CHILDMINDERS in Helensburgh and Lomond are to receive a three figure grant from the Scottish Government to help them cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus restrictions.

Every caregiver in Scotland who is registered with the Care Inspectorate will be given £750 as part of a £3.2 million “sustainability investment” in the industry.

Children’s minister Maree Todd said: “Childminders are a vital and valued part of our childcare sector, providing high quality care and learning in a safe and nurturing environment.

READ MORE: Council delays decision to give cash to Argyll and Bute events

“Just as many other childcare providers have experienced financial pressures as a result of the pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on them, childminders too have raised genuine concern about the future sustainability of their businesses.”

While up to £1 million had been planned for need-assessed grants, additional resource has been invested to ensure payments can be made to all registered childminders.

More information on applying for the one-time grant will be made available on the Scottish Government’s website in the coming weeks.

Read all the latest Helensburgh and Lomond headlines here