Nursery business support: Early Years Business Zone

Free online nursery business support toolkit to help you sustain a healthy childcare business.


Early Years Business Zone logoThe Early Years Business Zone is a FREE online nursery and childcare business support toolkit - created by NDNA and the Department for Education - to help you sustain a healthy childcare business, developed by the sector, for the sector.

The toolkit includes three tools; Business Appraisal, Financial Management and Staff Cost Calculator and a range of downloadable resources. 

The Early Years Business Zone is free to sign up to and the tools and resources, free to use.  Register here
We're running a series of FREE online and offline workshops in using the Early Years Business Zone tools. Register here

Business Appraisal Tool


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

Access it here

Financial Management Tool


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

Access it here

Staff Cost Calculator 


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Calculate staff ratios, explore different staffing possibilities and generate your occupancy rates at the touch of a button.

Access it here

"The Financial Management Tool has been extremely helpful in many areas including budgeting, occupancy and staffing." - Mary Darlington, Manager, The Ark Association