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Setting up a childcare business

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Set up a day nursery or pre-school

You need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to 8 years of age.

The registration process and training requirements for a prospective childcare business to care for children from birth to 5 can be found on the Ofsted website.

Before applying to Ofsted, email us at or call us for support and advice on 07834 568 934.

We also provide information on a range of services that can help with starting a business, covering funding, support and mentoring.

Planning advice

You can find out if you need planning permission. Our planning service also offers pre-application advice.

Consultation with a Senior Early Years Childcare Adviser

To arrange a consultation for advice and guidance to set up your business.

Please contact or call us for support and advice on 01202 817 894.

Useful early years websites

We have put together a list of useful websites which may be helpful.

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