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School-based childcare models for older children
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Designing appealing holiday activities for older children
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Is school-based childcare still just a twinkle in your eye?
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Apply to Magic Breakfast for funding to start up a breakfast club at your school.


Training and events:

Our free childcare in schools workshops: for school staff, childcare providers working in schools, local authorities, governors etc. 


Catch up with news

The DfE publishes a research report into access to out-of-hours care in primary schools.

More here.

Ask the Family Action Childcare in Schools Team...

Tip 1
Transport: Aim for economies of scale - share the hire of vehicles or minibuses  with other schools.
More here…


Tip 2
Promote inclusive activities in your provision: use smaller playing areas so that players of all skill levels can join in.
More here…


For more tips or advice:

Contact the Childcare in Schools team.
Ask us a question about developing your full-year/full-day school-based childcare and holiday activities offer for older children.



Here's a list of FAQs.

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

Read why school-based holiday childcare would be so useful to this parent:
'I work 9 to 5 four days a week and get 25 days holiday a year. This does not even remotely cover the amount of time a child would be out of school.'


Billinge St. Aidan's C of E Primary School near Wigan  
Only ten or eleven children attended this after-school club until headteacher Melanie Ravenscroft took it in hand. It's now working at full capacity.


Read more case studies.

Please tell us about the challenges your school has overcome when setting up 8am to 6pm childcare and holiday provision - 50 weeks a year.
We would especially like to hear from special schools that offer school-based childcare.