Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December 2020.

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The First Minister:

We recognise that changes in demand for childcare relating to parents’ work patterns and, of course, loss of employment have had an effect on childcare providers, and that that raises concern about the sustainability of their essential services.

We are working with the whole childcare sector to understand the challenges and to establish whether there are reasons why the financial support needs for out-of-school care differ from those of the rest of the childcare sector.

In addition to the economy-wide support from both the Scottish and UK Governments that out-of-school care providers will have been able to access, the Scottish Government has provided targeted support to childcare providers, including out-of-school care providers, through the £11.2 million transitional support fund. However, we will continue to consider the issues carefully, and we will look to adapt the support that is available, if we think that that is appropriate.