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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Published: 12 Nov 2020
Last updated: 12 Nov 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 day care of children providers

Transitional Support Fund for day care of children providers

The Transitional Support Fund closed to applications on 9 October.

Local authorities are continuing to process grant application forms.  

The Transitional Support Fund was launched to help day care of children 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 for these settings/services in response to COVID-19.

The Fund has provided one-off grants to eligible settings/services.

Eligibility

Eligible settings/services had to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being:

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

This includes private, voluntary and not for profit settings delivering out of school care; childcare settings in independent schools; and outdoor day care of children settings.

Settings/services also needed to confirm that they had reopened by Monday 7 September.   

Childminding services were not eligible for these grants. Separate support is available to childminders, including through the Childminding Workforce Support Fund. The Scottish Government is providing additional funding of £390,000 to the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to extend this Fund. This includes covering the costs of administering the fund up to £60,000. More information is available on the Childminders Financial Support page.


First published: 12 Nov 2020 Last updated: 12 Nov 2020 -