New £1m fund to support childminders affected by pandemic

The Deputy First Minister said the fund will be used to support those whose businesses have suffered.

Childminders who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be supported by a new £1m fund by the Scottish Government. 

During Thursday’s coronavirus briefing, the Deputy First Minister said the money would be used to help those who have seen their businesses suffer as a result of restrictions. 

John Swinney said up to £1m of Scottish Government cash would be used to help those who have been financially affected.

The fund will see childminders able to apply for grants of up to £1000 each

Swinney added that further information on how to apply for this help would be published soon.

He said: “Childminders play a hugely important role and the work they do is valued and appreciated by families across the country.

“This new fund will provide them with some of the support they need in order to continue to carry out that role.

“That is something that will be increasingly important as we emerge from lockdown and as more parents return to work.”