Early Years Providers Business Planning and Support

Free Business Planning Tools - Pacey, NDNA and EY Alliance

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Business Smart for Childminders 
Developed by childminders for childminders, a collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help new and existing childminders develop a sustainable business. Funded by DfE, providers can find top tips, videos, case studies, downloadable tools and other essential ideas to help make the most of their business.

Group Setting Cost Calculator 
This calculator developed with London Borough of Merton, funded by DfE helps to understand the cost of delivering childcare services.

Occupancy Levels Calculator
Helps providers to work out the ideal occupancy levels in group settings and different staffing models.


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NDNA ​Business Zone 

FREE online business support toolkit funded by DfE. It aims to help providers sustain a healthy childcare business, developed by the sector, for the sector.

The toolkit includes:

  • Business Appraisal;
  • Financial Management;
  • Staff Cost Calculator.

There is also a range of downloadable resources.

Business Zone for COVID-19


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Early Years Business Zone

Created by the sector, for the sector.  The Early Years Business Zone (delivered by NDNA), is a great new initiative that provides a dedicated, free to access, online resource that is tailored to the specific needs of early years businesses.
Business Toolkit - Early Years Business Zone


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Early Years Alliance

Cost of Delivery Calculator
Can be used to calculate provider’s total costs and total hours delivered.  Information can then be entered into the spreadsheet, which automatically estimate hourly delivery costs.

Coronavirus Business Support


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Free business support for Childminders (Webinar) 
EnterprisingYou hosted an event aimed at raising awareness of free and fully funded support for childminders who live in Greater Manchester.  It is exclusively available to the self-employed in Greater Manchester and by watching their recorded webinar, you'll discover more about their extensive training offer and partnership opportunities.
Early Years and School Readiness News - Greater Manchester Combined Authority (greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk)


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Early years business sustainability

The Department for Education (DfE) provide advice, examples and resources to help early years providers run a sustainable childcare business.
Early years business sustainability - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)