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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector

Last updated: 28 Feb 2022 - see all updates
Published: 22 Dec 2020

Guidance on the daycare services for children in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector


This information applies to private and third-sector childcare providers and childminders, and sets out the range of business and financial support that has been made available to childcare sector.

Childcare Sector Omicron Impacts Fund

We are making up to £9.8 million available through the Childcare Sector Omicron Impacts Fund to provide one-off grants to childcare providers in the 2021-2022 financial year.

The fund will open for applications between 2pm on Tuesday 8 March 2022 and close on Thursday 17 March 2022.

More information is available on the Childcare Sector Omicron Impacts Fund page.

Business Ventilation Fund

The Business Ventilation Fund provides funding to help small and medium sized businesses improve their ventilation, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Day care of children services are eligible to receive funding.

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 per eligible premises to recover the costs of carrying out work to improve ventilation and air quality. Full details about eligibility, eligible spend and the application process are available on the Business Ventilation Fund page.

The fund is now open for applications and will remain open until 31 March 2022 or when funds are exhausted - whichever occurs first.

Financial Sustainability Health Check


The Financial Sustainability Health Check of the Childcare Sector in Scotland was published on 31 August 2021. The Health Check collected evidence on the sustainability of the childcare sector, in particular in light of the impacts of COVID-19.

The Health Check summarises the range of targeted support made available to childcare providers during the pandemic, and sets out a programme of actions to support the long-term sustainability of the sector.

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First published: 22 Dec 2020 Last updated: 28 Feb 2022 -