A new £2m scheme has been launched by the Coalition Government to help boost childcare businesses and help women back into work.
People who want to set up a nursery can now apply for grants of up to £500 to help cover things like legal and insurance costs, training, equipment and adaptations to buildings. The scheme is aimed to launch up to 6,000 new childcare businesses across England.
Local campaigners hope people in Hampshire will take up this offer so that a significant number of new nurseries will spring up here, boosting options for parents.
This funding boost comes on top of other recent good news for parents. Last month it was announced that over 2100 of the poorest two-year-olds in the county stand to benefit from 15 hours free childcare a week from this September. This was championed by Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government to ensure those toddlers have a good start in life and education.
Commenting, local MP Mike Thornton said:
“Liberal Democrats want to create a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. Childcare plays a vital role in achieving those goals. It helps the early development of children and removes barriers for those parents keen to return to work.
“We have seen time and time again the important difference that good quality childcare can make in giving children the best possible start in life.
“This money will help entrepreneurs set up and run new childcare facilities which will be a boost to Hampshire’s economy and a massive help to families here.”