The Government introduced the new Childcare Business Grants Scheme in April 2013 to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. The aim is to encourage and support new childcare businesses by providing flat rate start-up grants of £250-£500.
The money is to help cover the costs of things like training, equipment, insurance, and adaptations to premises and is helping to get over 1,000 new start-ups off the ground and get more mothers back into the workplace. As part of the scheme, fledgling businesses can also team up with a free business mentor so they can access specially-tailored business start-up advice.
Rachel Patchett received a grant in May and is now running her own child minding business at RAF Leeming. She said: “I wanted a new career which had more flexible hours, meaning I could spend more time with my children, and one which I could take with me’ when we have to move with my husband’s job.
“The grant helped cover the cost of things including OFSTED fees, my CRB check, and basic training – 1st aid and food hygiene, as well as professional membership and insurance. This meant I could then invest my own money in other things like equipment and toys. I would recommend the scheme to as many people as possible.”