Starting a new nursery - Settings


Becoming a childcare provider

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up (Early Years Foundation Stage 2017). 

Some parents feel their child’s needs are best met by attending a provision that is based in a preschool or nursery setting. A preschool or nursery provides high quality childcare through planning Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) play based activities and experiences that inspire, stimulate and develop children’s individual learning and interests.  Through offering these experiences and planned observations of the child, this will support the child’s physical, emotional, language and mathematical development.  Furthermore, working closely alongside the parents, settings can provide bespoke childcare.

Before you start

Providers must register with Ofsted.

Providers must meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.  

The EYFS document will ensure you meet the necessary requirements.

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How to register with Ofsted

In order to become a childcare provider you will need to be registered with Ofsted.  Information about registering as a childcare provider can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Information is provided on the Childcare Registers if you are caring from children from birth to 31 August after their fifth birthday.


Early Years enquiries

For early years enquiries please contact 01908 254509 or email:


You may be interested in:-

Purchasing Early Years Support

As part of the traded offer you can purchase Early Years support at a cost of £120 per two hours.  This could cover for example, preparing for the Ofsted registration visit, EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements or how to implement the EYFS. This service is available to all prospective settings and childminders.

For further information please email:

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Education, Sufficiency & Access Team

The Education, Sufficiency and access team may be able to provide guidance on the number of children that could potentially take up a nursery place in the area you are considering opening a new early years provision in.

The Forward View document reviews the sufficiency of early education and childcare provision throughout Milton Keynes. It also sets out the local authority’s main legal duties and powers in relation to the market. It is designed to enable the local authority to assess the volume and location of available places and identify areas with a shortfall in childcare provision. This document is freely available to stakeholders upon request.

As a result of major housing growth and the composition of Milton Keynes, the document highlights projected shortfalls of early education provision in a number of areas across the borough. The document is intended to aid providers in mapping demand in Milton Keynes and subsequently stimulate the market growth required to ensure sufficient places are available.

Early Years Forward View

For further information contact:-

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Disclaimer: Milton Keynes council accepts no responsibility for the actual content of any materials suggested as information sources in this publication, whether these are in the form of printed publications or on a website. Their use should not be interpreted as an endorsement of particular companies or their products. 

The websites referred to in these materials existed at the time of going to print. Please check all website references carefully to see if they have changed and substitute other references where appropriate. Also, check all signposted training (whether MKC or independent) meets the needs of your setting.

Last Updated: 26 February 2021