Your children don’t have to miss out on after-school clubs

It’s that time of year again, back to school for the little ones, and no doubt the epic ‘back to school’ shopping spree for novelty pencil cases, rucksacks, uniforms and shoes has left you a little shell-shocked; we went a couple of weeks ago and I’m still shuddering at the thought of it.

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.