If you love working with children and are thinking of setting yourself up as a childminder from your own home, you may be eligible for start-up funding from the Department for Education.
To help you get started on your journey to being a childminder, whether finding out about funding, training or for more information on what is involved, contact Sefton Council's School Readiness Service on 0345 140 0845 or by email
Below are some commonly asked questions about childminding as a job and more information about the Childcare Business Grant Scheme and how it can help you.
You are eligibile for the grant if:
You have been newly registered as a childminder by Ofsted in the last 3 months or if you are setting up a childminder in the next 6 months.
You agree to deliver the 30 hours free per week free childcare support to 3 and 4 year olds of working parents - the grant has been made available to encourage would-be childminders to provide this childcare.
You can find out more about your eligibility at the Business Grant Checker webpage
The following one-off start-up grants are available to new childminders:
- £500 for home based childminders registered on the Early Years Register (EYR)
- £1000 for home based childminders registered on the Early Years Register (EYR) who will be looking after children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
Childcare Business Grants are available until 31 March 2018. This limited funding is provided by the Department of Education, so may run before 31 March 2018. The sooner you can apply for it, the better.
As a childminder you will be self-employed and going into business for yourself. This will mean certain start up costs, such as training to prepare you for your role as a childminder or making adaptations to your home where appropriate.
Ordinarily, new childminders have covered these costs themselves - this funding represents a unique opportunity that might be repeated.
All prospective childminders in Sefton are offered support visits from a Sefton Quality Improvement Officer at the School Readiness Service.
Should you decide to go ahead with the registration process you must have completed training which helps you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This can be covered by completing a course run by the School Readiness Service, or online with Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). The course covers the Statutory Guidance and Learning and Development within the EYFS.
You must also complete a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Course, Food Safety in Catering and the NSPCC Child Protection on-line training.
Sefton’s School Readiness Service provides the initial and the ongoing support so that you meet safeguarding and welfare requirements to build and improve the quality of provision and the learning and development of children.
The School Readiness Service also produces an annual training booklet which offers a number of short training courses to keep your skills relevant and up-to-date.
Please note that (in order to maintain both the quality and quantity of the training provided) there is now a credit and/or charging system in place if you wish to access the training programme. This also allows you to access some free training and/or purchase additional training.