Running Your Business

Running a Childcare Business


This section of our website has been developed to give early year’s providers’ accessible information and resources to support the management of their business. Here you will find information and advice on all fundamentals of business management. The guides have material and advice on all aspects of the sustainability of your service including managing your finances, marketing, human resources and governance.

Developing strong business planning and management skills will help to ensure the long-term sustainability of your setting. We all know that high quality childcare provision can have a substantial impact on children’s development, performance at school and their future life chances. To ensure you run a competitive high quality childcare provision you need to ensure you run a well-organized service.

Like all businesses you need to ensure that you are meeting all legal requirements, not just childcare regulations but national and local law and regulations as well.

These are our guides for Childcare Businesses.
These files are in PDF format. Download the free PDF reader here


Business Planning (Download here)

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Premises
  • Policies and Procedures



Financial Management (Download here)

  • Financial Planning and Management
  • Budgeting and Cash Flow
  • Pricing your Service
  • Regular Finance Management
    - Accounting for Cash
    - Book-keeping
  • Collecting Fees

Marketing (Download here)

  • Needs Analysis and Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Customer Service
  • Client Management



Managing People (Download here)

  • HR Issues
  • Recruitment
  • Managing Performance
  • Staff Policies and Procedures
  • Training and Development
  • Employment Law

Governance (Download here)

  • Types of Legal Structures
  • Good Governance
  • Charitable Register
  • Effective Committees
  • Committee Members and responsibilities
















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