Business support

Services for Young Children (SfYC) business support service

All registered nurseries, pre-schools and out of school clubs in Hampshire have access to the business support service. We can advise on issues such as sustainability, business expansion, help with funding headcount forms, or discussion around your Improvement Support Programme (ISP) level of support. SfYC runs regular surgeries for you to meet us and get the help you need.

Details of business support surgeries in your area

Starting out

We can help if you are thinking about setting up a new childcare business.

Planning and running your business


Resources for recruiting staff and handling employment issues.

Support with recruitment


Employing an apprentice and duties as an employer.

Employing an apprentice

Workplace pensions

Employers must provide, and contribute to, a workplace pension scheme for employees.

Help with workplace pensions


If you are self-employed, you are responsible for your own tax returns. HM Revenue and Customs have online support and guides to help self-employed people with this task.

Help with tax returns

Cash flow

Maintaining financial records and managing budgets may seem daunting but they are an important part of running a successful business. We have a guide and template spreadsheets to help you.

Cash flow resources

Community and voluntary providers

All new committee members need to complete a DBS check and Ofsted EY2 form. Once the checks have been done details need to be submitted to the Charity Commission.

Resources for community and voluntary providers

Tax-free childcare

Tax-free childcare is a government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare. Parents can open an account to pay a registered childcare provider.

Tax-free childcare resources

Sources of Income

Income can be provided from Early Years Education funding and other sources.

Early Years Education funding