Temporary financial support for Scotland nurseries

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney has today announced further temporary financial support for services who are currently only permitted to operate for vulnerable children or those of key workers.John Swinney MSP

This funding is to help mitigate the reduction in income resulting from operating below capacity and ensure settings can remain open. It will be available for each four week period that the temporary restrictions are in place.

To be eligible for this support you need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as – 
  • A ‘day care of children’ and a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service
  • A ‘childminding service’ and currently caring for 12 or more children.

Grants will be available to all childcare settings who meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of whether they deliver the funded early learning and childcare entitlement. They will need to confirm that their service is open and operating for key worker and vulnerable children.

The news came as part of a wider announcement including the tightening of restrictions in Scotland.

Jonathan Broadbery, NDNA Scotland’s Head of Policy, said: “We really welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that nurseries open for key workers and vulnerable children are going above and beyond to keep everyone safe but that means their operating costs are higher than ever before.

“The funding the Deputy First Minister has announced today for the length of the lockdown is crucial as nurseries’ income has dropped substantially with very few children able to attend.

“NDNA Scotland has been talking regularly with the Scottish Government throughout the pandemic about the challenges our member nurseries are facing and their longer-term concerns which would be exacerbated without this additional financial support.

“We hope the grants are straightforward for businesses to apply for so they can begin to benefit from this help as soon as possible.

“We also know that our nurseries which are closed are still offering activities and support to their families from home in a number of creative ways so welcome the additional resources to the Parent Club Website.”

Read the full statement here

Find out more about the temporary financial support here.

Find out more about the temporary restrictions here