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School-based childcare models for older children
Chess biking and football activities
Find ideas and other useful resources in our library
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'Dismantling the Barriers' FREE workshops - find out more...
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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

Family Friendly week   Join the Family and Childcare Trust in the week 20 to 27 October to celebrate UK families - cook, share and laugh together.

Our next free workshops    Bolton on 5 November and Greenwich London on 12 November. Get in touch soon!

CATCH UP WITH NEWS
Consultation: Better inspection for all   Will Ofsted's common inspection  framework be fit for schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings? Have your say by 5 December.

Children's Centres Census 2014: Children's centres are under pressure to support disadvantaged and troubled families despite funding challenges.  

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

A QUESTION FROM LINCOLNSHIRE 
We need creative ideas for after-school provision, ideas 'outside the box'! How do we make our provision financially viable? And we also need clarity regarding legal guidance - ie can a school run after-school provision itself, without restrictions? Do we need to notify the authorities that we are an after-school care provider? 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.

HERE'S A TIP
How to gain that crucial staff 'buy-in': always discuss your childcare plans with your your staff; invite some to join your steering group.  More here…

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

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

Unique Kidz and Co, based at The Loyne Specialist School in Lancaster
This provider offers flexible, year-round childcare to parents who have children with special education needs. It also accepts siblings in the holidays.

Atherton St. George's C of E Primary School's Breakfast Club
The breakfast club at St George's has made a huge contribution to improving the school.

Acorn Childcare at Meadowside PS, Kettering
Acorn, at Meadowside PS, has found solutions to challenges, such as managing children's behaviour, sharing space at the school and cleaning arrangements.

Read more case studies.

Please tell us how your school has overcome challenges when setting up full-year school-based childcare. What makes it successful? Do you have  tips for others about sustaining provision?

Providing childcare and holiday activities for children with special needs involves particular, unique challenges - for example, arranging suitable regular transport and finding enough qualified staff. We would like to hear from any schools that have found solutions to these and other challenges.