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Contact your local authority
Thinking of setting up childcare provision at a school? Some local authorities can offer support (sometimes through advice or small amounts of start-up assistance), so it could be worth making contact to find out what is available to help you get going. Be prepared by drawing up a business plan before you make contact and then ask your local authority if they can help you refine it. Also ask your local authority to direct you to examples of schools that are using pupil premium funding to boost achievement through before- and after-school activities/care.
The Pupil Premium in before- and after-school care
Toolkit for effective use of the Pupil Premium This toolkit, from the Education Endowment Foundation, suggests ways in which the funding per pupil can be used to raise achievement levels - in many cases through activities or programmes outside school hours. People who manage childcare provision on school sites, whether they are external organisations or school staff, would find this toolkit useful. In particular, look at the after-school programmes and early years intervention sections of the toolkit, which point out suggestions for how the funding could be used. Childcare and school staff can work together to negotiate how some of these funds can be used in after-school activities which are linked to pupils' learning plans with the aim of raising achievement levels.
Pupil Premium Funding Here is information on the Department for Education website about the pupil premium funding amounts for the period 2014 to 2015, illustrative allocations, identifying disadvantaged pupils, and so on.
New breakfast club funding
Magic Breakfast is currently offering funding, support and resources for schools that want to set up a breakfast club.
Other support for breakfast clubs
Why not also check out these popular sources of funding for breakfast clubs?
Awards for All: Overview and information from Big Lottery Fund This information clarifies who can apply for Awards for All grants and what the processes are. It has been sent to the Learning Exchange in response to a question asked on ‘BIG Advice’, which is the funder’s online chat service, on 11 September 2013. We asked if Awards for All grants can be used to fund out-of-school hours clubs that are part of a school’s childcare offer. The answer is yes, but please note that the Big Lottery Fund advises applications can take four months to be processed.
- Communication skills are hugely important for a successful life. Some children struggle to develop their communication abilities, though, for a variety of reasons. If your childcare setting, no matter where it is, wants to support such children to improve their skills, you may be interested in ICAN's Chatterbox Challenge during February 9 to 15 2015. You'll be offered a free fundraising pack with lots of ideas for activities in it, and you could even be in with a chance of winning up to £2,000 to spend on educational supplies which could make a nice contribution to helping you sustain your own provision. (Every little helps - and you could even have a visit from Ben and Holly!)
Sports England Small Grants If you would like to introduce a new sports activity into your holiday activities programme that would encourage more young people to get involved, you may want to have a look at what Sports England can offer. Be sure to read the pre-application notes.
- Wooden Spoon This organisation offers grants for projects that aim to improve the quality and prospect of life for children and young people with SEN or those who are socially disadvantaged, in the UK and Ireland. Grants are available to special needs schools (around £20,000 to £100,000, which represent 25 to 100 per cent of the total project's costs).
- Field Studies Council: Kids Fund This fund offers children and young people who are disadvantaged through their health, mobility, or their financial circumstances, the chance to get involved in a practical way with projects that focus on the environment.
- Football Foundation: Small Grants Pot Do you need to fix that football pitch or those changing rooms. This grant pot may be useful.
- The Ironmongers’ Company grants This organisation supports projects that offer children and young people from disadvantaged communities opportunities that develop their learning, motivation and skills (eg to support children with special education needs).