The Model Kidz Club Committee have been shocked and saddened to receive notice to vacate the Ballymoney Model CIPS building by 20 August 2017 where it has successfully operated from 2012. Kidz Club provides high quality affordable childcare for 88 pupils (from 66 families), from 2pm to 6pm, 5 days a week and employs 10 people.
It operates on a social economy model, is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland and regulated by Social Services. Parents find this high quality affordable childcare invaluable in allowing them to work and continue in education. For many parents it was the reason they chose to send their children to the school. The fact that it is situated on the school estate means there is continuity of care which is reassuring to parents and fits perfectly with the idea of an extended school, which is a key component of the “Our Children, Our Young People, Our Pledge” government strategy. The Kidz Club has been highlighted by Playboard as a model of good practice, which is in itself outstanding given that it was only set up in 2012.
The Board of Governors has cited space constraints, however we feel that all options have not been exhausted to find accommodation in the school building after the school day has finished.
A spokesperson told Causeway Coast Community “While we are obviously very concerned about the future of the Kidz Club we are optimistic that through meaningful dialogue between the Board of Governors, parents and Social Services a resolution, acceptable to all parties, can be found. We have written to the school’s Board of Governors to request an open forum with parents as a matter of urgency and await a confirmed date for that meeting.