Beverley is well on the way to fulfilling her business plan and setting up her own childminding business.

A change of career

Former teacher Beverley will soon be putting years of experience to good use and supporting her community thanks to funding from our ‘Your Career’ Aspire Award.

Beverley is currently a lunchtime supervisor at her local primary school but the Aspire Award will help her achieve her dream of setting up her own childminding business. The funding has come at a good time for her, with many workers now returning to offices.

The mother-of-three, and grandmother-of-three has a lot of experience with children; she was a Home Economics Teacher in a Jamaica high school before coming to the UK in 2004.

“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “Working with children is great and it keeps me on my toes. I’m looking forward to providing the service to my community, which I think is important.”

Completing her courses

Beverley is now on track to becoming a certified childminder with Ofsted, having completed two out of the three courses required ahead of registration.

Once registered, Beverley plans to start childminding up to three children, aged up to five years old, at a time. After that she hopes to expand her service to after-school childcare for youngsters aged five to 12.

To get this funding has been a great opportunity. I’m truly grateful and I’m definitely going to take full advantage of everything I’m learning on these courses.

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award by completing an application form. You’ll need to let us know exactly what you want the funding for, so make sure you’ve found the course you want to complete, how much the equipment you need will be, or what your community project will cost.

Click here to apply for an Aspire Award.