Wednesday 18 October 2017

UK schools urged to let pupils sleep over

John Bingham London

BRITISH schools are being urged to stay open until 6pm and even offer sleepovers for pupils to ease the pressure of childcare on parents.

A government report on lowering the cost of childcare promises to cut red tape to make it easier for schools to open privately run nurseries on their premises and for private firms to run breakfast and after-school clubs.

Staff-to-children ratios for out-of-hours activities in schools are to be reduced from one adult for eight children to one to 30, despite controversy over earlier government plans to do so in nurseries.

Top-performing nurseries and childcare providers will no longer have to use council-approved training for staff if it duplicates what they are already doing. Outside schools, restrictions will be eased so that friends paid to care for children will not have to be registered as childminders.

Irish Independent

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