How to set up a childcare business

How to set up and operate school run childcare

With an overall increase in demand for childcare services due to new housing, the introduction of funded 2 year old places for eligible children and 30 hours funded places for eligible 3 and 4 year olds and in some cases the impact of rural areas, many schools are now considering developing childcare services on site. These include, but are not limited to preschool, full day care nursery, before/after school clubs and holiday provisions for all ages of children.

School sites give an accessible location to services within their community with child friendly, secure premises.  Some schools may be approached and be required to consider parents and childcare providers right to request that care be offered on the school – for more information on responding to requests please see the link Wraparound and holiday childcare: responding to requests on this page.

Several options are available for schools to consider when looking at what type and level of childcare could be delivered from the site. The WCC Childcare Provision on School sites guidance includes the wider business considerations that must be reviewed by school leadership teams before decisions are made around childcare services. Please see the download links on this page to download the guidance.