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Wraparound care, breakfast club and holiday care


Traditionally, schools were centres of learning which focused exclusively on the educational experiences of children and young people. Today, the role of schools has grown to encompass a range of other services and activities that benefit parents. Included within this range of services are breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs and holiday schemes which are often referred to as wraparound childcare provision.

In today’s society ever increasing demands are placed upon adults in their working life and the expectation that a child can be dropped off at 9am and collected at 3.30pm is not realistic or feasible for many parents. For many parents there is not the option of being able to rely on extended family members living close by to help them out with childcare. In addition to the hours of schooling, parents are increasingly looking towards schools providing care before and after school and during the school holidays. For some, this is an important factor in their selection of a school.

Providing out of hours care within a school can have enormous benefits; intellectually, creatively and socially. The children are already familiar with the setting and as long as there is a clear distinction between the “school” day activities and those offered before/after school hours, providing a child with a safe and familiar environment - a “home from home”. Opportunities for them to develop their social skills readily present themselves in this type of setting. By having the opportunity to mix with other children of different ages, it provides a larger social group for them to interact with and the chance to practise skills such as sharing and cooperation.

At Kent College Preparatory our wraparound care provision is an important aspect of our school. The girls experience an educational setting where they feel valued, supported and encouraged not only academically but also in the less formal wraparound provision provided by well qualified and familiar staff.

Cost is an important issue and we provide after school care until 5.40pm each day for girls aged 3-11 years at no extra cost. If parents require their daughters to stay on after time (until 7.30pm at the latest) then charges apply.

Mornings are often a rush and a time of tension to ensure that everyone is ready by a certain time. At Kent College, our girls can take advantage of breakfast club where for a small charge they can have a choice of hot/cold breakfast and eat with the boarders in a family setting, taking time to digest their food and talk to their friends before the start of the school day. This enables their parents to make their journeys to work at a time convenient to them.

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