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Business Planning - The new services; Premises; People and resources

The New Services  Give a summary here of the new services you want to develop. You've already set out the need for the services and said how you will promote and market them, so by now your reader should be eager to find out more.…

Business Planning - Managing risk

It's a good idea to include a risk assessment either in your business plan or as an appendix. A risk assessment simply sets out how you will deal with things that might go wrong. For example, if you want to offer services for children aged…

Business Planning - Finance

This part of your business plan is one of the most important - many lenders and grant-givers will read the executive summary and then turn straight to the finances. They know all too well that any organisation whose figures don't add up is destined to…

Business Planning - Appendices

An appendix is simply a document, attached to a business plan, which offers additional, more detailed information to that given in the body of the plan. Be careful, though, how many appendices you attach to your plan. Too few will leave the reader with unanswered…

Business Planning - Promotion and Publicity

A question for you: how are you going to get people to purchase, or to sign up for, what you're offering? Whether you're a private or voluntary provider, you'll have a certain set of customers you want to attract, and you need to set out…

Starting a pre-school

The Pre-school Learning Alliance website contains lots of useful information on setting up a pre-school. Their latest guidance is available to download.

Benefits of out of school childcare

Out of school play-care benefits not only children and parents, but also many others.  The benefits are: Children Offers a variety of positive opportunities for children to play in a child centred club A chance to develop new skills and access learning opportunities A chance…

Checklist for starting an out of school club

The main steps involved in setting up out of school provision are: Survey the need e.g. through questionnaire issued to local schools etc. Investigate local provision Make contact with relevant groups e.g. local childcare organisations etc. Design the club (Who? What? Where? And when?) Talk to…

Managing your out of school club

There are a few different ways in which your club can be managed; these include voluntary organisation, registered charity, user group co-operative, worker co-operative, community business or private business, sole trader, partnership or limited company. Employers or the local authority can also run clubs. These…

What to expect from good out of school provision

Trained staff All staff will have ongoing relevant training and Play Leaders will have or be working towards an NVQ level 3 in Playwork or equivalent. Child-centred activities Activities will be based around children's interests. Their views will be valued. Diversity of resources and activities…

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