Business information for childcare providers

EYFS 2017

In April 2017 a revised EYFS 2017 comes into force. There is also a one-page guide available that details the changes.

Local authority categorisation of childcare settings 2017

Local Authority Categorisation of Childcare Settings (PDF, 86KB)

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

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 list

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

Data protection

The Early Years and Childcare Team have put together a Data Protection Information Factsheet (PDF, 63KB) to help you understand your responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998. 

You may also find the Information Commissioners Office document IT Security Practical Guide (PDF, 411KB) useful.

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’.

What's new for 2017 

This session will provide an overview of new and changed processes for the 2017 to 2018 tax year.

  • Cash basis for the self-employed: This webinar will explain the Cash Basis scheme, available for the self-employed, which is designed to make tax simpler for sole traders and business partnerships. It’s not suitable for limited liability partnerships or limited companies.  Book 'Cash basis' here
  • Getting payroll information right: Find out how providing accurate employee information to HMRC is important and can save time in this interactive employer webinar. Book 'Payroll information' here

Other useful links

Contact us

The Early Years and Childcare Team operate a helpline for all childcare providers in Cheshire East.  This is available on :

  • Monday 1:30 - 4:30pm
  • 01625 374162

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