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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Published: 22 Dec 2020
Last updated: 24 Mar 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
COVID-19 restrictions: temporary financial support

Temporary Restrictions Fund

You can apply for a grant covering the four week period of restrictions from 1 February - 26 February 2021 through the Temporary Restrictions Fund application site.

Under round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund:

  • eligible services can claim a grant for each of the weeks that they were open over the four week period 1 February – 26 February and
  • all day care of children’s services, out of school care providers, and childminders registered as caring for 12 or more children at a time will be able can apply for an Additional Support Grant. This additional support will be available irrespective of whether childcare providers were able to open in February or not. Settings that have remained continuously closed throughout the restriction period are eligible for the additional payment

Find out more information on Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund and if you are eligible to apply.

You will receive a confirmation email with an application reference number once the application form has been submitted.

If you are experiencing difficulties or haven’t received an email, please raise a query with the Improvement Service Helpdesk.

Applications for Round 2 will close on 1 April 2021. 

Round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund

Round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund will be targeted at all school age childcare providers who are registered with the Care Inspectorate. 

Under round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund:

  • all open school age childcare services will be able to access a support grant for each week in which they are open over the period 1 March to 26 March. The size of the grant will vary depending on the registered capacity of settings and how many weeks the setting was open and
  • all registered school age childcare services, 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 ELC and SAC services and larger childminding settings (12 or more children) which also remained restricted until 15 March

Find out more information on Round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund and if you are eligible to apply.

Applications to Round 3 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund can be made from 7 April 2021 and will close to applications on 4 May 2021. 


First published: 22 Dec 2020 Last updated: 24 Mar 2021 -