The Transitional Support Fund is intended to help Scotland's childcare providers reopen safely, following the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will help towards the extra costs likely to be incurred by providers in order to comply with public health guidance in response to COVID-19.
From a total budget of £11.2 million, the scheme will offer one-off grants to eligible childcare settings. Grant amounts will vary according to the size of the setting, from £1,500 to £8,000.
The grants can help towards extra 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 in settings (eg changes to entrance and exit areas, additional signage, etc).
All private and third sector childcare providers in Scotland will qualify. Applicants should 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 settings delivering out of school care, childcare settings in independent schools and outdoor childcare settings.
The scheme will open for applications by the end of August 2020 and the last date for submitting an application will be Friday 9 October 2020.
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