Government Grants For New Childminders

We can confirm that the £600 grant for those who register with Ofsted, and £1200 for those who register with a Childminder agency, will be payable to any individual who has completed their Childminder registration on or after 15th March 2023. New Childminders will be able to apply for the grant from Autumn 2023.

Exciting news for aspiring Childminders in the UK! The Chancellor's budget has recently announced a new pilot scheme that offers a generous incentive payment of £600 for anyone signing up to become a Childminder. Also, if you join through an agency, the amount increases to a whopping £1200!

This initiative comes at a crucial time as recent statistics from the Department of Education reveal a worrying decline in the number of early years providers, especially Childminders, with a nine per cent fall between 2021 and 2022.

But with this new scheme, the hope is that more passionate and dedicated individuals will be inspired to join the sector, helping to boost the number of Childminders in the UK. This announcement is just one part of a wider package of reforms to the childcare system, demonstrating the government's commitment to providing quality Childcare for families across the country.

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Home-based childcare qualification (HBCA) overview

This CACHE-accredited and Ofsted-recognised level 3 award covers everything you need to become a home-based childcarer, registered childminder, childminding assistant or nanny.

This qualification also supports existing childcare professionals in improving their expertise.

Through our partnership with, you will also receive three months' free gold membership, providing access to a range of support and information.

Anyone over the age of 16 years old.

Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare is a Level 3 Award. If you want to work in a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder, childminding assistant or nanny, it's the perfect course for you.

This qualification is one that you can study from the comfort of your own home, and is delivered fully online.

In order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare, learners must achieve 6 credits in total.

We give you 12 weeks to complete this qualification.

This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore, no placement in a real work environment is required.

Upon completion of this qualification, you could start looking at a range of opportunities such as:

Registered childminders

Childminding assistants


Au pairs

Other childcarers in home based settings.

Apply today and change lives

We’re all about changing lives, be that individuals changing lives through their day-to-day work, or by organisations changing lives and impacting on our economy.

As a national training provider, we change lives throughout the UK, with expertise in childcare, healthcare, clinical and business skills traineeships and apprenticeships.

For more information, complete the form below, call Rebecca Barnes on 01753 598 538, or email us.

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