Scottish Government’s Access to Childcare Fund, managed by Children in Scotland, is now open for applications from groups and organisations.
The purpose of the fund is to support childcare solutions which enable more accessible and affordable childcare for families. Funding will be available to develop solutions to the barriers parents and carers experience in accessing childcare, including the cost of childcare, the hours available, and accessibility for children with additional support needs.
The Access to Childcare Fund provides funding to services or projects aiming to address these challenges and barriers, and allow parents and carers to have time around the school day and in holidays while knowing that their child(ren) is being looked after and given opportunities to take part in activities, play or youth work experiences.
Eligible services and projects include registered childcare, activity groups and clubs that work with school-age children and young people around the school day and during the school holidays, such as:
- breakfast clubs
- after school clubs
- holiday clubs
- arts and activity-based clubs
- youth work provision
- play services
The Access to Childcare Fund focuses on projects and services supporting the 6 priority family groups set out in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan:
- lone parent families
- families which include a disabled adult or child
- larger families
- minority ethnic families
- families with a child under one year old
- families where the mother is under 25 years old
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 27th July.