Government plans to offer a start-up grant of up to £500 for new
childcare businesses have been met with a mixed reception.
The new Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been introduced by
the Government Equalities Office to boost the provision of
childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship.
It is hoped to encourage and support the starting up of new
childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant
- £250 for new childminding businesses setting up in
- £500 for new childminding businesses that will provide care for
disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they
have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business
as a result of this)
- £500 for new nurseries, out of school clubs and childcare on
domestic premises setting up in England.
The scheme is only open to those starting
new childcare businesses – it’s not for people who are
already working as childminders or running nurseries.
Applicants need to have been in touch with their local authority
before they apply – that should be their first port of call. If
their application is approved, they’ll have six months to get
registered with Ofsted, which triggers their grant. Applicants will
also be expected to
get themselves a mentor to support them.
Some sector leaders, however, have expressed concern at the
administration of the grant, which was first announced in
November last year by Maria Miller MP.
Find out more about the Childcare
Business Grants scheme, and how to apply. The scheme helpline
is 0844 264 2546.
* childminders are those who are looking after one or more
children under the age of 8 years, to whom they are not related, on
domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than two
hours in any day.