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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

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 a range of challenging and exciting activities; parents can access local, safe after-school care.

Castle Wood School (Coventry)   A higher ratio of staff to each child causes running costs of this school's provision to be higher than other services. Read how provision is sustained.

Drumbeat School and ASD Service   This school's provision is managed by committed school staff and offers parents of pupils with special needs full-year school-based childcare.


Read more case studies.

Please tell us about any challenges your school has overcome when setting up full-year school-based childcare.

We would especially like to hear from special schools that offer school-based childcare.