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In her first keynote speech as Women and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller announced a new £2 million scheme to boost childcare. From April 2013 people who want to set up a nursery or childminding business can access grants of up to £500 to help cover costs such as legal and insurance, health and safety training, and adaptations to premises. This comes on top of a package of measures the Government is taking forward to support parents, including extending the right to request flexible working to all employees and allowing parents to share leave to care for their newborn child. Further information could be found here.

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