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Tell us how you use childcare to help with future plans

Friday, 26 January 2024

We're asking families to take part in a short survey about their childcare needs, to help shape future plans.

We're one of 16 local authorities selected to co-design the government’s National Wraparound Childcare Programme.

The National Wraparound Childcare Programme aims to support families by providing extended childcare services beyond regular school hours, with things like breakfast clubs or after school clubs running until 6pm. Wraparound childcare can be offered by schools, or private, voluntary and independent providers including childminders and early years settings.

Many schools provide homework clubs, specific sports, music or craft sessions after school, but this is not defined as wraparound childcare, which is a paid provision and offers a wide range of activities and food for children.

We will be awarded a share of the £289 million start-up funding made available by the government to introduce new wraparound care programmes or increase the number of places available at already existing programmes. The programme will only focus on primary school-aged children from reception to year 6, Monday to Friday during term time.

We're now asking parents and carers to complete a survey to help understand their needs and plan for future demand.

Councillor Hayley Whitaker, our Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

This is a really important project and we’re delighted to be a part of it. By extending childcare services beyond school hours, parents will have the flexibility to pursue their careers while knowing that their children are enjoying fun activities in a safe environment.

It’s important that all families who need or want access to wraparound childcare can benefit from it because no family should face barriers in accessing quality childcare. That’s why it’s so important for parents and carers to take part in our survey; we want to make sure our offer meets their needs.

Visit our consultations page to complete the survey, which will be open until Monday 5 February 2024.

We've also shared surveys with schools and private, voluntary, independent organisations and childminders so they can have their say.

If you would like more information about the National Childcare Wraparound Programme and our involvement, please email: wraparoundchildcare@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.