Childcare Business Grants

The Department for Education has confirmed that the Childcare Business Grant will continue with new terms and conditions below, effective from 4 April 2018. Newly registered childminders in England may be eligible for a grant of up to £1000 to help meet the cost of starting their childminding business. 

Who is eligible?

  • The grant is available to childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and childminder agencies operating in England.
  • You must be registered with Ofsted or a CMA on the Early years Register. 
  • You must be planning to offer the 30 hours funded childcare entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds yourself, or in partnership if you are a childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises.
  • Funding is not available to anyone who has claimed the grant previously, unless you are now applying as a childminding agency.

How much is it?

  • Grants of £300 available for applicants who are a newly registered Childminder or Childcare Provider on Domestic Premises in all areas of England.
  • A locality supplement of £200 on top of the universal award providing a total grant of £500, will be available for applicants who are a newly registered Childminder or Childcare Provider on Domestic Premises and operate in listed target local authorities.
  • £1000 for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises planning to care for children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  • £1000 for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

You can only apply for ONE grant.

What can I spend the money on?

How to apply

  • You will need a copy of your Ofsted certificate in order to apply.
  • Be a new business, you must apply within three months of your registration.
  • You need to be registered by Ofsted on the Early Years register.

Audits

  • You may be selected for a post-payment audit if you claim £500. If you claim £1000 you will be audited.
  • You will be notified of your audit within 12 months of your grant payment.
  • Keep all your receipts for at least 12 months after the grant.

Read and download FAQs on the Business Grant changes from Department for Education. 

Apply at www.childcarebusinessgrants.com/