Setting up a Childcare Business
Setting up a childcare business / day care provision for
children is the same as setting up any business. You will firstly
wish to establish the viability of such a provision.
You will need to see whether you have access to suitable
premises and suitable people with childcare qualifications. You may
also wish to carry out market research to check if the service you
are planning is the service required by the public.
To identify provisions already established in areas across
Bedford Borough you can contact the Family Information
Service on 0800 023 2057.
What is 'day care'?
Day care is care provided at any time for children under the age
of eight on non-domestic premises, where the period (or total
periods) in any day during which the children are looked after on
the premises exceeds two hours. There are many different
types of day care provision:
- Full Day Care:
Day care for children under eight for a continuous period of four
hours or more a day. Babies and pre-school children can be
- Sessional Care:
Day care for children under eight for sessions that are less than a
continuous period of four hours in any day. Examples are playgroups
than open mornings only or those that run both mornings and
afternoons but with a break between the sessions when children do
not attend. Used by children from 2½-5 years.
- Out of School Care:
Day care for children under eight which operates for more than two
hours per day and more than 14 days a year. Examples include:
summer camps, holiday playschemes, breakfast clubs and after school
Crèches provide occasional care for children under eight for more
than 14 days a year. They need to be registered where
they run for a total of more than two hours a day, even when
individual children attend for shorter periods. Examples include
crèches at supermarkets, colleges and leisure clubs.
The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is responsible
for the regulation of childminding and daycare in England,
for more information visit
the Ofsted website.
For more information please contact the Childcare Development
team based at Bedford Borough Council on 0800 023 2057. They will
be able to assist in all aspects of setting up a new daycare
Support from Wenta for Business Start Ups -
For information and workshops on business start ups call
Get Ready for Business Workshops 9.30 -
- How to write a business plan
- Small business legal requirements
- How to source finance
- Taxation and VAT
- Managing cash flow
- Marketing the business