The introduction of the 30 hours extended entitlement has meant that every Early Years provider is having to look closely at their delivery model and make changes in order to deliver sustainably. In an environment where they face static levels of funding alongside increasing costs, the challenges that they are facing this year will become even more pronounced in the coming years.
In some cases providers lack the business skills to be able to identify the ways in which they need to adapt, and lack change management skills that enable them to transform the way they currently operate. This is leading to providers opting not to deliver the 30 hours service or to restrict significantly the number of being unable to find a suitable place for their child.
The one day workshop programme covers the following:
- The importance of business planning to support your ability to react positively to changes
in Government policy
- A business planning model to help you to think about the practical implications of offering the 30 hours
- Researching your customers’ needs and wants
- Describing your differentiators to working parents
- Cost effective marketing methods including social media
- How to undertake financial forecasting and modelling so that you are better able to understand the
financial implications of offering the 30 hours provision
- Steps to improve financial management
The workshop is suitable for groups including PVI settings, nurseries and schools (with a separate shorter workshop for childminders).
Feedback from Nicola Fletcher at Bracknell Forest Council was “Thank you for a further successful delivery of the
business skills training for our providers. The feedback received was extremely positive and I know the individual
providers gained confidence and knowledge they can take away with them and apply to their childcare businesses.”
Comments from providers who attended the workshop included:
“I don’t feel now as though we are swimming through custard! I know what we have to do and can work out how to do it back at base.”
“I would 100% recommend it to everyone (even those not offering 30 hours) – I will make my first ever business plan (after 16 years).”
“I might have a few less sleepless nights now I’ve got a better idea of what I am doing.”
“I was apprehensive at the start of the course, by the end I was empowered to make changes!”
My fees for the delivery of the workshop are £800.00 plus travel expenses. Other LAs have also provided each workshop participant with a copy of my book Building Your Early Years Business Where this is the case, I can supply copies of the book for £14.00 plus delivery, or make copies available during the workshop for provider to buy at this discounted rate.
If you are applying for the DfE Delivery Support Fund (DSF) to support the development of additional 30 hours places and require any further information to support your application please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07770 477688.