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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Published: 31 Jul 2020
Last updated: 31 Jul 2020 - see all updates

Guidance on the daycare services for children in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector
Transitional Support Fund for childcare providers

Transitional Support Fund for childcare providers

The Transitional Support Fund will help childcare providers in the private, voluntary and not-for profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers, meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to COVID-19.

The Fund will provide one-off grants to eligible childcare settings.

Who is eligible for the Fund?

You need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being:

  • a ‘day care of children’ service; and
  • a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service.

This includes private and voluntary settings delivering out of school care; childcare settings in independent schools; and outdoor childcare settings.

You will also need to confirm that your setting has already reopened or confirm that your setting will have reopened by Monday 7 September.   

My setting does not deliver the funded early learning and childcare entitlement. Will I still be able to receive a grant?

Yes, grants are available to all childcare settings who meet the eligibility criteria above, regardless of whether they deliver the funded early learning and childcare entitlement.

I am a childcare provider with multiple settings. Can I claim for each of these settings?

Yes, you can claim for each setting that meets the eligibility criteria set out above.

What size of grant will I receive?

Grant amounts vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in your setting, as set out in the table below.

Registered capacity Grant value
1-10 places £1,500
11-25 places £3,500
26-50 places £5,500
51-75 places £6,750
76-100 places £7,500
101+ places £8,000

What can I use the grant for?

The grant is intended to help your setting to meet the extra costs incurred in order to operate your service in line with the public health guidance for the sector. For example, the grants could help with extra costs for:

  • Increased cleaning;
  • Investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space, to enable more outdoor learning; and
  • Adaptations to support the physical distancing of adults in settings (e.g. changes to entrance and exit areas, additional signage, etc)

I have already invested in my setting to meet the requirements of the public health guidance. Will I still receive a grant for my setting?

Yes, if your setting meets the eligibility criteria set out above.

How do I apply for a grant?

The Fund will be administered by local authorities.

There will be a standard application form and we are working to make the application process as straightforward as possible. In particular we are looking to minimise the burden on providers who will be applying for multiple settings across different local authorities.

When can I apply for a grant?

The Transitional Support Fund will open for applications by the end of August 2020.

The last date for submitting a grant application will be Friday 9 October.

How can I find more information on the Transitional Support Fund?

We will update this page as more information becomes available, including confirmation of the date on which applications can be made.

We will also issue a further communication to settings ahead of the Fund opening for applications.


First published: 31 Jul 2020 Last updated: 31 Jul 2020 -