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Setting up and running a childcare business

We recommend that providers consider the following when setting up or expanding childcare:

  • consultation and market research
  • the need for childcare and early years in your area
  • business and financial planning for new childcare
  • Ofsted standards and regulations
  • fee and wage averages in the area
  • accessing funding to support new childcare development
  • offering the free funded early years education places

We produce information about childcare needs across Cambridgeshire in the Education Organisation Plan. In addition, we identify where we have a need for new places in the Market Position Statement

Specialist support is available to help you with:

  • business and financial planning
  • cash flow forecasting, budgeting and monitoring
  • funding and sustainability
  • marketing and promoting your service
  • staff recruitment and management
  • premises issues
  • employer supported childcare schemes
  • trustee and committee roles and responsibilities
  • charity status and constitutions
  • management structures / governance
  • supporting parents to afford childcare.

To access this support, please contact the Early Years enquiries line on 01223 706133 or email [email protected]

The Families and Childcare Trust provides information for employers on setting up a salary sacrifice scheme, setting up a childcare voucher scheme, setting up directly contracted childcare and employer-supported childcare during maternity leave.

Fees and wages survey

The 2014 survey details fees charged and wages paid, broken down by sector and area of the county


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Sample questionnaire for pre-school places

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Sample questionnaire for pre-school places

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