Millions invested into early years and education for future generations

People, Health and Care
10:20, Tuesday, 2nd April 2024

Funding for young children who attend childminders, nurseries and pre-schools is set to receive a massive £6m Government cash boost following the announcement of the recent Spring Budget 2024.

It will give childcare providers an opportunity to expand and the support to deliver the Government’s landmark expansion of funded childcare scheme.

From April 2024, working parents of two-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours of free childcare.

In addition, working parents of all children over the age of nine months will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare by September 2025.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Investing in children and their future is always paramount, especially when ensuring they receive the best possible start in life.

“This cash from the Government will go directly to childcare providers, enabling them to expand, recruit and continue to deliver a high level of care and education for all.”

Included within the expansion of the funded childcare scheme is a big recruitment drive to the early years and childcare sector, called Do Something Big.

It aims to raise awareness of the different roles and career opportunities available for those wanting to educate future generations and see them flourish, learn and grow.

North Lincolnshire Council are offering free online information sessions for people to find out about becoming a childminder.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families said: “Childminders welcome families into their home and provide high quality, nurturing childcare and education.

“They are qualified and experienced professionals who come from a wide range of backgrounds, with many choosing to join the profession which enables them to combine running a professional business with caring for their own children.

“I would urge anyone who is thinking about becoming a childminder to attend the online briefing sessions to find out more about how to get started and the big difference they can make.

“The session is are only short and give people an insight into the highly rewarding and unique role, as well as advice and guidance for setting up your own business and the financial support currently available.”

The next free, online session is taking place on Wednesday 17 April from 6pm to 8pm via Microsoft Teams, which is free to download.

The session will answer some of the most common questions, such as:

  • Do I need childcare experience?
  • What qualifications do I need to become a childminder?
  • What financial help can I get to become a childminder?
  • I rent my home; can I still childmind?
  • How do I register with Ofsted?

Individuals who are just starting out in their childminder career could also be entitled to a £600 start up grant if they register with Ofsted before 31 March 2025.

For further information, to secure your place on the Childminder Briefing Sessions, or the Childminder Training Programme, email earlyyearsteam@northlincs.gov.uk, call 01724 297000 or visit the North Lincolnshire Council website.