Wraparound Childcare in Primary Schools

The first ever report to examine wraparound childcare provision in primary schools in Northern Ireland. 49% of schools that participated in the study offered some form of provision, however many schools are unable to offer any form of wraparound childcare due to lack of funding.

Employers For Childcare Charitable Group recognises the need for childcare to be part of an integrated system of services. ‘Wraparound’ provision provided in or in partnership with primary schools offers an opportunity to develop this principle. However, sourcing childcare provision for school age children is challenging for many parents.

Between January and March 2012 we invited all primary schools in Northern Ireland to take part in a survey which sought to collect information about existing provision. The benefits and challenges experienced by schools and the reasons for not offering wraparound childcare are also considered as part of the report findings.