£700m is to be "made available" so that working mothers can drop little Timmy off earlier at school, and keep him there AFTER school until as late as 6pm, so she can stay at work. School normaly kicks out at just gone 3, so what's little Timmy meant to do for another 3 hours? All his mates will be going home and he has to stay there - how pissed off will he be? Not to mention being dropped off about an hour earlier in the mornings!
Teachers or child carers will have to hang around too, and think of things to do to amuse the little darlings. I suggest extra phonics and anti-text spelling lessons for the little buggers, nip those bad habits in the bud.
I'm curious as to where the Govt is "making available" £700m from though, with all the other urgent things in the country that need funding, they are throwing money at after-school care cos bloody working mums/dads can't knock off early?? It's like the £250m "made available" for better school dinners for kids - which I think is brilliant but has the money come forward? Is it in a lump sum or bit by bit over a few years? And how do we know ultimately that the full amount WILL be delivered to the school dinners cause?
Personally I think why should the Government and our taxes fund after-school clubs - each parent who wants their kid to go early or stay behind should pay seperately for his care in those hours - if the kid was left with a private nanny early and late in the day, the parent would pay, so why should the Govt pay just cos they are left at a school? If you have a kid and go back to work, it should be up to you to sort out the proper work hours so you are available to drop off/pick up little Timmy at the RIGHT hours. After all, 3 hours extra stuck in a school room is valuable TV-hypnotism or X-Boxing time wasted, how shocking!!!!!!!!!!