The ABC Pathway Programme will be run by the children’s charity Barnardo’s and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).
It is being funded as part of the National Prospectus Grants Programme, a £120m Department for Education scheme designed to boost services for early years, safeguarding and the care system.
The ABC Pathway Programme aims to help unemployed parents who attend children’s centres become registered childminders.
Parents taking part will be given “e-learning” sessions and paediatric first aid training developed by PACEY.
PACEY has also received another grant from the DfE programme to provide a “quality and achievement in early education programme” alongside the National Children’s Bureau.
The programme will seek to improve the home learning environment of young children by helping early years professionals to engage with disadvantaged families and will be targeted at families with two-year-olds.
The programme has awarded £60m in grant funding and £60m in contracts to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
The grants and contracts cover both 2013/14 and 2014/15.
A DfE spokeswoman declined to give further details about who has been funded through the National Prospectus Grants Programme, stating that full details will be announced in early May.
Announcing the funding programme last October, children’s minister Edward Timpson said the money would go to “innovative proposals” that can “make a real difference on the ground and inform and guide national policy”.