Childcare Sustainability Toolkit

The Childcare Sustainability Toolkit provides a collection of resources, tools and information to support childcare providers and schools in maintaining a sustainable business model. In addition to these resources providers and schools can also access an initial self evaluation survey to identify key areas for development, following this an optional 1:1 targeted action planning meeting can be accessed. Further details are available below.

Sustainability Resources

This is a range of Doncaster focused factsheets and resources developed by the local authority to support providers.

Sample - Schools Admission Arrangements - Aug 17-1
Download (72KB - DOC)
Creating a Marketing Strategy-1
Download (168KB)
Developing a Pricing Policy-1
Download (134KB)
Information on Food Safety and Packed Lunches-1
Download (137KB)
Networking Partnerships-1
Download (141KB)
Unique Selling Point (USP)-1
Download (177KB)

Schools Lowering Their Age Range to Deliver Nursery Places

Guide to Age Range Changes for Schools and Academies-1
Download (131KB)
DfE Guidance Making prescribed alterations to maintained schools
Download (800KB)
DfE Guidance Making significant changes to an open academy
Download (407KB)

Targeted Childcare Sustainability Meeting

To support providers with business modelling and sustainability, we are offering providers and schools the opportunity to undertake an initial targeted childcare sustainability meeting. The meeting will be structured and outcome focused. To initiate a meeting providers need to complete the below pre-meeting survey and submit their current information to us. On receipt of this, we will make contact within 10 working days to arrange a targeted meeting based on the content of the submitted information. We will work through the key issues together and come up with an action plan.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/childcare_sustainability

Childcare Works

Childcare Works supports the delivery of early years and childcare for two, three and four year olds in ways in which high-quality childcare is accessible, flexible and affordable.

The Childcare Works programme offers a range of resources to support providers with business modelling and sustainability. Some of them are listed below.

Childcare Works - 10 steps work book
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Childcare Works - Workbook for PVI
Download (305KB)
Childcare Works - Workbook for schools
Download (300KB)

 There is a vast range of information available on the Childcare Works website which can be found at www.childcareworks.co.uk/

 

Pacey’s Business Smart

Pacey has launched Business Smart. Developed by childminders for childminders, funded by the Department for Education and produced in association with Lloyds Bank, Business Smart is a collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help new and existing childminders in England develop a sustainable business. https://www.pacey.org.uk/business/

 

Targeted Childcare Sustainability Meeting

To support providers with business modelling and sustainability, we are offering providers and schools the opportunity to undertake an initial targeted childcare sustainability meeting. The meeting will be structured and outcome focused. To initiate a meeting providers need to complete the below pre-meeting survey and submit their current information to us. On receipt of this, we will make contact within 10 working days to arrange a targeted meeting based on the content of the submitted information. We will work through the key issues together and come up with an action plan.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/childcare_sustainability

If you have any questions about this please don't hesitate to contact us on 01302 862129, 01302 862125 or school.organisation@doncaster.gov.uk

News and Information

 

30 Hours Updates

Information about the 30 hours free childcare can be found here Doncaster Families Information Service - Information for Professionals

 

Childcare Choices

To support parents to decide which childcare offer will best suit their family, the government’s new Childcare Choices website will provide all the information a parent needs to understand what is available to them.  For more information visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

Funding and Grants

 

Department for Education

Sources of income for early years providers

Sources of Income

 

Early Years Investment Fund

The Early Years Investment Fund (EYIF) will make grant and loan financing available to new and existing private, voluntary, independent childcare providers (PVI providers). This will support them to expand and create places for 30 hours provision.

Email: Earlyyears.FUND@education.gov.uk.

 

Childcare Business Grants 

This scheme is intended to reimburse you for the costs of setting up your childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months.

There are three types of grants available.

  1. A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  2. A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  3. A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

For more information:

Tel: 0207 444 4268

Email: childcarebusinessgrants@ecorys.com

Website: www.childcarebusinessgrants.com

 

Business Doncaster

Tel: 01302 735555

Email: info@businessdoncaster.com

Website: wearedoncaster.co.uk/business/

 

Doncaster Chamber

Tel: 01302 640100

Website: www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/ 

National Support

Department for Education

DfE Website 

Ofsted

Ofsted Website 

HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC Website 

Foundation Years

www.foundationyears.org.uk/ 

PACEY

www.pacey.org.uk/

ACAS

www.acas.org.uk/

Other Support Contacts

School Organisation Service

school.organisation@doncaster.gov.uk

 

Early Years Improvement Service

earlyyearstrainingteam@doncaster.gov.uk 

 

Early Education Funding (previously Education Returns and Collections)

earlyeducation@doncaster.gov.uk 

 

Families Information Service

fis@doncaster.gov.uk 

Last updated: 10 September 2018 10:54:17