The Department for Education is making grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to help with the costs of setting up a childminder business or agency in England.
The funding is available to applicants that are registered with Ofsted (for three months or less) or a childminder agency; have an early year’s registration certificate; and are going to offer the 30 hours of childcare entitlement for 3 and 4-year olds.
The level of funding depends on the type of business being set up:
- A £500 grant for an early year’s childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
- A £1,000 grant for an early year’s childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
- A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).
Applications can be submitted at any time until the 31st March 2018 or sooner if all the funds have been exhausted.