Business rates coronavirus support and other discounts

Nursery Discount 2020/21 and 2021/22

As an extraordinary response to the coronavirus, the Government announced a business rates Nursery Discount on 18 March 2020.

This discount is for business properties occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and which are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the financial year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on this relief. This discount is planned to last for 1 year only.

We have received a list of Ofsted registered premises and have automatically applied the relief to all of these where it is clear that the whole or main activity is early years education.

Nursey Relief 2021/22

At the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that the Government would provide additional business rates support for Nurseries in England occupying a qualifying property.

How much relief will be available in 2021/22?

Subject to the cash cap, the total amount of government-funded relief available for each property for 2021/22 under this scheme is:

  1. For chargeable days from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021: 100% of the chargeable amount, and
  2. For chargeable days from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022: 66% of the chargeable amount.

Apply for nursery discount

We will automatically apply the discount to properties that we think will qualify. If you feel your business fits the criteria for the discount and have not received it, please apply using the link below:

Apply for nursey discount

The Government has provided further guidance on nursery discount.

Opt out of nursery discount

You have the option to refuse the discount awarded in relation to your business premises. Please be aware that once you have refused the discount, you cannot withdraw your refusal for all or any part of the discount period. To notify us you wish to refuse the discount in 2021/22, please complete the form below:

Opt out of nursery discount