£2 Million Grant Scheme to Boost Childcare Launched (England)


The Government has re-announced that a new grant scheme is available for people who want to set up a new nursery or a child minding business. 

The scheme is designed to get more women into work and help drive economic growth by offering grants of up to £500 to help cover things like legal and insurance costs, training, equipment, and adapting premises. Applicants will also be encouraged to join up with a free business mentor and get specially-tailored business start-up advice, to help launch up to 6,000 new childcare businesses start-ups. The grants available include:

  • £250 for new childminding businesses setting up in England
  • £500 for new childminding businesses that will provide care for disabled children
  • £500 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

The scheme has been funded for one year with a fixed budget of £2 million. Should the funding be over-subscribed before March 2014 the scheme will terminate at the point where the scheme funds have been exhausted.

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