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School will be closed at lunchtime one day a week from Sept

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Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:25:04

The school (primary) had just informed the parents that they will be closing at lunchtime on one day a week from September to facilitate "planning".
I don't even know what to say. AIBU to think it is ridiculous? I am a single working parent, not sure how I am supposed to work around this. Extra childcare for these 3.5 hours at the local childminders rates will be £56 a week (two children here). Or two grand a year post tax. I probably will be told I am BU (I probably am), just very anxious right now.

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dementedpixie Tue 14-Jul-20 09:27:38

Think this happens in Edinburgh on a Friday- closes at 1pm. Dont know what working parents do tbh

GreyishDays Tue 14-Jul-20 09:28:59

We work around it, but it’s different when there’s been years to get used to it. The number of hours is the same anyway.

Realityofsen Tue 14-Jul-20 09:29:14

A lot of schools are doing it currently as the bubbles means teachers need their PPA time

TeenPlusTwenties Tue 14-Jul-20 09:29:18

demented In Edinburgh a lot of bigger businesses (at least used to) close at 1pm Friday too.

SandieCheeks Tue 14-Jul-20 09:30:14

It is really difficult - schools are trying to follow guidelines and keep everyone safe. One of the issues it that they can't have other teachers coming in to classes to cover class teacher's planning time, so this is probably their way of tackling that.
My children's school has decided not to run wraparound.

GingerAndTheBiscuits Tue 14-Jul-20 09:31:35

A number of schools were doing this pre-Covid due to staff shortages. I don’t know what the solution is though

Sharpandshineyteeth Tue 14-Jul-20 09:31:57

It’s really shocking and going to disproportionately affect women.

Could you group together with 3 or 4 others mums and take it in turns to have to kids for that afternoon?

SandieCheeks Tue 14-Jul-20 09:32:03

Will you qualify for uinversal credit to cover the childcare?

Or tax free childcare? That will save 20%

BuffaloCauliflower Tue 14-Jul-20 09:32:41

It’s not “planning” as you put so incredulously, it’s PPA time that all teachers are legally required to have each week to prepare everything for the next week, which takes a lot of time believe it or not. The half day a week per teacher is usually covered by TAs and support staff but as these TAs aren’t allowed to cross bubbles they have no other way of doing this except to close for that time. They’re not doing it to piss you off and I think many schools will have to use this tactic.

Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:33:56

SandieCheeks
No, I don't get benefits to help with childcare.

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GreyishDays Tue 14-Jul-20 09:34:48

TeenPlusTwenties

demented In Edinburgh a lot of bigger businesses (at least used to) close at 1pm Friday too.

Don’t see that among our friends so it’s not widespread.

SandieCheeks Tue 14-Jul-20 09:34:55

Ilovecranberries

SandieCheeks
No, I don't get benefits to help with childcare.

If you don't qualify for UC then you should get tax free childcare unless you have a very high income.

BuffaloCauliflower Tue 14-Jul-20 09:35:21

@Ilovecranberries Tax Free Childcare isn’t benefits, it’s a scheme you can pay into and the government tops up what you put in

Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:36:58

BuffaloCauliflower
Planning is exactly what it says in the school newsletter. Well, hurray for it, what can I say. The whole class is happily mixing in the playground just outside the school gates every day for a couple of hours, but of course it must be completely different inside the school.

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GinDrinker00 Tue 14-Jul-20 09:38:24

My kids school are doing this but making the rest of the days longer. So they can deep clean the school.
Ask the school what you’re suppose to do, they might keep it open for working parents.

SandieCheeks Tue 14-Jul-20 09:38:43

Ilovecranberries

BuffaloCauliflower
Planning is exactly what it says in the school newsletter. Well, hurray for it, what can I say. The whole class is happily mixing in the playground just outside the school gates every day for a couple of hours, but of course it must be completely different inside the school.

It's not really the school's fault if parents are choosing not to follow guidelines after school though, they can only do what the government is asking of them as best they can.

Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:40:13

Tax Free Childcare isn’t benefits, it’s a scheme you can pay into and the government tops up what you put in
Well, that is 20% off. The remaining 80% is still the difference between us having a holiday next year and not. No, we won't starve, of course, and holidays are not essential. I am probably just pissed off with the lockdown and everything, and this was quite an unwelcome last drop.

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ilovesooty Tue 14-Jul-20 09:42:27

PPA is a requirement OP whether you put it in inverted commas or not.

MalificentJones Tue 14-Jul-20 09:42:43

It’s so they don’t have to cover every single teacher and TAs planning time. Everyone can have it at once.

It’s becoming more and more common.

A supply teacher costs the school about £200 a day and will usually cover one class in the morning and another in the afternoon so the teacher can have their PPA time. Some schools cover this with TAs but class TAs are becoming more and more rare. TAs who also teach will also need PPA time too. You can’t use a TA who is one-to-one with a child.

orangesandapplesandpearsohmy Tue 14-Jul-20 09:43:02

I'd be happy with that for primary school, the hours are too long for those aged kids anyway. Would be better that it's a Friday I think as then you get a longer weekend.
School is for education, not childcare - lots of people seem to forget that.

dootball Tue 14-Jul-20 09:43:13

but teachers are allowed to move across different bubbles in September - exactly like they will be doing in secondary schools.

Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:44:35

Could you group together with 3 or 4 others mums and take it in turns to have to kids for that afternoon?
To be honest, I am not qualified to look after several 5-6 year old, and really would not like the responsibility. I am not acquainted with any parents in the school either - I used to be the first one to drop off children in the morning into the early start group.

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Ilovecranberries Tue 14-Jul-20 09:46:53

I'd be happy with that for primary school, the hours are too long for those aged kids anyway. Would be better that it's a Friday I think as then you get a longer weekend.
I guess it is time for me to go and eat cake instead of bread, isn't it? Long weekend, how lovely.

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Hercwasonaroll Tue 14-Jul-20 09:47:37

Not sure why you couldn't look after 3-4 other kids once a month. It would be cheaper and is a good solution.

It's shit for everyone. Schools are forced into this by stupid policies.

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