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Schools should 'provide sleepovers' to help parents with cost of childcare

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Itchyandscratchy Tue 16-Jul-13 19:28:39



Trigglesx Thu 18-Jul-13 19:08:25

When DD was young, DP and I used a childcare center that was open until midnight 6 days a week because we both worked evening shift. It was brilliant. Hot meals in the evening, activities for the children. And cots for them to sleep on with a mostly regular bedtime (bit later on Fridays and Saturday). They just had a couple shifts of childcare workers instead of just the dayshift workers. It was slightly more expensive than dayshift hours, but not hugely so, still affordable. And we were happy to have it available to us. They are few and far between.

Trigglesx Thu 18-Jul-13 19:09:02

Ooops. It was OPEN 6 days a week, we only used it 3 days a week, due to our shiftwork/days off. blush

exoticfruits Thu 18-Jul-13 19:12:49

The fecking beds again. Grrr

The title of the thread is Schools should 'provide sleepovers' to help parents with cost of childcare

Knowing the exaggeration of the media though, that sleepover may have been an organised sleepover! Some schools have that not as a 'helping parents' thing - but rather like a fun residential-but-at-school activity

I can see that happening-I'm sure it has- because you just need a mattress and sleeping bag. It is however for the benefit of the child and no good at all to the parent-unless by pure chance it fits in with being away for work.

I expect school staff would do it as a one off for the DCs. It is no help to parents and it doesn't help with the cost of childcare. To be of help to parents you need a regular service, beds and separate staff. No one has said where the beds will go and no one has explained how it would be affordable.

rabbitstew Thu 18-Jul-13 19:17:21

That's journalists for you - never let facts or common sense get in the way of a good fiction.

Tanith Thu 18-Jul-13 19:24:30

I did know of a nursery that tried to do the 24 hour thing and they were stopped by OFSTED. I think they would have been classed as a residential home and the legislation and standards they would have had to comply with made it not worth their while.

rabbitstew Thu 18-Jul-13 19:33:52

Ah, but we know the government response to that one - cut all this ridiculous red tape and make it easier for nurseries to provide 24-hour care. It worked with the banks, so now introduce cutting red tape to the childcare sector. Hurrah! It will save loads of money to let them get on with it without so much supervision and fuss. Anyway, schools can provide the supervision by hosting such places - you know, those schools which no-one is supervising any more because they were outstanding last time they were inspected, many moons ago.

exoticfruits Thu 18-Jul-13 19:35:19

I was going to make a comment on the nursery 24hour idea, but I don't think I am tough enough even with a hard hat!!

merrymouse Fri 19-Jul-13 13:44:14

The Natural History Museum offers sleepovers, too - doesn't mean it will take in kids willy nilly every day!

And why not? Surely the only thing standing between the Natural History Museum and PGL is red tape???

morethanpotatoprints Fri 19-Jul-13 13:52:39

Er, could you imagine dc in this weather not having a shower. Poooey!

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