New Provider Useful Links

Useful Links

To find out if your business idea will work and how much potential it has you will need to conduct a range of market research and gather a lot of information.

The list below contains links to useful information as a starting point for your research. This list is not exhaustive and is intended as guide only and will depend on the type of childcare business you intend to set up.


For information about OFSTED Registration requirements to provide childcare and other regulatory information

Tel: 0300 123 1231

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage

For an information on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Information Commissioners office

If you intend to take photographs of children you will need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO has guidance on the restrictions that childminders and childcare providers have on taking and using photographs of children. Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website

Milton Keynes Council

Tel: 01908 691691 (General)

Tel: 01908 252358 (Planning)

Milton Keynes Childcare and Early Years Website

Our Early Years Website contains information on a wide range of information including – Childcare Sufficiency Assessment, Funding, Early Years Latest News, Business Support, Workforce Training and Children and Families Information.

Time for Twos Threes and Fours

This document is your guide to the standards for offering early learning for eligible two, three and four year olds. 

Time for Twos Threes and Fours Provider Guidance (PDF, 379KB)

Mki Observatory

The Milton Keynes intelligence Observatory is a one-stop-shop for information related to the growth of Milton Keynes and the surrounding area...

  • Provide a reliable source of information across all topic areas for Milton Keynes and the sub region.
  • Provide access to local, regional and national information and comparators in one place.
  • Provide simple data analysis which will allow local data to be compared to national, allow data to be aggregated or to allow datasets to be seen together e.g. ward indicators.
  • Allow users to map information and use data and maps in their own documents.

Milton Keynes Community Properties Directory

Information regarding Milton Keynes Council owned community centres and meeting places

Tel: 01908 253154 

Milton Keynes Childcare Information

Information on local childcare, early education and the support services for children and parents

Tel: 01908 253918 or look on the Children and Families Information Search website.

Last Updated: 30 November 2017