In April we launched our 'Stories From The Frontline Project' seeking stories from out of school care services which were still open and providing critical childcare during the COVID-19 crisis. At that stage we thought about 16% of services were open. We are now pleased to be able to share stories from services across Scotland: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Highland, Renfrewshire and Scottish Borders.
Some of the services are providing all day care for school-age children, others are providing wrap-around care for educational hubs; some are providing care for pre-school children as well and some are providing specialist care for children with additional support needs.
The one thing that all have in common is that they are able to provide safe but stimulating play, care and learning for the children and young people.
We are still seeking stories from services providing critical childcare- if you would like to share yours, email us:
In this document we have collated further information and reflections on the approaches that services have taken whilst open during the current COVID situation. Some of the services have also contributed individual stories below. Please read the stories to see how they have tackled and overcome issues, and implemented enhanced cleaning and infection prevention control procedures.
SCAMPS is an out of school care based in a scout hall in Aberdeen and currently delivering critical childcare in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. Read and watch their story here:
Airyhall Hub is one of the critical childcare hubs run directly by Aberdeen City Council. Read and watch their story here:
Lincluden After School Group specialise in out of school care for children with additional support needs, they are currently running critical childcare in Dumfries. Read their story here:
MACS usually operate out of school care from 10 sites in East Renfrewshire and 1 in Glasgow. From March to June they were operating 1 site for critical childcare but recently they have increased the number of sites. Read their story here:
Kingsmeadow are a nursery and out of school care based in Peebles. They are currently providing critical childcare mostly for pre-school children as well as a few school-age children. Read their story here:
Flexible Childcare Services are operating critical childcare hubs in Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Inverness. Read their story here:
KLAS Care are currently operating all day critical childcare for school-age childcare in partnership with the local authority. Watch their videos here:
KLAS Childcare CiC - safe working methods during COVID-19
A huge thank you again to KLAS Childcare for making this video to share their safe working methods during the current situation.
NB In general, the Care Inspectorate do not recommend temperature-taking for entry into a service. However, this was one of the many additional measures that KLAS implemented in their initial risk-assessment back at the start of the crisis. Their CI inspector has agreed it is OK to continue with this so long as children and parents are happy with it and it is not compulsory. KLAS has said this, along with all other risk assessments, will be reviewed in August.
COJAC is an Achieving Quality Scotland Gold Award out of school care service in Glasgow providing school-age childcare to children with ASN and complex needs. COJAC have provided critical childcare since the start of the COVID situation. Read their story here:
The Saturday Cafe is an Achieving Quality Scotland Gold Award out of school care service in Glasgow providing school-age childcare to children with ASN and complex needs. The Saturday Cafe re-opened in June to provide critical childcare. Read about their re-opening process. Read their story here: