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Access to Childcare Fund

About the Access to Childcare Fund

The purpose of this fund is to support childcare solutions that enable more accessible and affordable childcare for families and to help to reduce the barriers parents and carers experience in accessing childcare. These barriers include the cost of childcare, the hours available and accessibility for children with additional support needs.

Grants have been awarded to fifteen services and projects that seek to address the challenges and barriers encountered and allow parents and carers to have time around the school day and in holidays safe in the knowledge that their child(ren) is being looked after and given opportunities to take part in activities, play or youth work experiences. They aim to make services more accessible and affordable for low-income families, particularly the six identified priority family groups most at risk from living in poverty and set out in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan (click here to find out more) , these are:

· Lone parent families, the large majority of which are headed by women.

· 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 of age.

If you would like any further information on the Fund, please contact: accesstochildcarefund@childreninscotland.org.uk.

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Find out about the ACF-funded projects:

Action for Children

Action for Children is looking to test childcare provision in a rural setting

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Flexible Childcare Services Scotland

The two services are consulting with parents and children to establish a children’s forum

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Hame fae Hame

Hame fae Hame is working to develop flexible childcare options for families, both before and after school

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The Indigo Childcare Group

Indigo will explore the need for extended childcare at weekends

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Stepping Stones for Families

Stepping Stones for Families is looking to test the expansion of its holiday provision

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Support Help and Integration in Perthshire (SHIP)

SHIP runs a range of services for children with complex additional support needs

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St Mirin's Out of School Club

St Mirin’s is working in partnership with the school in which they are based to extend services

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Clyde Gateway

Clyde Gateway's project aims to wrap discrete services around the family so support feels integrated

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FUSE Youth Café

FUSE is working to provide drop-in youth clubs for children and young people

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Hope Amplified

Hope Amplified provides after school, holiday and youth club services for the families they support

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Inverclyde Council

Inverclyde is focusing on a trial of holiday hubs with a focus on outdoor play, health and the arts

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SupERkids

The ACF funding will support supERkids to offer weekend provision to its families

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The Wee Childcare Company

The funding is allowing them to open two new rural services.

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LIFT (Low Income Families Together)

The funding supports their flexible childcare model for all families

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