Early Years Business Zone logoEarly Years Business Zone

Free online toolkit to help nursery businesses like yours

NDNA supported by the Department for Education has launched the Early Years Business Zone to provide FREE online tools, advice and industry expertise to help you sustain a healthy childcare business, developed by the sector for the sector. 

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Business appraisal tool

A diagnostic that will identify potential areas of improvement and provide bespoke recommendations to support sustainability. 

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Financial Management Tool

Review cost control, budgets and forecasts to help optimise income generation and identify potential cost savings.

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"The Financial Management Tool has been extremely helpful in many areas including budgeting, occupancy and staffing."

- Mary Darlington, Manager, The Ark Association


  • Sign up for free to access the tools here
  • Read case studies of Early Years Business Zone users here
  • Follow us on our social media channels; Facebook and Twitter
  • Email the team on eybz@ndna.org.uk

Staff cost calculator 

Foundations' Staff Cost Calculator will help you to make the best decisions for you and your business. Calculate staff ratios, explore different staffing possibilities and generate your occupancy rates at the touch of a button.

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Additional support

  • Management and organisation resources
  • Market research resources
  • Business and financial planning support
  • Funding and fundraising resources
  • Financial management resources
  • Premises, employment, recruitment and registration resources
  • Quality assurance resources
  • Marketing resources.

Access them here