Setting up and developing a childcare business

Information about setting up and developing childcare provision in Suffolk.

As an Ofsted registered childminder, you will provide children with high quality care and play opportunities to help them learn, and offer grant funded early education places to children on behalf of Suffolk County Council.

There is currently a need for registered childminders across Suffolk but specifically in Brandon, Felixstowe, Trimley and Woodbridge areas.

You will be a self-employed professional who cares for children within your own home. You will deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework to children aged 0 to 5 years, providing a secure, playful learning environment for children to develop.

How do I start a childminding business?

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, please:

  1. read the following guidance from the Ofsted website: Pre-registration Childminder briefing
  2. For more information and next steps please read How to become a registered childminder in Suffolk | Community Directory.

Useful websites:

For other childminding queries or if you are already an Ofsted registered childminder in Suffolk and you would like advice or support please contact the Suffolk Family Information Service by emailing: childcare.planning@suffolk.gov.uk

For all other ways that we support existing childcare providers, please go to guidance for childcare providers page.

How do I set up a day nursery, pre-school playgroup or out-of-school-care provision?

If you are considering starting up as a group childcare provider (nursery, pre-school, out-of-school-care) in your local area and would like some advice on what steps to take to become an Ofsted registered childcare provider in Suffolk, then contact the Suffolk Family Information Service.

As a new childcare provider you will provide children with high quality care and play opportunities to help them learn, and offer grant funded early education places to children aged 2 to 5 years on behalf of Suffolk County Council.

We can help you understand the different types of childcare provision that you could offer, for instance:

  • a day nursery (offers full daycare provision for 0 to 5 year olds)
  • a pre-school playgroup (offers sessional daycare for 2 to 5 year olds)
  • out-of-school care (breakfast, after school or holiday club)

We can offer you advice with the following:

  • Business start-up support, including childcare business options.
  • Training in childcare and in childcare business management
  • Help with staff recruitment
  • Information on childcare regulations
  • Advice on sustaining and growing your business
  • Setting up school based childcare
  • Promoting your childcare provision to customers

For more information, please contact the Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33

Financial support

Small businesses will find useful information on starting up your business from the following websites:

Useful contacts for starting/developing a childcare business

If you are already an Ofsted registered childcare provider in Suffolk and you would like advice on how to expand your childcare provision please phone the Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33 for help.

For all other ways that we support existing childcare providers, please go to guidance for childcare providers page.