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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Published: 22 Dec 2020
Last updated: 8 Jun 2021 - see all updates

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector
Childminders: financial support

Childminders: business and financial support

This information applies to childminders and sets out the range of business and financial support that has been made available.

You may be able to access some support measures regardless of whether your setting is open or closed. 

Childminding Business Sustainability Fund

On the 9 February the Scottish Government confirmed that additional funding will be made available in order to increase the Childminding Business Sustainability Fund £3.2 million.

The increased funding has allowed us to provide a £750 business sustainability grant to all childminding services who were registered with the Care Inspectorate as of 1 February 2021.

Application process

Applications closed on 17 March 2021.

All applications have been validated against Care Inspectorate records for accuracy and processed following the closure of the application window.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension

The UK Government has extended the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The fourth SEISS grant will be set at 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. The fourth grant will take into account 2019 to 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020. The rest of the eligibility criteria remain unchanged.

Claims for the fourth SEISS grant have now closed. The last date for making a claim for the fourth grant was 1 June 2021.

The online claims service for the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021. Find out more about the fifth grant.

Other sources of support

  • if you are not eligible for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme  then you may be able to access support through Universal Credit. The standard rate in Universal Credit has been increased to support claimants. You can find out more information about Universal Credit and how to apply on the site.
  • if you have had to self-isolate, and can no longer offer your service, then you may be able to make a claim for the New Style Employment and Support Allowance.
  • if you have been asked by Test and Protect to self-isolate, you might be able to access support through the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant. Payments are available to eligible individuals who were told to self-isolate from 28 September onwards. 
  • if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meets certain criteria. Carer's Allowance is currently delivered in Scotland by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  • taxpayers with up to £30,000 of Self-Assessment liabilities due will now be able to use HMRC’s self-service Time to Pay facility to secure a plan to pay over an additional 12 months.
  • you may be eligible for a council tax reduction which will reduce your council tax, potentially to zero depending on your circumstances. The Scottish Government will provide local authorities with more money to support that. Your local authority will be able to provide more information. If your income or earnings are impacted by COVID-19 and you are struggling to meet your next council tax payment you should discuss this as soon as possible with your local authority by phone or using their website.
  • if as a result of COVID-19 you are experiencing difficulties with paying your energy bills, or paying back personal loans of credit card bills, then please contact your energy provider or lender to explore payment plans.

First published: 22 Dec 2020 Last updated: 8 Jun 2021 -