enable you to undertake initial research and produce a business plan.
If you are considering setting up early years and childcare provision you will need to consider and decide:
When you have completed this initial research contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the next steps.
It is essential that you carry out market research before you commit yourself financially. The aim of the market research is to enable you to make right choices at the beginning of your new venture. These questions will help you to begin your research:
Use a simple questionnaire to carry out market research; visit parent and toddler groups or local schools or supermarkets (ensure you ask for permission before you do so).
To help decide what type of setting you would like to provide see the Find Childcare Providers in Slough section on this website. This will give you information about the different types of childcare and the registration requirements involved.
You should determine whether there is a demand for the service you intend to offer. This should be specific and cover all aspects of your proposal. This will help to indicate the size, type and location of the premises you will be looking. Your market research should give you an indication about the possible demand for your service. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for Slough gives information about the supply of and demand for childcare in Slough by area.