Have your say on childcare and be in with a chance of winning £50 

Schools, Libraries and Learning
17:24, Wednesday, 8th May 2024

Parents and carers have the opportunity to shape before, after school and holiday childcare in North Lincolnshire by completing a short survey.  

Wrap around care is vital for some parents to enable them to work or study knowing their child is cared for in a fun environment where they can play games, have a snack and even do their homework. It is an opportunity for children to spend time with their friends in a relaxed environment away from the classroom environment.  

Care can be offered on a school site by the school or an independent provider or close to the school in a childminders home or at an out of school club, nursery or pre-school that also offers childcare for older children. 

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families and communities, said: 

“The Government is investing £253m over two years in before and after school provision for working families. Almost all schools in North Lincolnshire offer before and after school care either themselves or in partnership.   

“As a council we want to determine if what is available is meeting parents needs to enable them to work and train or whether there needs to be more places and places in different areas to where they are currently. This is an opportunity for parents to give their views and help to shape the local offer for before and after school in term time and holiday club provision that is available locally in their community.” 

There are three surveys to ensure all opinions are captured: 

Before, after school and holiday childcare – What do you think? 

Not using before, after school and holiday childcare – Does it meet your needs? 

Child starting school in September what are your childcare needs? 

All families that complete a survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 voucher.  

Families can receive support with the cost of wraparound childcare either through Tax Free Childcare through which the Government contributes £2 for every £8 paid into the childcare account, or from the Universal Credits childcare element contributing 80 per cent towards the cost of childcare. 

This offer compliments the funded early education offer that is being rolled out over the next year for children over nine months to school age, whereby on completion of the roll out children of working parents will be eligible for up to 30 funded hours of early education per week for 38 weeks per year.  Helping families with the cost of childcare and making going back to work more affordable and worthwhile for some parents.   

You have until Friday 7 June to have you say on childcare in North Lincolnshire.