Financial impact and workforce support
Further information on support available to the sector throughout the recovery can be found on the Scottish Government website.
We recognise that any restrictions on operating may affect the cost of delivery of services per child. If the number of children that can be accommodated in a setting, or within a given staffing model, is reduced, there may be an increase in the cost per hour of childcare. However, the extent of this impact will vary from setting to setting, and will be closely linked to capacity. There may also be additional costs, relating to implementation of public health measures for cleaning and hygiene requirements. These cost increases may apply throughout the period where these public health measures are in place.
Assessment of the impact on cost of childcare provision while these public health measures are in place must be based on an open, transparent approach. Providers should consider carefully what the impact of restrictions are on cost of delivery in their settings, and how this can be demonstrated.
Advice on the application of Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard for ELC Providers includes guidance on the payment of sustainable rates for the delivery of funded ELC. Interim guidance was published in July 2020 regarding the requirements on early learning and childcare settings and local authorities from August 2020 for delivery of Funding Follows the Child. This includes updated interim guidance on the setting of sustainable rates for the delivery of funded early learning and childcare in the context of the impacts of COVID-19.
Childminding Business Sustainability Fund
On 9 February the Scottish Government confirmed that additional funding will be made available in order to increase the Childminding Business Sustainability Fund to more than £3.2 million.
This fund will provide for a £750 business sustainability grant to be made available to all childminding services which are registered with the Care Inspectorate as of 1 February 2021.
The application process to receive this grant will be simple and will not require evidence of need to be presented. The grant is intended to support childminding services to sustain their business in the light of the pressure of the pandemic.
Further information on how to apply will be made available as soon as possible.
Childminders currently caring for 12 or more children and subject to restrictions on attendance at their settings
Childminders who are currently caring for 12 or more children and are therefore currently subject to restrictions on which children can attend their setting, are also eligible to apply for the Temporary Restrictions Fund.
The Temporary Restrictions Fund will help mitigate the reduction in income and increased costs resulting from the restrictions which require settings to operate below capacity. This will help these settings remain open to support children of key workers and vulnerable children.
You can apply for a Temporary Restrictions Fund grant covering each four week period of restrictions through the Temporary Restrictions Fund application site
Further details on available financial support is provided on the Scottish Government’s information pages on financial support.