In April we launched our 'Stories From The Frontline Project' seeking stories from out of school care services which were still open and providing critical childcare during the COVID-19 crisis. At that stage we thought about 16% of services were open. We are now pleased to be able to share stories from services across Scotland: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Highland, Renfrewshire and Scottish Borders.
Some of the services are providing all day care for school-age children, others are providing wrap-around care for educational hubs; some are providing care for pre-school children as well and some are providing specialist care for children with additional support needs.
The one thing that all have in common is that they are able to provide safe but stimulating play, care and learning for the children and young people.
We are still seeking stories from services providing critical childcare- if you would like to share yours, email us:
In this document we have collated further information and reflections on the approaches that services have taken whilst open during the current COVID situation. Some of the services have also contributed individual stories below. Please read the stories to see how they have tackled and overcome issues, and implemented enhanced cleaning and infection prevention control procedures.
COJAC is an Achieving Quality Scotland Gold Award out of school care service in Glasgow providing school-age childcare to children with ASN and complex needs. COJAC have provided critical childcare since the start of the COVID situation. Read their story here:
The Saturday Cafe is an Achieving Quality Scotland Gold Award out of school care service in Glasgow providing school-age childcare to children with ASN and complex needs. The Saturday Cafe re-opened in June to provide critical childcare. Read about their re-opening process. Read their story here: