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School-based childcare models for older children
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Is school-based childcare still just a twinkle in your eye?
We offer lots of advice sheets for every step.
Set up your steering group.
Reassure staff and get everyone on board.
Start your planning here.

Funding, training and events, childcare news

Tune into funding alerts.

Wooden Spoon: Grants for projects aiming to improve the quality of life for children and young people with special needs or those who are socially disadvantaged.

 

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

Headteachers want extra-curricular activities to be included in league tables. Let's hope school-based childcare will be included too.

Early Years Educator training: Changes to entry requirements from 1 September 2014. (GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or higher needed. More news here.

Ask the Family Action Childcare in Schools Team...

Tip 1
Training: If you can't release childcare staff easily for special needs training, try online courses. Many are available and some are free. More here… or join us at a workshop for ideas.

 

Tip 2
Gaining that crucial staff 'buy-in': Discuss your childcare plans with your your staff; invite some to join your steering group. 
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

Central+ at Central Foundation Girls' School in East London:
Pupils enjoy the wide range of challenging and exciting activities on offer, while parents appreciate being able to access local, safe childcare.

 

Castle Wood School (Coventry)   As this school has children with additional needs, it requires a higher ratio of staff to each child. This causes running costs to be higher than other services. Read about how the has school approached sustaining its provision.

 

Read more case studies.

Please tell us about whatever 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.