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The government will fund a further 2 million extension for the existing Childcare Business Grant scheme to cover 2015-16.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan has announced an extension to the childcare business grants scheme. The value of the grants will be doubled, and extended to existing childcare businesses that have been trading for under a year.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan said: "Working families benefit from a thriving childcare sector, with the scheme supporting up to 3,000 new childcare businesses in the next financial year. I am pleased to inform the House that, from this April, we are doubling the value of the grants available to childminders and nurseries. We will also extend the scheme to existing childcare businesses that have been trading for under one year."

NB: The Childcare Business Grants Scheme claim award will increase with effect from the 1st April 2015 - Claims approved for payment on or after the 1st April 2015 will be paid at the new rate

NB: Application will be accepted for new business and new businesses who are operating within the 1st 12 months since the receipt of their Ofsted or CMA certificate.

NB: If you have previously applied for and been in receipt of a Childcare Business Grant you are not eligible to apply again.


The Childcare Grant Scheme can accept registration certificates from either Ofsted or a childminder agency.

Are you a New Childcare Business and registered with a childminder agency? If so you can apply for a "Childcare Business Grant"

  • From 1st September, newly established childminder agencies" are able to register child minders, as an alternative to childminders registering with Ofsted
  • Childminder agencies can provide a "one-stop-shop" for childminders, helping them with training, business support and advice. They can also provide a matching service for parents who want to find a high quality childminder.
  • Only when an agency is itself registered with Ofsted will it be able to register childminders.

Childcare Business picture of childrenGrants Scheme

The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant of:

• £500 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day);

• £1000 for new childminding businesses, as above, 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);

• £1000 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

NOTE: THESE GRANTS ARE TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW CHILDCARE BUSINESSES.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN RUNNING A CHILDCARE BUSINESS OF ANY SORT FOR LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT, EVEN IF YOU INTEND TO USE THE GRANT TO START A NEW NURSERY ON NEW PREMISES.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SCHOOLS, EITHER INDEPENDENT, PRIVATE OR PUBLIC WHO ARE PLANNING TO START AN AFTER SCHOOL CLUB, BREAKFAST CLUB, OR OTHER CHILD CARE FACILITY ON SCHOOL PREMISES AND RUN BY THE SCHOOL ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT

We will only accept applications from claimants who can demonstrate their intent to start a new childcare business.

 

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