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Childcare for Working Parents

Childcare Choices is a government campaign that aims to make more parents aware of the financial support on offer to help them with the costs of childcare.


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Latest information for providers can be found on the Childcare Choices website, under the providers section: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/providers/


Here, you can find information about:


  • How to sign up as a provider
  • How to identify a Tax-Free Childcare payment
  • How you will be paid
  • Operational guidance


Other help and guidance:


£1000 cash incentive for new/returning childcare workers

Walsall is one of twenty local authorities involved in a new trial to drive recruitment in the early years sector.

New recruits will receive a £1,000 cash payment to join the sector, to attract workers into a career in childcare and early years education.

A £1,000 sign-on bonus for childcare workers is also being launched to increase capacity, tackle unemployment, and offer more childcare places. The trial will give new-starters and returners a tax-free cash payment shortly after they take up post.


More information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/childcare-recruitment-campaign-launched


Childminder start-up grant scheme –  A newly launched grant which will support new childminders by providing them with financial support, worth £7.2m over the next two financial years, helping childminders with the cost of setting up their own businesses.

The Childminder start-up grants scheme will be available to all new childminders who have completed their registration on or after 15th March 2023. Individuals who have previously been registered as childminders and wish to re-register into the sector may also apply for the scheme. There must be at least a 12-month gap between the date of their previous registration being cancelled and their new registration being finalised.

More information:

Childminder start-up grant – frequently asked questions

Childminder start-up grant – applicant guidance

Childminder start-up grant – application process

Childminder start-up grant – eligibility criteria


Other useful resources:

Department for Work and Pensions – How to list your vacancies

Department for Education – Letter to providers


Last Updated:  04/03/2024