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. £500 is available to individuals setting up as an early years childminder; £1,000 for setting up as an early years childminder agency; and £1,000 for early years childminders for disabled children.
Applications can be submitted at any time until the 31st March 2018 or sooner if all the funds have been exhausted.