Childminder is first in Forres to provide state-funded service
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A CHILDMINDER in Forres is the first in the town to provide a state-funded service.
Diane's Childminding, an independent home-based service on Castle Street run by qualified mother, Diane Bremner, will be providing Government-funded childcare from August, working in partnership with Moray Council.
Mrs Bremner said: "From August 2020 there will be 1140 funded hours of care allocated annually - up from 600 - for all children aged three-four-years-old, plus eligible two-year-olds. Parents can choose to split the hours between nursery and childminding, offering greater flexibility.
"The registration period for places ends on January 31."
Mrs Bremner pointed out that places for funded childcare are available on a term-time basis from 9am-3pm, and extra hours may be available at extra cost.
She added: " It’s a great opportunity for childminders to get recognition for the hard work we provide in creating early learning experience.
"I have been child-minding for five years. I provide a safe, secure and happy service with the highest quality care, complying fully with the national standards of an early learning provider."
A local authority spokeswoman confirmed it has been rolling out the Scottish Government's early learning and childcare expansion across Moray over the last two years.
She said: "In Moray, this is delivered by a combination of school nurseries, independent (private and third sector) early learning and childcare providers, and childminders.
"Registration is available online where your first choice centre is a Moray Council nursery."
See http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_116586.html for more information.