The Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme is now open

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Dec 15 2023

Outlined below is an update from the DfE. Please also see attached:

Eligibility criteria DfE Childminder startup grants

Eligibility criteria DfE Childminder startup grants Frequently Asked Questions FAQs _ DfE Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme

Applicant guidance _ DfE Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme

Application process DfE Childminer Startup Grant


Dear Colleagues,

 Launch of start-up grants for childminders

The Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme is now open for applications at the above link. The Scheme will support new childminders by providing them with grant funding, worth £7.2m over the next two financial years, helping childminders with the cost of setting up their own businesses.

The Childminder Start-up Grants Scheme will be available to all new childminders who have completed their registration on or after 15th March 2023. Individuals who have previously been registered as childminders and wish to re-register into the sector may also apply for the scheme. There must be at least a 12-month gap between the date of their previous registration being cancelled and their new registration being finalised.

As previously announced, we will offer £600 to new childminders registering with Ofsted, and £1200 to new childminders registering with a childminder agency. £1200 grants will be paid in two instalments, with a 6-month limit on claiming the second instalment. Childminders must apply for the grant within two months of registering as a childminder, or within two months of the Scheme launching.

Our grants scheme is administered by our delivery partner, Ecorys. The application website is hosted by AIMS. For ease of access, we have attached the key guidance documents which are also available on the AIMS website once childminders have set up an account.

We’d be grateful if you could circulate this information to your wider networks.

Kind regards

The Early Years Entitlements Team
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