University of Oxford

Strategic future planning for the childcare provision at the University

Delivery included:
Financial planning, quality assessment and strategic review

We contacted Smartpractice as we were looking for expert advice regarding the strategic future of our Childcare provision. Annie and Ros came to visit us to talk through our requirements, they were very thorough, knowledgeable and great fun to work with. We feel we have formed a strong partnership with Smartpractice, who have now helped us on a couple of projects and I know that we can and will go to them again should we require their support in the future. Their knowledge of the childcare industry is second to none and I would highly recommend their services. They offer a wide range of packages that will support in the short or long-term , are trustworthy, discrete and have provided us with exactly what we were looking for. We received an excellent services, for which, I express our sincere thanks.

Jo Mason

-Head of Childcare Services


Design and opening of a 200 place nursery for next Plc Head Office. next Steps nursery was awarded 'Outstanding' in all areas at their first Ofsted inspection.

Delivery included:
Support with design, build, financial planning, focus groups, supplying documentation for nursery administration, recruitment and staff training.

“Right from the beginning of our major project to design, build, kit out and staff a 200 place nursery for the sole use of our Head Office employees children, Ros and Annie from Smartpractice stood head and shoulders above other consultancies as having a really practical, hands on approach to getting it right.

They were involved in every stage of the project from the development of detailed designs with the architects, thus creating a perfect nursery layout right through to ensuring our staff were of the highest calibre and ready for the grand opening. More importantly they have been instrumental in helping to develop operational and managerial procedures which will keep the nursery operating at the highest of standards expected by Ofsted and our parents for their little ones.

Thank you both and here’s to a long and sustained partnership.”

Andy Latham, Nursery project manager

-next Plc