Child care cover increased
THERE are increased opportunities for childminders in Argyll and free childcare has been extended to two-year- olds from households in receipt of state benefits.
Argyll and Bute council is reminding parents to apply to take up a place for their child.
And it is also asking childminders to take the opportunity to extend their service as well as encouraging individuals to consider becoming a childminder.
There are opportunities across Argyll and Bute for registered childminders who have at least one year’s experience and who have undertaken their first inspection and received a grade of good or above.
There are also prospects for school leavers and people returning to work who may be interested in embarking on a career in childminding.
Argyll and Bute Council might be able to offer start-up grants of up to £ 500 to perspective childminders as a way of enabling them to embark on a new career.
The Scottish Government announced on July 20 that the entitlement to 600 hours of paid for early learning and childcare each year has been further extended to two-year- olds from low income households.
It has come into effect from this month, in addition to the existing entitlement for all three-andfour-year- old children.
For more information on how to apply for the additional support, people are advised to contact Argyll and Bute council’s Early Years’ service at earlyyears@ argyll-bute.gov.uk.