I wonder if this is actually an opportunity. It seems to me that there is a clear demand for care as more and more families have both parents working. The article talked about the lack of space, kitchen facilities and toilets. I’m not convinced.
While a school may house hundreds of kids during the day there is sufficient space and toilet facilities, the number of kids requiring care is significantly less than this. As for Kitchen facilities, most schools have a canteen and a basic staff kitchen.
The article also speaks about modifying facilities. Given what I see at my own kids’ school, I’m not convinced by this either.
There is an opportunity for schools to provide care on a not-for-profit basis. And I don’t mean ‘non-profit’. A reasonable profit should be made, channeled back into the school for teachers and equipment, say 20% NPBT.
I’m sure there are plenty of teachers who both have a good reputation with the kids and would like to make some extra money to look after the kids until 6pm.
So, should school principals be responsible for before and after school care? Absolutely yes. Working with the P&C there is a fantastic opportunity to generate revenue in an under-serviced area. Parents want it. They’ll pay. Let’s do it.