Families Information Service


Creating childcare in Rotherham

Funding to start new childcare – childminders and group childcare

The government have introduced a new Childcare Business Grants Scheme to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant of:

• £250 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children under the age of 8 years, to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day);

• £500 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this);

• £500 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

More details are available at:



Training in Childcare

The requirements for those who work with children is set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework document.  A national list of qualifications states which are suitable for working with children in childcare provision.  There are other training requirements for example around Paediatric First Aid, a knowledge of Child Protection and Basic Food Hygiene for those handling and preparing food.  Further guidance is available by contacting Pam Hawkins on 01709 822694.

Could you be a Childminder?

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Being a Childminder

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