Funding available for Scotland’s childcare providers

Childcare providers can obtain grants to help them with the cost of safely reopening.
The grants are intended to offset costs such as increased cleaning and additional outdoor equipment. Pic: PixabayThe grants are intended to offset costs such as increased cleaning and additional outdoor equipment. Pic: Pixabay
The grants are intended to offset costs such as increased cleaning and additional outdoor equipment. Pic: Pixabay

The Scottish Government’s Transitional Support Fund, worth more than £11 million, has been set aside to help childcare providers including private and third sector organisations meet the extra costs incurred by complying with public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants are intended to offset costs such as increased cleaning, additional outdoor equipment and use of outdoor spaces, and adaptations to allow for physical distancing.

Depute First Minister John Swinney said: “Scotland’s childcare sector has been working extremely hard to ensure measures are in place to give staff and parents confidence ahead of their safe reopening.

“Indeed many have been operating in this way over the past months as they provide essential high-quality care for the children of key workers, and I give them my warmest thanks for doing so.

“However, taking these steps has resulted in extra costs for childcare providers, at a time when their income has also reduced. I am very pleased that, through this new fund, we can support them through these unprecedented times.”