Childcare Business Grants Scheme

Status: Open to applications   


The government wants to encourage more good quality, affordable and reliable childcare to give working families more childcare provision choices. This scheme will also help entrepreneurs to start up and run their own businesses.


Maximum Value: £500


Extended Description

These grants are to support the establishment of new childcare businesses.

If you are already running a childcare business of any sort, you are not eligible for a grant, even if you intend to use the grant to start a new nursery on new premises.

Please be aware that schools, either independent, private or public who are planning to start an after school club, breakfast club, or other child care facility on school premises and run by the school are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Latest Information:

The scheme offering grants to people in England who want to start their own childcare business has been extended until 31 December 2014.

Key Criteria

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been created to boost the provision of childcare in England. If you are intending to set up a new childcare business you can apply to the scheme to:

  • get a small grant to help you with the costs of getting trained and registered
  • access a business mentor, to support and advise you as you start your business
  • access business advice tailored to the childcare sector

The childcare business grant has distributed £1 million to new childcare businesses - and there is still more money for worthy causes.

The Childcare Business Grant Scheme is available to support self-employed people who want to set up their own childcare business and provides help with costs such as training, equipment and adapting premises.

The grants offer £500 for those looking to start nurseries or look after disabled children, and £250 prospective childminders. So far, more than 4,500 grants have been paid out.

Eligible Expenditure

There are 3 types of grant you can apply for which depend on the type of childcare business you intend to set up:

£250 for new childminding businesses (a childminder is someone who looks after children in their own home, either alone or with help from one or two other adults)

£500 for new childminding businesses (as above) that intend to provide care for disabled children

£500 for larger childcare businesses, including nurseries and out-of-school clubs (which are usually run in a specialist building), and childcare businesses on domestic premises (in someone’s home, but with 4 or more adults working there)

Application Procedure

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