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Information for childcare professionals working in Kingston and Richmond

Current business support news and opportunities

As business owners and managers, Early Years Providers should use business tools and resources available to them to develop business plans, sound financial and people management and market research and marketing strategies to ensure the continued sustainability and development of their organisation.  This page provides owners, committees, self-employed and managers with signposting and guidance to assist their own sourced information and resources, you will find:


Section 1 (this page) : Current Business Support news and opportunities

Section 2: National information, advice and guidance

Section 3: Regional and Local information, advice and guidance

Section 4: Early Education Funding Sustainability 


Current business support news and opportunities 

In this section we bring providers timely information on specific information, resources and professional development/training opportunities.   Any inclusion is not a direct recommendation and the list is not exhaustive - providers should always endeavour to source business and funding opportunities themselves. Information was correct at dates shown.  


Covid business updates

05/08/20 - The Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has released information and guidance (opens a new window) following investigation into Childcare sector contractual agreements during the Covid lockdown period. 

07/08/20 - ‘Job Retention Bonus paper’ published 31/07/20’ - Government announces payments for Employers where employees brought back from furlough remained employment at January 21 - see full details here:

Job Retention Bonus - GOV.UK (opens a new window)

17/08/20 Childminders - The government has launched the second opportunity to claim the COVID support grant for the self-employed. For full details of eligibility and how to claim - (opens a new window)



Upcoming training and information sessions dates

05/08/20 - Online Provider Portal training sessions for those claiming Early Education Funding  - click on dates below for details and to book places:

Tuesday 8th September 2pm to 4pm (opens a new window)

Wednesday 9th September 6.30pm to 8.30pm (opens a new window)

Monday 14th September 2pm to 4pm (opens a new window)