Business development and financial planning | Oxfordshire County Council

Business development and financial planning

Business planning is essential for all early years and childcare providers.

It is important to ensure your setting meets families’ needs.  Remember that the children using your club will change quite regularly.  There are also outside influences or factors that could impact on your club.

We have produced a number of tools to help make your business planning simple. We also have pointers to other useful resources.

Development Planning Guide, including a CD-ROM to help complete your financial planning in steps:

Other resources

Business Success for Childcare Training Programme

This training programme has now finished, but the very helpful workbooks produced for the programme are still available.

Guides available to assist group provisions: Team Steps to Success

The 'Team Steps to Success' series consists of a foundation module and four guides. The techniques and practical planning ideas found in the planning foundation module can be applied to the concepts contained in the four guides that cover the business fundamentals, to improve the success and sustainability of your childcare setting.

Wish You Were Here!

4Children has published a practical guide to setting up holiday childcare. This was developed with three local authorities: Coventry, Cornwall and Oxfordshire. The guide Wish you were here! takes you step by step through the process – from consultation, registration and budget planning to success factors and sample timelines to help you stay on track. The guide also includes a range of useful case studies and frequently asked questions.

Last reviewed
19 September 2017
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