Services for Young Children

Opening a new childcare business in Hampshire

Services for Young Children offers comprehensive support, advice and training for those wanting to open a nursery, pre-school or out of school club in Hampshire. We are committed to helping businesses offer high quality childcare services to children and their families.

Our business support programme includes a one-to-one surgery with your local Childcare Development Co-ordinator and Business Support Officer.

Before you consider whether to open up your business you must conduct some initial research and investigation. You may find this checklist useful to make sure you have considered everything.

Market research

Have you considered whether there is demand for your type of childcare in the community you are looking to service?

Our Sufficiency Assessment can give you details of about childcare across the county and what parents are asking for in your area

Ask questions: Who are your competitors? What other companies offer a similar service in your area?, What do parents in the area want? - the answers to these questions will form part of your market research.

Business planning

What sort of business are you going to be running? Will you be forming a voluntary management committee?

Have you thought about drafting a business plan to show the bank or investors?

Where are you going to situate your business? If you are planning a new build or converting a domestic premises you will need to consider planning issues and the impact on any neighbours, road congestion, access and parking.

Have you thought about drafting a cash-flow forecast budget?

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So what next?

Once you have considered some of the points above, you should make an appointment to meet with your local Childcare Development Co-ordinator and Business Support Officer, who will listen to your ideas and give you expert advice on what steps you need to take towards opening your business.