Last reviewed 30 July 2020

Scotland has announced £11.2m of funding to support childcare providers with the cost of reopening safely.

The new Transitional Support Fund will help early years providers to meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grants are expected to help providers in the private and voluntary sectors, including out-of-school care providers, with costs for:

  • increased cleaning

  • investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space to enable more outdoor learning

  • adaptations to support the physical distancing of adults, such as changes to entrance and exit areas and additional signage.

Grants will be available to all private and third sector childcare providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare.

Amounts will vary according to the size of the childcare setting and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity.

Deputy 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.”