My Early Years team / CIS told me at my briefing but you should be able to call and ask. I got more than the standard in my area as they were short of childminders in my village but I think the standard was £250?
one of the cm's I visited got a £5K grant and built an extension to her house - the grant was something to do with childcare provided in underdeprived areas and linked to lottery - sorry can't be more specific. Was just flabbergasted as this extension alone would have put £15K on her house!
So is the grant from the early years for specific things such as stairgates etc. Been in touch with the lottery fund and they advised that they can only offer grants to none profit making businesses and that childminder was a profit making business. Its just that i only have the very basic that i need and was hoping for a capital to perhaps make alterations on my front room (the room that i am going to dedicate just to the children) and to purchase all the equipment that i need. Would have thought that there would have been more help out there!! Still looking though! Many thanks everyone
I am guessing that thety wont allow it as you might setup or be running well and then close after you get the money. My local early yrs has made people pay back the grant money if they arent working wihtin a certain time to stop this as there was alot of it happening.
I got between £450 and £500 (can't actually remember ) and this was due to me being in a 'deprived' area (I used to think it meant I lived in a dump but then found out it meant we were short of childminders!)
Ours was sorted at the briefing. They had to wait until they were reg'd to get the money back (so kept receipts) however I got mine upfront due to being the deprived area and I HAD to spend it asap, basically had to be gone by the time I got my certificate!
I get a voucher apparently for stairgate, fireguard which I take to Mothercare. I had to send my receipt in for medical check and have just been reimbursed. I know there is another grant in Leeds if you live within certain postcodes but Im not in one of those.
Leximum, do you know how u mentioned the lottery fund, i spoke to them and they said that grants arent available because i will be charging for my services and therefore it will be a profit making business. I have also seen childminders advising on their websites. Advertising "New Opportunites funding scheme" Really confused!!!!!!!!!!!
I got three hundred pounds but used £125 for my NCMA pack and the rest had already been spent, as have to provide receipts of purchases before they will issue the money.
Our grants were £300 for 'normal' areas and £600 for regenreation areas.
Not sure if this is of any use but I've been tidying up paperwork and just come across a letter. It was from our council asking telling us about funding they had for play projects. This website was given and it said to go into FUNDING PROGRAMMES then CHILDRENS PLAY.
I haven't got time to look at this myself but thought I'd post the info on here!
Thanks looneytune! Thanks for the link but i have already spoke to them and they said because i will be charging for my services, i will be classed as a profit making business and they only provide grants for non-profiting making business. Hardly going to be turning over £1 million a year am i? HA HA