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Golden Hello Awards


From 1st April 2018 Somerset County Council is introducing “golden hello” awards as a financial incentive for new Childminders to register in Somerset. In order to be eligible for payment of the golden hello award of £250.00 Childminders must meet the eligibility requirements below.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a new Childminder registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register and operating in Somerset

  • Apply to join Somerset’s Directory of funded providers and offer early years entitlement places for 3 and 4 year olds (both universal and extended offer) and or funded places for eligible 2 year olds. This will include registering to use the online checker for 30 hours.

  • You need to apply for this award within 2 months of being registered with Ofsted and must not have received a start-up grant from Somerset County Council or any other government scheme.

  • You must have an Ofsted registration certificate and insurance in place

  • Childminders who receive a golden hello award must commit to operating their business for at least a year

  • The award scheme is open until 30 September 2018 (in the first instance when it will be reviewed)