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Childcare service secures rescue plan

By Jamie Hall

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Direct Childcare
Direct Childcare

A VITAL support service for children with additional needs will remain open.

Direct Childcare, which provides care to more than 100 children in and around Inverness, had been threatened with closure due to funding problems.

However, it has now been saved by One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) and its Flexible Childcare Service. The firm will now continue to provide services while working on a long-term viability plan.

Executive manager Fiona Ednie said: “Since making the decision to close we have been working hard behind the scenes to find a solution and are delighted to report we have found a partner organisation with the funding and capacity to enable us to continue to provide the services we know are vitally important to families.”

Susan McGhee, director of OPFS flexible childcare services, said: “We are pleased to have been able to secure the funding needed to maintain Direct Childcare’s service provision and look forward to working with Fiona and her team to ensure long-term viability and we are committed to high-quality childcare solutions that meet the needs of children and families. It is our intention to retain the staff who have been providing care services.”

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