New out of school childcare club is set to open in Fraserburgh

A new out of school club is set to open in the grounds of Fraserburgh North School this Monday (April 5).

By Kevin McRoberts
Friday, 2nd April 2021, 7:50 am
The new out of school club will be based at Fraserburgh North School.
The new out of school club will be based at Fraserburgh North School.

And that could be welcome news for many families after a survey by Aberdeenshire Council found that 54 per cent of families in Fraserburgh use friends and relatives to look after their children while 22 per cent can’t find suitable childcare at all.

Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS)has created a new out of school club for 24 children, providing services before and after school and throughout the school holidays.

Sharon Mellin, head teacher at Fraserburgh North School, said: “I am delighted that Flexible Childcare Services Scotland are working in partnership with Fraserburgh North School to offer affordable childcare for families in Fraserburgh.

"Having a reliable and trustworthy childcare service will be invaluable for parents and carers.

"We hope to continue working closely with our local community to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children and their families.”

FCSS, a national charity already managing settings in Dundee, Inverness, Moray and across Aberdeenshire, was created after it was found that parents were unable to accept offers of employment due to a lack of high quality, flexible, and accessible childcare services.

The Access to Childcare Fund funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland mean FCSS can deliver accessible and affordable school age childcare for low-income families.

Maureen Rennie, FCSS regional manager for Aberdeenshire, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Access to Childcare Fund. There’s a desperate need for out of school care in Fraserburgh, and many have significant challenges balancing their childcare needs with their work or training commitments.

"Our new facility aims to address these issues, proving breakfast and after school clubs as well as holiday clubs throughout the year.”

Staff from the centre will organise school drop offs and pick-ups, allowing parents to remain in work or education while their children are receiving care from a team of experienced and fully qualified childcare practitioners.