State of the Out of School Childcare sector in Wales
Children have lost an average of 585 hours of play in schools and childcare settings during the coronavirus pandemic according to a new Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs report.
The Demand for Childcare, and the State of the Out of School Childcare Sector report outlines the results from surveys with parents and carers and Out of School Childcare providers in Wales. The survey for parents and carers received 2050 responses, and 364 settings responded to the survey about the state of the sector.
The report reveals that 69 percent of parents and carers say their children missed opportunities to play due to limited or no access to childcare during the pandemic.
It also states that 19 percent of Out of School Childcare clubs in Wales have already closed their doors since March 2020 because of the pandemic. Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs anticipate more closures in autumn 2021 if settings are still unable to re-open due to low number or issues with access to premises.
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that the benefits of play in Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) regulated settings are promoted. The organisation argues the restrictions during the pandemic have affected children’s opportunities to play.