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When your child reaches school age your childcare needs will change, but you may still need help before or after the school day. If you are working or studying you many have to start early or finish late, or you may need childcare in the school holidays.
The Kent Children and Families Information Service is here to help you sort out the best care to meet your individual needs. As times, costs and services on offer vary so greatly the team at the CFIS is best placed to help you work out your best options. Call them FREE on 08000 32 32 30.
Many schools offer an extended range of services for pupils and their families. This includes things like breakfast, homework and sports clubs. Schools offering extended services are usually open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Schools will always try to keep costs down but you will usually need to pay for childcare and some clubs. If you are on a low income a range of financial help is available to make these costs more affordable.
After school clubs are often based on school premises but they can also be based at youth clubs, village halls and community centres. They can either be run by the schools themselves or by private or voluntary organisations. Clubs provide a safe place to play, relax and socialise. Some clubs that are not attached to schools can collect children from their school at the end of the day.
After school clubs are usually open from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm during term time – although some are also open in the school holidays. On average, after school clubs cost around £7.00 per session but prices vary.
These are usually found in schools and open from around 7.30 to 8.00 am. They cost from £2.00 a day but this varies.
These clubs can be offered by schools or private or voluntary organisations. They can be based on school premises, or in youth clubs, village halls and community centres. They offer a wide range of play activities during the school holidays.
Holiday playschemes are usually open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm during the summer holidays. Some also open during Easter and half term breaks. On average holiday playschemes cost £20.00 per day but as this varies contact the Kent Children and Families Information Service for more details.
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