Out of School Childcare & Under 5’s Initiative

Such was the success of the initiative that the Out of Schools Childcare Clubs established itself as an independent organisation at the end of 2001 and was re-named Clybiau Plant Cymru.


Photograph. Interior. Chwarae Teg's Jess Morgan reading aloud an illustrated story to a group of young children, Technium, Cardiff Bay.

The Out of School Childcare Grant

Initially introduced in 1993 by the Training and Enterprise Councils ( TECs ).

Development Officers worked with voluntary committees to develop clubs and allocated grants. The TECs worked closely with Chwarae Teg and Kids’ Clubs Network until the initiative ceased in March 1999.

The Out of School Childcare Grant was initially introduced in 1993 by the Training and Enterprise Councils ( TECs ) as a pump-priming initiative to improve the quantity and quality of childcare available outside school hours and during school holidays.

With the advent of the National Childcare Strategy in Wales ( consultative document June 1998 ) and the establishment of the New Opportunities Fund ( NOF ) in 1998, Out of School Childcare Clubs became part of the developing local patterns of childcare in the round planned for and supported by 22 Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships ( EYDCPs ) in Wales.

 

Developing support networks.

From April 1999 the Out Of School Childcare Clubs Development Team was managed by Chwarae Teg, their remit included – providing support, advice and guidance to existing Out of School Childcare Clubs; developing support networks; working with groups wishing to set up Out of School Childcare Clubs; providing support for funding applications, marketing and business planning; facilitating a training programme for new and existing clubs.

So was the success of the initiative that the Out of Schools Childcare Clubs established itself as an independent organisation at the end of 2001 and was re-named Clybiau Plant Cymru ( Wales Children’s Club ).

 

Under 5’s Initiative.

The Welsh Office Under 5’s Initiative was launched in 1995 and was managed by Chwarae Teg for four years, as a result of the findings of a childcare audit, which highlighted that lack of childcare is a major barrier for parents in Wales wishing to return to work or further education.

 

A significant impact.

This grant-aid initiative made a significant impact, creating 28 demonstration projects located throughout Wales, accessing over 1,000 places for children and creating over 150 jobs in the childcare sector. The demonstration projects supported included – 10 privately run day nurseries, 3 College linked day nurseries, 7 community businesses, 1 centre for children with disabilities and their families and 7 workplace day nurseries.