Early Childcare & Learning - Information for Providers
The care environment and the learning opportunities you provide are vital to the personal growth of every child in Moray.
To make sure we continue to give our young people the best possible start in life we call on early years and childcare providers to work with us and our partners to develop a more flexible system that allows us to close the attainment gap while providing more training and employment opportunities for parents and carers.
We are working towards a more flexible approach to early years and childcare which, in time, could mean offering more early years childcare outwith the traditional term time system of morning or afternoon sessions. In the meantime, the phased introduction of the increased entitlement to 1,140 funded hours will give you the opportunity to assess how you can best assist with this transition. We will contact you for input and feedback throughout the transition period.
This section will be updated as the roll-out of increased provision starts. Please check back regularly for updates.
We are available to assist with any queries you have on provision of hours, staffing needs, building/capacity issues, catering and making sure you meet your statutory requirements. Contact us to find out how we can help.
In order to meet the demand for the increase in funded early learning and childcare hours you may need to increase the number of people you employ or the hours of those already employed.
You may wish to discuss training needs with our partners at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) or enquire about courses/graduates from Moray College.
As part of the wider aim to support partners with the ELC expansion of hours, the council is offering grants to funded providers as follows:
- Infrastructure Gramts:
- Grants up to £25,000 for providers operating in non-Council owned premises - for larger infrastructure projects.
- Grants up to £5,000 for all pratner providers - for small projects in preparation for August 2020.
- Training Grants:
- Grants up to £5,000 for staff training.
Applications are open now with a deadline of 31st March 2020 and further information can be requested by contacting Moray Council on 01343 563374 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transitional Support Fund for Childcare Providers
In response to the additional costs associated with COVID-19, the Scottish Government has initiated a Transitional Support Fund to assist childcare providers in meeting expenses incurred to comply with public health guidance. This fund will provide one-off grants to eligible childcare settings with a total value of the award allocated to Moray Council of £211,000.
Local Councils will work in partnership with the Scottish Government to process applications and administer grant awards. To find out more information and to see if your setting is eligible to apply, please follow the link: Transitional Support Fund for Childcare Providers - opened for applications on Thursday, 3rd September.
All eligible settings can access the application via the bisaccount.scot platform at: https://bisaccount.scot/transitionalsupportfund.