Funding is being provided to support the business sustainability of Scotland’s childminding providers.
This programme is funded by the Scottish Government alongside the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA).
Funding of £1 million has been made available for childminders who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Alongside the funding, a new Childminding Action Plan has been published, setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for the sector and the actions to support it that are being taken now and into the future. These include:
- Development of flexible, tailored learning models to better support childminders to access continued professional learning.
- Research into trends within the childminding workforce to better inform future actions to support the growth of the sector.
- Work collaboratively across the sector to identify and deliver ways in which childminders can be better enabled to participate in the opportunity to provide the funded early learning and childcare (ELC) entitlement.
Childminding businesses in Scotland may apply.
The scheme is yet to open. Work is currently underway with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to finalise the details of the scheme.
Further information on how to apply will be published shortly.