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Child Care Charity Hits out at Schools' 'Baby Sitting' Charge

Magazine article Public Finance

Child Care Charity Hits out at Schools' 'Baby Sitting' Charge

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Childcare campaigners have hit back at charges that extended school hours would intensify pressure on head teachers.

The general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers told the union's conference this week that very few heads were aware they were being inveigled into the administration of the 'national baby sitting service'.

Mick Brookes told delegates: 'We must not allow the lives of our colleagues to be further eroded by taking on further responsibility without the power and resources to ensure that the brave new world is feasible.'

But childcare charity 4Children insisted that the vast majority of head teachers backed the principle of extending school services.

4Children chief executive Anne Longfield said: The aim of extended schools services is not to place extra burdens on teachers but to maximise the potential of the school as an important centre of the community, bringing together existing childcare providers to create services that work with and complement school services.'

By 2010, all schools will be expected to provide childcare from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of activities and clubs that would fit around regular school hours. …

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