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Childminding Start-Up Grants

Updated by on August 13, 2012No Comments

Childminding business start up grants are designed to help childminders get their business up and running by helping with the costs of registration and essential equipment. The amount of grant and the eligibility criteria varies between area, and in some areas there is no grant available at all.

Who is eligible for a grant?

Grants are more likely to be available in areas where there is a shortage of childcare provision and/or areas of deprivation. These areas may be defined by the grant criteria or you may be asked to provide evidence of a shortage of places in your area as part of your application.

Grants are aimed at new childminders so in most cases you can not apply for a grant if you have already completed your registration or have previous been registered as a childminder and received a grant.

How much is a startup grant?

The level of grant varies widely between areas, it may be as much as £500 but in most cases it is £100-200. In some areas no grant is available.

What can you use the grant towards?

Depending on the grant’s criteria you may need to use the money for a specific purpose such as safety equipment or membership of a professional body, or you may be free to use the grant for any general start up costs such as toys and equipment, training, reference books or business supplies.

You may need to specify what you plan to spend the grant on when you apply and in most cases you will be required to provide receipts showing what you have spent the grant on. It is important you check carefully what is permitted when you apply so you do not have to return money.

When will I receive the money?

In general you apply for the grant as part of the registration process and you will be paid the grant after you successfully pass the registration requirements. In some cases you may be asked to provide receipts in advance and the grant will be used to reimburse you.

If you stop childminding within a set period of receiving the grant (usually six months or one year) you may be asked to repay the money you received.

Where can I get more information?

You should be given information on available grants when you attend a pre-registration information session. You can also ask your local authority or local childminding association what grants are available in your area.

Where else can I get Funding for Starting a Childminding Business?


Childminding start up grants are specifically created to encourage more childminders to set up businesses, but there may be other more general business start up grants available in your area. To find out more try contacting the body for business start ups/business advice in your area such as:

  • Business Gateway in Scotland
  • Business Link in England
  • Business Support Wales
  • Invest Northern Ireland

If you are on benefits there may be financial support to help you get back to work and start a childminding career. For more information speak to your local Job Centre.

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