We are aware that many of you have a number of questions following the Deputy First Ministers announcement that schools and nurseries will close from 20 March 2020.

In particular, there have been questions from the independent and voluntary sectors and childminders and what this means for them. Currently, local authorities are developing plans to support key workers childcare arrangements. Scottish Government are working on fact sheets for daycare and childminding providers with more detailed information, as soon as these are ready we will send these to you.

We appreciate these are very challenging times for you as you remain committed to providing high quality services for your children and families. We will continue to support you in any we can.