There seems to be some misunderstanding about after-school care. It is not the school or the authority who provide this. These service are provided by a number of private businesses who have been approved by the authority. They run before and after school care as a business and this has to be financially viable for them.
I am really hoping that we will have enough parents who will require this service and that one of these partners will set up a provision in St Bernadette’s. I will do my best to make this happen but as I say, they need to have enough numbers to make this a financially viable option. As soon as I have enough information about numbers I can take this forward.
If we do not have enough parents using the service in year one to set this up in St Bernadette’s, I have been assured by ‘First for Kids’ that they can collect the children and take them to nearest provision.
I am really hoping that there will be enough demand in year one for the provision to take place in the school but this will not be my decision. I will approach all of the provisions when I have number to give them.
I will send out a letter with a tear-off slip to gather final numbers.
I hope this helps clarify the situation.