The scheme offering grants of up to £500 to people in England who want to start their own childcare business has been extended until 31 December 2014.
The childcare business grant has distributed £1 million to new childcare businesses - and there is still more money for worthy causes.
The Childcare Business Grant Scheme is available to support self-employed people who want to set up their own childcare business and provides help with costs such as training, equipment and adapting premises. The scheme today hits a milestone with £1 million paid out, with a further £1 million still available.
Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities said:
"The childcare business grant is a key part of our long-term economic plan. It has already benefited thousands of people, from nursery owners and childminders to the children of parents who use them.
We know that it can be tough setting up your own business. This money is a helping hand for people who care about children and want to work looking after them.
It will also encourage the creation of more childcare places, a key part of our plan to help parents who want to get back to work after having children."
To celebrate the milestone, Children's Minister Sam Gyimah today visited the Brown Bears Nursery in Tottenham, which owner Cheryl Brown opened up after accessing a grant.
Children's Minister Sam Gyimah said:
"We know that parents want good-quality, affordable and available childcare. The childcare business grant encourages the creation of more places, helping mothers get back to work.
This money is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to set up their own business to look after children. If you are thinking about taking the first steps towards becoming a childminder or nursery owner then I encourage you to apply."
The grants offer £500 for those looking to start nurseries or look after disabled children, and £250 prospective childminders. So far, more than 4,500 grants have been paid out.
As part of the Childcare Business Grant Scheme, new childcare businesses are also being encouraged to team up with a free mentor so they can access free and specially-tailored start-up advice.
Childcare Business Grants
The new Childcare 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
• £250 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);
• £500 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);
• £500 for new nursery, out of school club, or
childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.
GRANTS ARE TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW CHILDCARE
IF YOU ARE
ALREADY RUNNING A CHILDCARE BUSINESS OF ANY SORT, 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.