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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Published: 22 Dec 2020
Last updated: 28 Apr 2021 - 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
Temporary Restrictions Fund - round 3

Temporary Restrictions Fund – round 3

This funding covers the four week period from 1 March – 26 March 2021 and will target support specifically to the school age childcare sector in the light of prolonged restrictions on their services due to coronavirus (COVID-19).   

The financial support is in the form of:

  • a support grant for all school age childcare services covering each week in which they are open over the period 1 March to 26 March 2021
  • an Additional Restart Grant for all eligible registered services regardless of whether they were open or closed

Round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund (TRF) opened to all school age childcare providers, who are registered with the Care Inspectorate, on 7 April 2021 and will close to applications on 4 May 2021.

All open school age childcare providers will be able to access a support grant for each week in which they are open over the period 1 March to 26 March 2021. The size of the grant will vary depending on the registered capacity of settings and how many weeks the setting was open.

TRF grant levels

Grant amounts are set out in the table below:

Registered capacity

4 week period grant value

1-10 places

£575

11-25 places

£1,250

26-50 places

£1,900

51-75 places

£2,350

76-100 places

£2,600

101+ places

£2,800

Services will need to have been open in each week of the 4 week period to receive the full grant for each 4 week restrictions period. Where services were only open for part of the restrictions period then grants will awarded on a pro-rata basis and calculated based on the number of weeks open.

Eligibility criteria

1. To be eligible for the Fund settings need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being either:

  • a school age childcare service registered as a ‘day care of children’ and a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service

 or

  • a setting with combined early learning and childcare and school age childcare services (registered as ‘day care of children’ and a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service)
  • a ‘childminding service’ which is registered to care for more than 12 children

2. Providers will need to confirm that they were open at some point in each week for which they are claiming the grant in order to qualify as ‘open’.

Being ‘open’ requirement

We are aware that some providers might need to close their settings for a day or two in response to a COVID case, requirement for a deep clean, or need to change their operating days due to the current level of demand. 

That is why being open a full week will not be required in order to be eligible for a grant from the Fund.

Providers will need to confirm that they were open at some point in each week for which they are claiming the grant in order to qualify as ‘open’.

You are considered open if children are in physical attendance at the registered address of the identified registered setting/service as noted on your certificate of registration for individual services.

For the weeks commencing 1 and 8 March only children of key worker families or vulnerable children will have been in attendance. An application for a grant should only be made if this is the case.

If staff are still working from a setting/service but no children attend that location you are not eligible to apply for a grant from this fund.

Additional Restart Grant

In recognition of ongoing challenges facing the school age childcare sector, all registered settings, whether open or closed, will also be able to claim a one-off additional restart grant based on their capacity, to support reopening following the end of restrictions. This includes settings with combined early learning and childcare and school age childcare services and larger childminding settings (12 or more children) which also remained restricted until 15 March. 

The Additional Restart Grant amounts will vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in settings, as set out in the table below:

Registered capacity

4 week period Grant Value

1-10 places

£575

11-25 places

£1,250

26-50 places

£1,900

51-75 places

£2,350

76-100 places

£2,600

101+ places

£2,800

The Additional Restart Grant is a one-off grant irrespective of the number of weeks you were open/closed in March.

School age childcare providers are able to apply for this support through the Temporary Restrictions Fund application site.


First published: 22 Dec 2020 Last updated: 28 Apr 2021 -