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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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Funding, training and events, childcare news

Tune into funding alerts. Here are two: Special Education Needs schools may want to approach the Foyle Foundation; or try the Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots programme for ideas and funding. Also, Kellogg's offers help to run breakfast clubs.

Training and events: Our free workshops: local authority staff may also be interested. Please get in touch.

How will Ofsted's new Early Years inspection regime affect your setting? Find an Ofsted Inspection Workshop near you.

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News from Ofsted: Childcare settings judged as requiring improvement probably won't receive monitoring visits soon after. 

Tips for setting up school-based childcare. Ask our team...

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Tip 1: When deciding which features you want in a childcare business software package, make two lists - a 'needs' list and a 'nice to have list'.
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Tip 2: Take a blended approach to staffing school-based childcaare. Include chldcare and after-school duties in staff job descriptions.
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Meet 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.

 

Download this list of FAQs.

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, near Wigan: This Academy uses its back office support and administration services to make its school-based childcare and holiday provision more viable.

 

Tor View Community Special School, Haslingden, Lancs: This school manages its own provision, helps all the staff to take ownership of and embrace the provision. 'It's also such a good advert for the school!' Andy Squire, Principal. 

 

Read more case studies. And please tell us about challenges your school has overcome - we'd especially love to hear how Special Education schools offer school-based childcare.