With the return to school in mind, I wanted to bring your attention to an article on the BBC website recently which claimed that nearly two-thirds of parents can’t afford after-school activities for children – the findings come from a survey of 854 parents conducted by Save the Children.
Previous research has shown that children who participate in after-school activities will experience a rise in confidence and adapt more easily to in-class learning; resulting in better exam performances and successes in later life, so it’s crucial that as many children as possible are given the opportunity to participate in after-school clubs, be that sports, music lessons or tuition classes.
But with over a fifth of parents estimating after-school club costs at £1000 a year, it’s easy to see why it’s a cost sacrificed before others.
If you’re keen to get your children into some after-school clubs this year but are worried that it’s going to be a stretch, don’t forget that Childcare Vouchers can be used for children up to 16 years old and are a great way to save money on after-school clubs. Why not speak to your employer about starting up a scheme if you do not already have one.
For more information on using Childcare Vouchers for after-school clubs, check out our Parent Pack, or contact us on 0845 002 1111.