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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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Set up school-based childcare
Dismantle the barriers and find resources for each step.

Childminders working with schools 
Childminders can run all or part of school-based childcare.

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Funding, training and events, childcare news

FUNDING ALERTS
Pupil Premium in school-based childcare
   Pupil Premium Funds may help to support some aspects of school-based childcare provision.

Magic Breakfast    For breakfast club funding, support and resources for schools.

Awards for All   Download information clarifying who can apply for Awards for All grants and what processes are involved.

These and more here...

TRAINING AND EVENTS

Our next free workshops    Two in Birmingham at the Family Action 'Values in Action' Conference on 21 January 2015. The workshops and conference are free of charge, so be sure to book your place soon.

CATCH UP WITH NEWS
Thinking of starting a childcare business?   The need for high-quality, flexible and accessible childcare has never been greater - and why not set up on a school site? This could be a good time to do so.

EBOLA   A risk assessment flowchart, plus advice and information for schools, early years professionals and childcare providers.

Question and tips... Ask the Childcare in Schools team

A QUESTION FROM TANDRIDGE, SURREY 
Our school’s childcare provision, run by an outside agency, hasn’t gone too well. We are now considering running it internally, ourselves. When we're taking over the provision, do you have advice about any pitfalls we should be aware of so we can make this successful?  Find the answer here.

COME TO A FREE WORKSHOP
Send your questions to us in advance and help build up know-how about setting up school-based childcare. Find out more.

 

FIND TIPS
Do you need advice about insurance for your childcare provision, how to solve transport issues, what software to choose for your business? Try this page...  

MORE ADVICE
If you have any questions about setting up full-year/full-day school-based childcare and holiday activities, please contact a member of the Childcare in Schools team or send us an email.
We'll do our best to find you an answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

FIND A CASE STUDY
Unique Kidz and Co at The Loyne Specialist School, Lancaster offers flexible, year-round childcare to children with special educational needs and accepts siblings in the holidays.
Atherton St. George's C of E Primary School's Breakfast Club has hugely improved this school.
More case studies...

Tell us what makes your school-based childcare succeed. Also, schools for children with SEND face unique challenges - we'd like to hear about what works.

Why re-invent wheels? Find a ready-made template...

THIS MONTH'S PICKS
Setting up school-based childcare?
You'll need to consult parents about what they need. Here's a ready-made invitation to a parents'/carers' consultation event - just fill in the blanks.

Constituting your provision   Once you have decided which organisational model to use for your school-based childcare, you may want to adapt this template for a basic constitution to fit your needs.