Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement on 16 July the Scottish Government has today published further information regarding the Transitional Support Fund for Childcare Providers.
The Transitional Support Fund will help childcare 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 in response to COVID-19. The Fund will provide one-off grants to eligible settings. Grant amounts vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in your setting.
To be eligible for the Fund your setting needs to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being:
a ‘day care of children’ service; and
a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service.
This includes private and voluntary settings delivering out of school care; childcare settings in independent schools; and outdoor childcare settings. You will also need to confirm that your setting has already reopened or confirm that your setting will have reopened by Monday 7 September.
The Fund will be administered by local authorities. There will be a standard application form in order to make the application process as straightforward as possible.
The Fund will open for applications by the end of August 2020. The last date for submitting a grant application will be Friday 9 October.
Further information on the Transitional Support Fund, including the levels of grants, is available here. This page will be updated as more information becomes available, including confirmation of the date on which applications can be made.
A further communication will be issued to settings ahead of the Fund opening for applications.
Find out more about our work at: www.careinspectorate.com