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 the next business surgeries are advertised on the SfYC Calendar of Events page.

Discussion tool: Strategic planning to support the recovery of early years and childcare – COVID-19 pandemic

This is a tool for you to use with yourself if a childminder and childcare teams and governance leads to help you formulate your plans for reopening. At this time the government is indicating 1 June and this will be confirmed around 28 May when the Government confirm if the 5 tests they require to be achieved have been. The document is comprehensive but is not exhaustive and it will be for you to use to help you with your own thinking in how you plan for the next stage. It does not replace the government’s guidance which is what you need to read to ensure you are developing your strategy to meet the ever changing requirements. We hope you find this a helpful and useful tool at these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Being Ready For Re-opening Resources. With grateful thanks to Hopscotch Day Nurseries, Tops Day Nurseries Ltd and Orange Tree Childminding

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