It was never anticipated that the Government’s original vision for ‘wrap-around’ childcare provision would, of necessity, be put in place by each individual institution. Collaborative ventures within local pyramids, suitably signposted for parents, could suffice. However, there has since been a recognition that this is more appropriate in the primary sector. For secondary aged young people this now relates to the provision of a ‘safe place to be’ before and after school hours.
HGS is one of a few schools in Kirklees to be participating in a local authority pilot scheme ‘A Safe Place to Be’.
- it is an extension of the ‘Extended School’ initiative, core offer;
- it is adaptation of the original strand seeking wraparound childcare between 8am and 6pm;
- it is pilot programme run by Kirklees through the Extended Learning Service, relating to the new vision of childcare in the Secondary sector;
- it seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable, productive environment for those pupils who may want or need to stay on premises out of school hours.
Between the hours of 8am and 5pm in term-time pupils on the premises have access to supervision and to a varied menu of regular extra-curricular activities and study support. The timetable is widely publicised. Additionally, there will be other activities which take place outside these times, sometimes encompassing evenings, weekends or holiday periods. Parents are notified of these opportunities in advance.
Where working parents need childcare outside this provision, further information may be obtained from:
Kirklees 'Children's Information Service'
Tel: 01484 223041
The childcare element of tax credits can be claimed for regular supervised provision up to the age of 15 (16 years for disabled children) and parents on low incomes may apply for assistance to meet any charges in this area.