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Temporary Restrictions Fund for Childcare Providers

The Temporary Restrictions Fund (TRF), provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Aberdeen City Council will make temporary financial support available to those services who are currently only permitted to operate for vulnerable children or those of key workers. 

The TRF will help childcare providers in the private, voluntary and not for profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers, mitigate against the loss of private income incurred to comply with the current public health guidance in response to COVID-19. 

Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund is now open to services that were open for key worker and vulnerable children over the period from 1-26 February 2021.

Additional Support Grant

Childcare providers are also eligible for the Additional Support Grant. This additional support grant is available irrespective of whether childcare providers were able to open in February or not.

The Additional Support Grant is available to all day care of children’s services, out of school care providers and childminders registered as caring for 12 or more children at a time.

Applications for the additional support should apply through Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund applications form. There will be an extra tick box to claim for the extra grant. 

Please read the FAQs below for more information. 

Who is eligible for the fund?

Grants are allocated to the following services if they are open for key worker and vulnerable children over the restrictions period from 1-26 February 2021:

  • Services registered with the Care Inspectorate as being ‘day care of children’ and ‘private or voluntary/not-for-profit’ services (operating at any registered capacity); or
  • A ‘childminding service’ currently caring for 12 or more children at a time;
  • Have a business bank account.

This includes ELC settings, regardless of the fact that from 22 February those settings can reopen to all children under school age. 

The Additional Support Grant is a one-grant irrespective of the number of weeks settings were open/closed. Its amounts only vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in settings. 

Level of grants

The grants are determined by the number of registered places that an eligible setting/service has with the Care Inspectorate. There are 6 different categories of grant reflecting size bands of settings/services.

The table below sets out the grant values for settings that were closed, and for settings that were open for 1 week; 2 weeks; 3 weeks; and in all weeks of the 4 week restrictions period. 

These values also include the one-off Additional Support Grant.

Registered Capacity                   
 
Setting closed - Additional Support Grant (ASG) only Setting open 1 week + ASG  Setting open 2 weeks + ASG Setting open 3 weeks +ASG Setting open 4 weeks +ASG
1-10 places £190.00 £333.75  £477.50 £621.25   £765.00
11-25 places  £410.00 £722.50  £1,035.00 £1,347.50 £1,660.00
26-50 places  £630.00   £1,105.00   £1,580.00  £2,055.00  £2,530.00
51-75 places £780.00   £1,367.50  £1,955.00   £2,542.50  £3,130.00
76-100 places  £860.00   £1,510.00  £2,160.00  £2,810.00 £3,460.00
101+ places  £920.00   £1,620.00  £2,320.00  £3,020.00  £3,720.00

How to apply

The fund opened on 5 March 2021 and the last date for submitting a grant application for the first period of restriction will be 1 April 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ’s below before completing the application form.

Providers should also read the Privacy Notice before registering. 

Apply

To apply to the Temporary Restrictions Fund: 

Contact us

Further information on the Temporary Restrictions Fund is also available at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector 

If you have further questions regarding  the Fund please direct these to the Early Years Team at TRFund@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions grants are allocated to the following services if they are open for key worker and vulnerable children over the period from 1-26 February 2021:

  • Services registered with the Care Inspectorate as being ‘day care of children’ and ‘private or voluntary/not-for-profit’ services (operating at any registered capacity); or
  • A ‘childminding service’ currently caring for 12 or more children at a time;
  • Have a business bank account.

Services that were closed in January and reopened in February are eligible for Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund.

If settings were previously closed and have decided to reopen during February they will be able to claim for each of the weeks they were open, including w/c 22 February. 

The Additional Support Fund is open to providers irrespective of whether childcare providers were able to open in February or not. 

Settings that have remained continuously closed throughout the restriction period are eligible for the Additional Support Fund payment.
 

Yes. If settings were previously closed and have decided to reopen during February they will be able to claim for each of the weeks they were open, including w/c 22 February.
 

No, there will be a simple follow-up claim process where services who have already received a grant will enter their reference number and confirm the weeks in the restriction period that they were open, and that they claim the Additional Support Grant (more information on this is provided below), without requiring to resubmit all previous data.

All settings eligible to apply to the Temporary Restrictions Fund are also eligible to apply for the additional payment. Settings which are closed are eligible to apply for the additional payment only.

All settings which are closed will only need to demonstrate that they are a registered day care of children service, or a registered childminder with a capacity of more than 12 children at a time. 

Local Authorities will be able to check this against the data pack the Scottish Government provides. There are no additional eligibility checks for the payment of the Additional Support Grant.

Yes. This additional support will be available irrespective of whether childcare providers were able to open or not.

No. The Additional Support Grant applies to Round 2 only (covering period 1-26 February) and applicants have to apply through the Temporary Restrictions Fund application form which opens on Friday, 5 March. There will be no changes to payments for Round 1.

No. This is a one-off grant irrespective of the number of weeks settings were open/closed. Its amounts only vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in settings.
 

No. Childcare providers should apply through Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund (TRF) application form available on the bisaccount.scot website. There will be an extra tick box to claim for the extra grant.

A setting/service is considered open, if children of key worker families or vulnerable children are in physical attendance at the registered address noted on the certificate of registration of setting/service. An application for a grant should only be made if this is the case. 

ELC settings may care for all children without restriction from the 22 February.

No. Where services are only open for part of the restrictions period but closed for others (e.g. for a full week at any point) then grants will be calculated on the number of weeks open and a pro-rata grant payment will be awarded (further details are set out below). 

The applicants will be asked the following question:

Q: Please confirm whether you were open, and providing for key worker and vulnerable children during:

  • w/c 1 February 2021 [Y/N] 
  • w/c 8 February 2021 [Y/N] 
  • w/c 15 February 2021 [Y/N] 
  • w/c 22 February 2021 [Y/N]
  • No. We are aware that some providers might need to close their settings for a day or two in response to a COVID case, requirement for a deep clean, or change their operating days due to the current level of demand.
  • That is why being open a full week will not be required in order to be eligible for a grant from the Fund.
  • Providers will need to confirm that they were open to deliver childcare to key worker and vulnerable children at some point in each week for which they are claiming a grant to qualify as ‘open’.

Like Temporary Restriction grants, the Additional Support Grant amounts vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in settings.

The table below sets out the grant values for settings that were closed, and for settings that were open for 1 week ; 2 weeks ; 3 weeks ; and in all weeks of the 4 week restrictions period. These values also include the one-off Additional Support Grant.

Registered Capacity                   
 
Setting closed - Additional Support Grant (ASG) only Setting open 1 week + ASG  Setting open 2 weeks + ASG Setting open 3 weeks +ASG Setting open 4 weeks +ASG
1-10 places £190.00 £333.75  £477.50 £621.25   £765.00
11-25 places  £410.00 £722.50  £1,035.00 £1,347.50 £1,660.00
26-50 places  £630.00   £1,105.00   £1,580.00  £2,055.00  £2,530.00
51-75 places £780.00   £1,367.50  £1,955.00   £2,542.50  £3,130.00
76-100 places  £860.00   £1,510.00  £2,160.00  £2,810.00 £3,460.00
101+ places  £920.00   £1,620.00  £2,320.00  £3,020.00  £3,720.00

 

If a setting/service meets the eligibility criteria for a grant then the level of grant awarded will be determined by the number of registered places associated with the Care Inspectorate registration number (the CS number) for the setting/service. Only one grant can be awarded for each registered service (i.e. for each care service number).

Only one grant can be awarded for each registered service and must be based on the registered places associated with the CS number. For example, if a service operates over a number of locations/venues, but that all of this activity is registered under one care service registration number
 

Yes, however only childminders caring for 12 or more children at a time are eligible for the Temporary Restrictions Fund as set out above.
 

Yes. Childminding Business Sustainability Fund will provide for a £750 business sustainability grant to be made available to all childminding services which are registered with the Care Inspectorate as of 1 February 2021. Further information on how to apply will be made available as soon as possible. [This Fund won’t be administered by Local Authorities]
 

Each registered case service (with its own unique CS Number) with the Care Inspectorate will have an associated registered places for the setting/service.

The level of grant awarded to eligible settings will be determined by the number of registered places as listed by the Care Inspectorate. Applicants can check the registered places for their setting at the Care Inspectorate’s Datastore.

If an applicant believes that the registered places information for the setting/service shown in the Care Inspectorate Datastore is incorrect then it is important that they raise the issues with the Care Inspectorate.

We are aware that this might take time to get changed through the Care Inspectorate. That is why providers should be allowed to re-apply with the correct number of registered places, as long as the Care Inspectorate can confirm with a Local Authority that this issue is being dealt with. 
 

Applicants must provide with the application a scanned recent bank statement (detailing business transactions) or image of the nominated online account dated within 3 months of the application date.
 

Applicants will receive a confirmation email with an application reference number once the application form has been submitted. 

They should keep this reference number safe as it will be required if they make any further application for support in future restriction periods.
 

The deadline for applications to Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund and the Additional Support Grant is 1 April 2021. The last date for submitting a grant application for the first period of restriction will be 1 April 2021.

This Scheme is administered by Local Authorities. 

Applicants with multiple settings are required to submit separate applications for each individual eligible setting using single login via bisaccount.

Information provided by an applicant will be verified against other information sources held by your Council. This will assist timely application processing, fraud prevention and for auditing purposes. 

Councils will aim to make payment within 28 days from receipt of a fully completed application and once all information and evidence in support of an application has been verified. Applications may be subject to delay if incomplete or incorrect details are supplied. 

If a grant is awarded on the basis of false or inaccurate information, it may result in arrangements being made to recover the award, and legal proceedings being initiated. 

Before you apply, you will need to upload a copy of a scanned recent bank statement (detailing business transactions) or image of the nominated online account dated within 3 months of the application date. Please ensure you have this ready before you begin. 
 
 

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