At the start of this school year, David Cameron made a commitment that parents would have a 'right to request' wraparound and holiday childcare from their child's school.
Creating an obligation to make schools provide this was a major concern for our members. We immediately entered into discussions with the DfE and secured a major win.
Rather than a statutory obligation, the DfE has issued guidance on how schools should treat such a request from a parent, or from a childcare provider who wants to use their premises for childcare.
The 'rights to request’ guidance, Wraparound and holiday childcare - Parent and childcare provider ‘rights to request' is intended to help maintained schools and academies (including free schools) understand how to respond to:
- parents’ requests that the school that their child attends considers establishing wraparound and / or holiday childcare
- childcare providers’ requests to use school facilities for wraparound and / or holiday provision at times when the school is not using them.
The ‘rights to request’ will help parents to work, or work for longer, by making more quality childcare available during the week and school holidays. The guidance aims to avoid imposing any unnecessary administration burdens on schools.
Schools themselves will take the lead in managing the ‘rights to request’ process and the final decision about what action to take.
The ‘right to request’ comes into effect in September 2016 and the DfE guidance can be downloaded from the gov.uk site here.
Page Published: 01/07/2016