Childcare business grants scheme (CBGS) - England

A grant for setting up a new childminder business or childminder agency (CMA).

How much you can get

£300, £500 or £1,000

Who it’s for

You could get a childcare business grant to help with the costs of setting up a new childminder business or agency (CMA) in England.

You’ll get a grant if:

  • you’re registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency (CMA) for less than 3 months
  • you have your early years registration certificate
  • you have registered with your local authority and are going to offer 30 hours of childcare entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds (either on your own or in partnership with other providers)

What you can get

What you’ll get

The money can help you pay for:

  • public liability insurance
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
  • childcare training courses
  • Ofsted or childminder agency registration
  • a first aid course
  • equipment


Department for Education (DfE)

Find out more on the Childcare business grants website
Published 20 March 2017
Last updated 4 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Grant amount and eligibility changed.
  2. First published.