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Scheme to encourage 6,000 new childcare start-ups

In a speech to at Deloittes in London the new Women and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller will announce:

  • From next April 2013 the government will be making £2 million available to provide small grants of up to £500 to people wishing to set up new childcare businesses.
  • This will help as many as 6,000 new childcare start-ups.

The scheme is part of her first major speech in this role. Mrs Miller will also talk about the importance of women to the country's economic growth strategy and how to get them into jobs.

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More childcare options 'will help women back to work'

Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller has said the new scheme would create jobs and help reverse a decline in the number of childminders.

More childcare options mean more women can take up jobs, help support their families and realise their own career ambitions.

The childcare industry is already a major employer of women, and this scheme will provide huge opportunities for female entrepreneurs to start up and run their own businesses.

This is an injection of cash designed to stimulate the sector in tough times, the new scheme will provide more childcare places but will also help get up to 6,000 new childcare businesses off the ground.

– Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller

Grants to be available for childcare businesses

The Government have announced a £2 million scheme to boost childcare and help more women find a job.

Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said grants of up to £500 will be available from next April for people setting up a nursery or childminding business.

The money will help cover legal and insurance costs, health and safety training and equipment, while advice and mentoring will also be offered.