Summer holiday clubs for school children

We need to know how much children will be allowed to move out and about come the summer holidays and also what facilities will be in place to cover child care needs and activities to provide outlets for our children.

Why the contribution is important

Having been in lockdown for a long time, and then with the school summer holidays - another period of time away from school/their peers - children will need some form of stimulus and for some we will need child care.

by Womble1005 on May 05, 2020 at 03:20PM

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Average rating: 4.1
Based on: 9 votes


  • Posted by ClaireRQ May 05, 2020 at 15:55

    I agree that three months is a very long period of time for children not to mix and socialise with other children.
  • Posted by NR7784 May 05, 2020 at 15:55

  • Posted by LinkTriforce May 05, 2020 at 16:26

    Careful consideration needs to be given to how to support Childcare for workers as businesses reopen - Childcare services are likely to be in high demand from parents who have been at home with their children for months. We need to ensure that only those who need the service to be able to work can access a service and not use it for respite. Opening a childcare service puts staff lives at risk - social distancing in these settings is very difficult and risk of infection spreading is just as high as "limited opening of schools". Don't just move the issue somewhere else.
  • Posted by LauraJones May 07, 2020 at 08:16

    Agree, holiday clubs and summer camps should be allowed to resume. These are vital for parents to return to work and for the socialisation of children too
  • Posted by Daddy_Daycare May 07, 2020 at 15:54

    Agree, summer holiday clubs would be very useful for working parents who need care however there is another potential advantage for the government. Summer holiday clubs could be used as test beds to see how the virus behaves when small groups are permitted again. If you add up the capacity of all the summer holiday clubs in Scotland it is a very small percentage of the total number of children in the country. Therefore if holiday clubs willing to follow the care inspectorate operating guidelines for COVID 19 were allowed to open then the government could monitor the settings and wait to see if infection spreads. This could be an invaluable learning opportunity to see if opening schools in August will work or if the plans need tweaked at all.
    I say this as the owner of after school clubs in Edinburgh, we run a summer holiday club and even though the evidence suggests this virus is more of a risk to adults than children we are willing to open and help the government learn what impact it has!
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