Outstanding school first in country to open its own childminding agency

The Bolton News is claiming that an outstanding school in Bolton has taken the care of children to another level by becoming the first in the country to launch a childminding agency.

St Bede Academy in Morris Green says opening the agency is a natural development for it, following on from the success of its nationally recognised wraparound care, which includes five nurseries and seven out-of-school-clubs…

Headteacher Jack Hatch said: “We understand not all parents would like a nursery or an after school club for their child and we feel through the agency we can offer our families all available option of high quality childcare…

 “We are designed as a ‘one stop shop’ to provide quality childcare for parents along with effective support for both new and established childminders.”

St Bede Academy become the first in the country to register to launch its childminding agency under a new government initiative to support childminders with training and advice to provide parents with easy to quality childcare. It was one of two school taking part in the scheme, the rest were mostly local councils… 

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  1. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove as a parent – sounds interesting. As an educator I worry that the purpose of school gets blurred. It’s not just childcare!

  2. cia262

    SchoolsImprove Should public money be used for such purpose? Unfair competition, given private alternatives raise private money?

  3. How many times can an agency be launched?  The article suggests the childminding agency is a new initiative.  But in February 2015 the Bolton News said St Bede had already won national recognition for its childminding agency. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11810123.Bolton_primary_school_praised_by_government_minister_for_helping_disadvantaged_children/
    Ofsted says the agency was actually registered in October 2014 http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/CA000001

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