Most schools in Rochdale borough can offer extended schooling provision.
What is extended schooling provision?
Extended school services are designed to help you balance work and family commitments, support your children with their studies and give them a broader range of experiences and interests.
They also enable you and the wider community to make use of the school's facilities. For example, you could learn more about information and communications technology (ICT) or improve your writing and maths skills.
Some schools may also offer services to the local community like information about healthy eating and nutrition or advice on managing finances. This could include debt counselling and availability of welfare and benefits.
Do I need to pay for extended schooling?
Some extended schooling is free but others, like childcare, will be charged for.
You can get help with the costs of childcare provided through extended schools via the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit.
How do I search for extended schooling in the borough?
The Our Rochdale website has FREE, impartial and up to date information on childcare in the borough, including extended schooling provision.
When do schools provide extended services?
Schools may offer extended services at the following times.
- Around the main school day and during the holidays, such as breakfast clubs and after school clubs. This can help you to work or train and also gives your child an opportunity to have a fun place to go.
- Primary schools that are fully extended are required to provide access to childcare and a range of activities from 8am-6pm, 5 days a week, 48 weeks of the year.
- Regular activities are often provided by secondary schools before and after the school day from 8am-6pm. Check with your local school to see what's on offer.
What activities are children offered in extended schooling?
Extended schools provide a varied range of activities for your child, such as:
- Study support - children who are falling behind their peers will receive extra support to help them catch up. Those who are doing particularly well will be offered more challenging work to stretch them further.
- Activities and interests - children will be able to pursue special interests or try out new things. This could include chess, fencing, language classes, sports, music drama, arts, business and enterprise activities or other special interests.
- Play and recreation - opportunities to relax, play games and make friends.
- Volunteering - opportunities to get out and help the local community or get experience in a certain area.
- Additional help and support - many schools now work closely with health, housing and social services to offer additional help to children and young people when they need it. This can include those with behavioural, emotional and health needs. Through links with local agencies and voluntary organisations, schools can identify who needs help and organise it as quickly as possible.
What parenting support is available in extended schooling?
All schools are encouraged to provide you with access to various kinds of support. Many schools now offer:
- Parenting skills programmes
- Family learning sessions
- Child behaviour management courses
- Information sessions for parents when their children start primary school and when they move to secondary school
- Information about nationally and locally available sources of advice and support
How can the community benefit from extended schooling?
Many schools make facilities available for the community to use. This can include sports halls, gyms and fitness studios, computer suites, arts and music facilities.
They also offer spaces like school halls and classrooms for further education, vocational classes and adult learning programmes.