A NEW report from the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, highlights a lack of affordable activities for children and families. With many areas failing to provide enough after-school care for pupils aged between five and 14, one suggestion is to extend the school day.
The report, Vision for childcare, details the problems many families are facing, including increased costs such as housing and energy, as well as a steady decrease in the number of childminders.
It argues that an extended school day works best for parents, opening up opportunities for breakfast clubs and sport after lessons. Schools could also be used to provide care for children aged two to four, when there are few other choices.
However, this could increase the workload for teaching staff, and pupils might disagree with having additional time at school.
In February 2021, we ran a poll asking you if you’d like longer school days and shorter holidays to catch up after missing lessons during the Covid lockdowns. Then, 81% voted against the proposal and only 19% were in favour. But what do you think now?