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Applications open for the childminder start-up grant scheme

On 30 November 2023, the childminder start-up grant scheme opened for applications. The scheme supports new childminders by providing them with grant funding worth up to £7.2million over the next two financial years, helping with the cost of setting up their own businesses.  

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

The grant provides £600 to new childminders registering with Ofsted, and £1,200 to new childminders registering with a childminder agency

You can only receive one childminder start-up grant.

When to apply
  • If you registered between:
    • 15 March and 31 July 2023, you must apply by 31 January 2024
    • 1 August and 31 December 2023, you must apply by 29 February 2024
  • If you register between 1 January 2024 and 31 March 2025, you must apply within two months of your registration date.

Childminders must apply for the grant within two months of registering as a childminder, or within two months of the scheme launching.

Please note:

This grant is for new childminders only. If you registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency before 15 March 2023 and you are still registered, you’re not eligible.

Nannies and nurseries are not eligible for a grant.