Thursday 22 June 2006 12.17pm
I live the other end of the patch so can't help much. Some schools link up with external suppliers and the kids get picked up and taken. Worth asking the school and other parents.
There is a big provision at Coin Street
. I don't know its name, but Coin Street
Community Builders could. (Some sort of family centre - a lot of money has been invested and I understand it is the designated provision for a number of schools in the area.)
The alternative is ad hoc provision. We now have an au pair (which has disadvantages as the kids increasingly resent csharing a room - but is probably the best option for now). At times a friends au pair has looked after mine as well, or friends have taken them to after school activities (swimming, football etc) and I get there in time to pick them up. Sometimes teaching assistants are willing to do after school care.
It is difficult. Kids have already had a long day, and staying at school til six can really be too much for younger children, or for children who might be experiencing tension with their peers. (Which is most kids, since social skills are not easy to learn.) I spent a couple of years starting work at 7.30 so I could leave in time to pick them up. But was too tired to enjoy quality time. I don't really know what the solution is.