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Rescue package saves Highland childcare service

By Jamie Hall

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Direct Childcare
Direct Childcare

A SERVICE which provides vital care for children with additional support needs has been saved from closure.

Direct Childcare had been due to close on December 31 after what the organisation described as “significant funding challenges”.

That would have left more than 100 children, many with complex care needs, and their families without crucial support.

However, Direct Childcare has now entered a rescue package with One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) which operates a flexible childcare service. The plan will allow the organisation to continue to provide care services to children across the Highlands while also working on a strategy to ensure its long-term viability.

Direct Childcare’s executive manager Fiona Ednie said: “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 in Highland.”

Susan McGhee, director of OPFS flexible childcare services, said: “It is our intention to retain the staff who have been providing care services to ensure continuity for children and families.”

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