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Setting up a childcare business

What is Entrust?

Entrust are the education partner of Staffordshire County Council. They provide a whole range of advice from setting up childcare to business support, Special Educational Needs (SENIS) and training for early years providers such as schools, nurseries, preschools and childminders.

Below you will find some key information on the types of support available via Entrust as well applying for funded childcare places, SENIS support and free advertising on our website Staffordshire Connects.

Contact Entrust

Phone: 0333 300 1900

Email: Entrust enquiries

Website: Entrust website (go to Services tab then Early Years Services)

Thinking about becoming a childminder and where to start

Interested in becoming an Ofsted registered childminder in Staffordshire? If so Entrust have created a useful guide which provides information about the costs, expectations and training that is involved, and questions to ask yourself before embarking on the journey to become a childminder.

Please read through the guide and if you are interested in proceeding with registration you should contact Entrust who you can help on your pathway.

Instead of contacting Entrust and registering with Ofsted, prospective childminders could register with an agency instead.

Setting up a nursery, preschool, wraparound - support required and business advice

This guide produced by Entrust gives information about legal obligations, expectations and training that is involved before embarking on the journey to become a provider of quality childcare. The guide is suitable for people working in the private, voluntary and independent sector.

The Entrust Early Years Business Team can also advise you on the business aspects of childcare provision. Specifically looking at areas where childcare is needed.

Local data and local sufficiency information is available for prospective providers to review.

Early Years training and qualifications

Entrust can support you and your staff to remain up-to-date with the latest information on continuing professional development and qualifications that could help your childcare business to achieve the highest quality and outcomes.

See more information on:

Staffordshire leaders' and managers' network meetings

Networking with like-minded professionals can be very supportive as you are able to discuss topics and share information. The sessions are held on a termly basis and are normally located in an early years setting in each district.

The sessions are facilitated by a lead practitioner from an early years setting and an Entrust Early Years Quality Support Consultant is available to provide a sector update. Contact them for further details.

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Service (SENIS)

The SENIS team will help support settings, your staff and pupils to overcome barriers to learning. From those who need to ‘catch up’, to those who have complex profiles. Entrust look to improve outcomes by providing expert support, advice and guidance. Email SENIS or call 0333 300 1900

Applying for Early Education Funding (EEF)

If childcare providers want to offer funded childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, providers can download the relevant forms to complete.

Free advertising for your childcare business

Your business can get free online advertising through the Staffordshire Connects website.

This is a very popular site used by parents looking for childcare. Through this site you can register free of charge to gain access to an account for your childcare record already provided to us by Ofsted.

This will enable you to make changes to your record such as:

  • vacancies
  • costs
  • opening hours
  • school drop off / pick up
  • facilities
  • inclusion

It is an easy process to register.

Once registered providers can log into their account and will be able to update vacancies, opening hours, childcare costs and much more.

If you wish to update your address, public listed telephone number or email addresses you will need to contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.

Further information

For further information on registering please contact us:
Email: EEAC

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