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The Scottish Government has made funding available, through a Transitional Support Fund, for childcare providers to support them to adapt their settings safely to reopen.

The Scottish Government is aware that Scotland’s childcare sector has been working extremely hard to ensure their settings have put in place the measures that can give staff and parents confidence ahead of their safe reopening.

Taking these steps has resulted in extra costs for childcare providers, at a time when their income has also reduced.

The Transitional Support Fund aims to help childcare providers in the private and third sectors, including out-of-school care providers, meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Scottish Government Transitional Support Fund is being administered by Local Authorities.

Eligible childcare providers can apply for these grant funds from 28 August 2020. The grants are expected to help with costs for:

  • Increased cleaning;
  • Investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space, to enable more outdoor learning; and
  • Adaptations to support the physical distancing of adults in settings (e.g. changes to entrance and exit areas, additional signage, etc)

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

Apply

This Scheme is administered by Local Authorities however you will need to register and apply on the bisaccount.Scot website.

The deadline for applications to the Transitional Support Fund is 9 October 2020.

Full details on eligibility and the application process is available on the bisaccount.Scot website.