Consultancy & Peer Mentoring

Childcare Business Support, Advice, Guidance and Peer Mentoring

With nearly twenty years’ experience of setting up and managing award winning childcare provisions as well as other businesses, women’s networks and the government led Enterpriser Advisor Network pilot for C&IoS, I know first-hand the variety of experiences to be had within business, leadership and management.

Both privately and on behalf of the Local Authority through consultancy and peer mentoring I have been providing advice and guidance in relation to childcare business management which includes:-

  • Leadership & management
  • Organisational re-structure
  • Developing and managing a high quality workforce
  • Marketing and communications
  • Developing partnerships with parents and multi-agencies
  • Defining quality and reflective practice
  • Managing sustainability and growth
  • Supporting settings at risk
  • And more…

Receiving peer support from someone who is experiencing the same as you on a daily basis can be invaluable, whether it be a simple phone call for advice or bespoke short or long term support. We would hope the following testimonials will encourage others not be frightened of asking for help.


“The support provided by Rachel and her team has been invaluable to us.

Whilst we have a strong background in Early Years education and school management, we were lacking in any experience of running a daycare setting, particularly with regard to the business aspects. Rachel’s expertise and experience has really helped us to address the challenges we have had to overcome, and has enabled previously inexperienced nursery leaders to develop rapidly in confidence and understanding.

It is difficult to exaggerate the progress we have made in taking our setting forward thanks to the support and guidance we have received from Rachel and her team, we are extremely grateful for the generosity she has shown in sharing her knowledge and resources. Thank you Rachel!”

Head Teacher

“I have been able to go up and visit one of Rachel’s settings, spending time there and bringing back so many ideas on how to improve and push my setting further. Both from the paper work side and the practical sense Rachel has shown me how create the best possible outcome and get the best out of my team.

When this project first started the nursery was very low, the impact and change Rachel has had on the setting is testimony as to how far we have come in such a short period of time.

Rachel is an example of what I would like to become in terms of a leader and manager and this is shown through her passion and knowledge therefore I am very grateful to have her as my mentor.”

Abbie, Day Care Manager


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