We’re new but we have a long established history.
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland was successfully launched as an SCIO in 2019 after One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS), Scotland’s national single parent organisation, found that parents they were supporting were unable to engage in training, education or employment due to the lack of flexible childcare provision.
To better support these families OPFS created two childcare centres in Aberdeenshire and Dundee that offered high quality, flexible childcare solutions.
Although the centres were designed for one parent families, they were open to all, and provided a unique service that gave parents greater flexibility to engage in activities that would help them achieve a positive work life balance.
However, OPFS felt that their core service should remain focused on single parent families and therefore they created us, Flexible Childcare Services Scotland – the only charity in Scotland to deliver a sustainable, high quality, flexible and affordable childcare service that is accessible to all.
We now have our own centres in Dundee, Inverness, Keith and across Aberdeenshire and we have created the means for other childcare providers, including workplace nurseries, to adopt our model and deliver flexible solutions for the families they already support.
Vision & Values
At Flexible Childcare Services Scotland, our vision is simple; to enable every child, family, and community to access the individual early learning support and childcare services they need to thrive.
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) has been created to challenge the inflexibility of current childcare provision across the country. Our approach has been developed with the children, families, practitioners and professionals that use it.
Meet the Team
Our core team consists of highly qualified and experienced practitioners each of whom brings a different set of skills and talents to our team, working together to deliver an exceptional childcare experience.
FCSS is governed by an experienced board of trustees who are responsible for the strategic management of FCSS, controlling and supervising our activities, setting a vision for the organisation, and running FCSS in a way that achieves these aims.
At FCSS, we regularly create new and unique publications, reports, and resources to promote the benefits of flexible childcare, ensuring that families and professionals have the information they need.
Thanks to Flexible Childcare Services Scotland I’ve been able to start a new job that works out the same as my daughters nursery times. This means I’m able to work without missing out on any time with her as when I’m at work she’s in a playful learning environment with her friends just like she’s would be at school.
Fayth – March 2022
Using families at home has been amazing for me, it means I was able to return to education for 2 years and I’m now able to work knowing my daughter is safe and happy. My little ones loves coming to day care the staff are always friendly and helpful and are always on hand to do anything they can to help you.
Jenna – October 2017
We love the Daycare Service because of the flexibility and the staff! It has meant that we can still both work but have high quality childcare that we are not just working to pay for so it has enhanced our quality of life too. The staff are all amazing with our daughter and us as worried parents too!
Deborah – October 2017
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland empowers me to be a working mother. Without the flexibility of the service, I may not have been financially able to return to work.
Laura – April 2018
The flexibility of the service made it possible for me to start doing a degree at the university. Being able to book my child for exactly the hours I need has been invaluable both financially and in terms of convenience.
Jane – February 2019
Without the flexibility of the service we would be paying out 4 x as much in childcare. We are lucky to have my mother in law help 2 days a week. I am a nurse who works shifts therefore our requirements vary on a weekly basis.
Ashley – October 2017
Amazing nursery and staff. All natural resources which is amazing and its all child led. Both my girls love going and have learned and came on so much. The staff are amazing at their job and go above and beyond to help. Always there to support parents and children. Can’t recommend the team and nursery enough.
Samantha – March 2022