Business information for childcare providers

EYFS 2024

In January 2024 a revised EYFS 2024 came into force. Help for early years providers - Department for Education provides guidance and practical support to help you with the changes.

Local authority categorisation of childcare settings

Starting a new childcare business

If you are thinking about opening your own Day Nursery, Pre School, Out of School or Holiday Club please email the Cheshire East Early years and Childcare Team and provide details of your business proposal. Your enquiry will be passed to a Childcare Development Officer who can offer pre Ofsted registration support and guidance.

Holiday and after school providers

Providers can find more information about wrap around childcare on our National Wraparound Childcare Programme page.  

Information for providers of out of school childcare for children aged four years and over can be found on the Out of School Alliance website.

The Out of School Alliance offers information about setting up and running out of school clubs such as breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday clubs and playschemes.

Early Years’ qualification

The Early Years’ Qualification List is a  tool designed to help those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage to identify which qualifications are considered full and relevant.

The Department for Education have published new Statutory guidance:

New early year providers

New Early Year Providers can register as an early years provider to enable the Family Information Service to create an account on the Provider Portal. This will enable you to promote your Childcare service and keep your information up to date on the Cheshire East Live Well directory.

Data protection

Free nursery milk

Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk whilst in attendance at a registered daycare provider for two or more hours a day. The Government’s Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit (NMRU) manages the Nursery Milk Scheme.

Ofsted registration

Ofsted provides information about becoming a registered childcare provider.

Researching childcare needs in your area

When you are thinking about starting up a new childcare business it is always useful to ‘understand the market’.

HMRC  webinar

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Other useful links

Page last reviewed: 22 December 2023

Contact details

The early years and Childcare team operate a Helpline Inbox for all Cheshire east Childcare providers.

Email the Early years and Childcare Team

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