Some private nurseries and childminders require a deposit to secure a child's place. The Scottish Government has launched a pilot scheme to help cover the costs of childcare deposits for parents.
The scheme is available in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway for children aged 0-2 years old. In order to find out if you are eligible you can check Early Years Scotland - Deposit Guarantee Scheme. The scheme is accepting applications until 21 December 2018.