Child care cover in­creased

The Oban Times - - News -

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@ ar­

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