AFF is pleased to see the announcement by Defence Secretary the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP that the children of Service personnel aged four to 11 will be entitled to free breakfast and after-school childcare as part of new measures to better support the Armed Forces and their families.
A series of pilot schemes will be run during the next year, beginning in September at RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. Service families based in Catterick and Plymouth will be able to access the scheme from January 2021. The scheme will be rolled out more widely from autumn 2021.
The results of the childcare survey we ran earlier this year identified that many of our families had concerns over the cost of wraparound care, so this announcement is welcomed as a step forward to improving support for the service community.
Whilst wraparound childcare was one area that Army families highlighted, the ability to access childcare places when moving so frequently was also a key concern. We hope that the pilot scheme will take into account the overall availability of settings who can provide wraparound care, both in the UK and in overseas locations.
Once more information becomes available on the pilot scheme in Catterick we will provide further details to families. For more, click here.
POSTED ON 8 JULY 2020