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Moray childcare providers urged to seek support for Covid-19 costs


By Sarah Rollo

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TIME is running out for childcare providers in Moray to apply for help to meet the extra costs of operating within Covid-19 guidelines

The deadline for the Scottish Government’s Transitional Support Fund falls on October 9.

Since its launch at the start of September, Moray Council has passed on £125,000 from the fund to 24 local childcare settings, and more are expected to apply.

Increased costs range from extra cleaning to adaptations to support physical distancing between adults. The money could also help with additional equipment to enable more outdoor learning.

RAF Lossiemouth’s Childcare Centre has received £8000 from the fund, which is being used to support outdoor learning, providing outdoor accessories, warm and waterproof clothing, creation of shelters and small tents to protect against the weather and to take on forest and beach days. The money will also allow the centre to create a part-time cleaner post to maintain the high level of cleaning required under new guidelines.
RAF Lossiemouth’s Childcare Centre has received £8000 from the fund, which is being used to support outdoor learning, providing outdoor accessories, warm and waterproof clothing, creation of shelters and small tents to protect against the weather and to take on forest and beach days. The money will also allow the centre to create a part-time cleaner post to maintain the high level of cleaning required under new guidelines.

Moray Council’s senior project manager for Early Learning and Childcare, Robin Paterson, said: "For so many, childcare has been the backbone of the response to the pandemic and the new guidelines, though necessary, do require childcare providers to change the way they would normally work.

"I'm pleased to see so many have taken the opportunity to apply for this funding, which is allowing them to continue to offer much-needed high-quality childcare for families in Moray, in a safe and sustainable way.

"Childcare providers have given us positive feedback on this funding stream with simple application process, and we encourage all eligible providers to take advantage of this scheme and apply for funding before the October 9 deadline."

The amount of money awarded to each setting is determined by the number of Care Inspectorate approved places and ranges from £1500 to £8000.

Childminders are being supported separately, through the Childminding Workforce Support Fund.

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