Before committing to a huge financial and personal commitment, it's important you understand whether or not there is a market for your idea. It's vital that you understand what you want to offer families and children, how much it will cost to set-up and run, what the legal requirements are and how much people would be prepared to pay for your service.
First steps to becoming a childcare provider
For some in-depth support and advice we recommend that you have a 'pre-registration support visit' which is run by our childcare development team. This is up to 5 hours per provider and can be adapted to meet your individual business needs. We will request that the visit involves a review and input into your business planning. Providers will be offered some basic templates to support business planning and practice delivery. Access to a greater number of resources is available if you purchase a subscription package to the 'Early Support Development Programme'.
Finding the right premises
Finding suitable premises can be difficult when starting your own childcare business. For further information regarding commercial buildings contact one of the commercial property agents in the city.
You should review local planning requirements before making any commitment to premises. You can find out more on our page about pre-application planning advice.
Applying to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
All applicants and any other individuals connected with the application must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check online to ensure that they are suitable to work with children. They are also required to join the DBS update service. Ofsted's DBS checks are processed by Capita - Ofsted's website provides guidance on how to apply for a check and assists with any related questions.