This section provides information on starting a Daycare Business and the Pathway to Registration.


Starting a Daycare business may be a long term goal, a new interest or the next stage of your early years career. Even if you have Daycare experience, starting up a business can still be daunting. It requires dedication, determination and strong will. Before you begin you need to make sure you are fully aware of what opening a Daycare business entails and what the legal requirements are for the type of business you plan to open.

Before you decide to embark on starting a Daycare business it is recommended you follow the Pathways to Registration document and complete the Starting a Daycare Business Checklist,  Using these processes, information and links will help you understand the process to, and requirements of, registering your childcare service and launching a successful business. You can also find valuable information in our Business Resource Toolkit.

The document Key areas to consider when starting a Daycare business will give you a good overview of particular points to note to support you with the above processes.

Ready to go?

Once you have considered all the information on this page and its associated links and you have covered all areas on the Starting a Daycare Business Checklist, please contact the local authority. You will be appointed a Childcare Support Worker who will provide you with the advice, support and guidance you require to help you ensure your business is ready for your OFSTED registration. You can contact the Early Years Team on 0115 87 64544 and your call will be directed appropriately. Also contact the Families Information Service on 0800 4584114, who will log your enquiry