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Childcare providers scheme

Childcare providers scheme

Make sure you have read the information below and that you have everything you need to complete the form before you start.

Apply for the grant

This scheme is to help registered childcare providers through the pandemic and recovery phase. We want to ensure we have enough childcare provision locally to allow parents to work or access training. 

It's a single one-off payment of up to £2,000 for childminders and up to £10,000 for day nurseries and out of school clubs 

The scheme will be administered by our Early Years team in accordance with the Gov.UK Additional Restrictions Grant guidance.  

Key points 

All applicants will be expected to: 

  • demonstrate the severity of trading impact caused by restrictions 
  • be an Ofsted registered childcare provider 
  • demonstrate property overhead for each property the provider operates from  
  • be based in Gateshead 
  • fully reopen once restrictions are lifted 

The grant covers a twelve-month period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.   

The maximum amounts that can be claimed are: 

day nursery£10,000
out of school clubs£10,000
nursery units of independent schools£5,000

If you run a pre-school and an out-of-school club, the maximum amount that you can apply for is £10,000.  This is the maximum amount that any one site can apply for. 

To be classified as a day nursery, you must meet at least two of the following criteria: 

  • take children under two years of age 
  • be open from 8 am to 6 pm 
  • be open for 51 weeks per year 

The grant will primarily cover lost income from fee-paying parents. You may also claim for exceptional costs such as additional cleaning materials or one-off purchases, but these must be justified on the application form.  

Evidence needed 

You need to provide information of any Covid-19 public funding you have been awarded and a break-down of lost income and/or details of additional costs or one-off expenditure due to Covid-19.  

The application cannot be completed in stages. Make sure you have all your evidence before starting. 

We may ask for additional supporting evidence once we have reviewed your application. 


You can apply on-line until Friday, 2 April. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. 


We'll aim to contact you within five working days following the deadline for applications. This may be to inform you of the decision or to request additional information. 

If successful you will receive the grant by BACS transfer during April 2021.   

State aid 

Although the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, State Aid rules continue to apply. These are subject to regulation by the EU Commission and the UK's Subsidy Control regime. 

Grant awards must not exceed state aid limits as permitted under the De Minimis Aid scheme and Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework. There is a ceiling of €200,000 for all de minimis aid and a ceiling of €800 000 under the Temporary Framework for aid provided to any one organisation during the current and previous two financial years.

The rules are fully explained in State Aid guidance. Applicants will be required to declare any aid received in the last three years. This includes any previous COVID related business grants you may have received. 

Applicants will be required to declare they were not an undertaking in difficulty.

Additional information 

Grant income received by a business is taxable therefore funding paid under the Childcare providers scheme will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax. 

We reserve the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so. 

We, along with the government, will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error 

We do not accept any liability for any issues that may arise for businesses because of applying for, receiving, or not receiving grant payments under this scheme. 

There is no appeal process.

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