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Childcare Business Grants

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Childcare business grants are there to offer support to new childcare businesses. For many parents the decision on where and when to return to work can be a complicated one. Starting a childminding business can offer you the best of both worlds: the ability to earn your own money while still being around for your own children. The Government has recently announced funding for new childcare businesses. Who’s eligible for this money and how do you start a childminding service?

Childcare Business Grants Scheme

This new scheme is designed to encourage more people to set up their own business and increase the amount of childcare available. The £2 million fund will run until March 2014 or once the budget has been allocated. Therefore, it’s important to apply soon if you’re considering starting a childminding business. The grants are available for new childcare businesses, not existing services or those that are looking to expand.

For those starting a childminding business from their own home, where you’re paid to look after one or more children under the age of 8 who aren’t related for more than 2 hours in a day, you can receive a one off grant of £250. This will increase to £500 if the provision is for disabled children and you can prove that additional expenses have been incurred to facilitate this. If you’re considering setting up a new nursery or out of school club or a larger childcare service on domestic premises then you can also qualify for a grant of £500.

This money is designed to help with the costs associated with qualifying and registering as a childminder. These expenses could include training courses, Disclosure and Barring Service checks, health check, insurance premiums, Ofsted registration and equipment.  It’s important that you keep any relevant receipts in case they require additional proof.

How to start a childminding business

If becoming a childminder is a career you’re interested in, then it’s important that you understand exactly what’s involved before you start the process. Firstly speak with your local authority who’ll be able to advise you on local training courses and demand in the area. They also run a pre-registration briefing that you need to attend. This will explain exactly what becoming a childminder entails and how to qualify.

New Childcare Business Grant

All childminders need to complete a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Training certificate and undertake an introductory course in childcare practice. Many local authorities recommend the PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) CYPOP5 Understanding how to set up a home-based childcare service course.

All adults over the age of 16 that live in the house will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check. This replaces the CRB checks. Before your registration is finalised you’ll need to have had a health check and received a declaration from your doctor to say that you’re physical and mentally capable of the demands of being a childminder. It’s important to check that your home and car insurance is sufficient for a childminding business and you’ll need to have Public Liability Insurance.

The final step to becoming a childminder is to register with Ofsted. The application forms can be completed online and the process should take less than 12 weeks. They’ll carry out an inspection to check your identity and premises, as well as assess your suitability. Once you’re up and running there’ll be a further inspection within 7 months and then checks every 3 to 4 years. When you’ve received your Ofsted registration you’ll be able to start accepting children.

 

For further information on the Childcare Business Grants Scheme visit http://www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms.gov.uk/

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About Catherine Stern

Catherine Stern is a freelance writer with a background in marketing and PR. She currently writes web content on a range of subjects, from finance and business to travel and home improvements. As a working single mum of two young boys she understands the pressures that today’s working parents face and the topics they want to read about.

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