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Government Relaunches Childcare Business Grants


Newly registered childminders in England can now apply for grants of £500 or £1000 to assist with the setting-up of their businesses. 

This widely held Business Grants scheme has been relaunched after being revised and updated, providing grants to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencies, to help increase the provision of childcare in England and to encourage private and free enterprise.

Relaunched by the Department of Education, the scheme looks to boost and support the starting up of new childcare businesses, with all costs experienced for the set-up of a business being considered as eligible.

There are three types of grants available:

  • £500 for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  • £1,000 for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability
  • £1,000 for a Childminder Agency

The Professional for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) advise that many childminders have already been helped from the grant funding and have used it to kick start their business; as an example the grant can be used to purchase PACEY membership and insurance, resources, equipment, training and other items to help them set up their childminding businesses.

The deadline for this scheme is 31st March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted

For more information, and how to apply, visit the Childcare website.


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