Kent Extended Services
What are extended
Extended services are a variety of activities and services
available to school age children, young people, families and the
wider community, usually in local schools and often provided beyond
the school day (i.e. before the school day starts and after
3:15pm). These schools are called Extended Schools.
What are these services and activities?
Childcare: available from at least 8am - 6pm
all year round. This may be on the school site or may be provided
at a nearby school, local provider or childminder. Included are
breakfast clubs, holiday play schemes and after school clubs.
Study support activities: including sports and
activity clubs, language classes, homework clubs, arts
Parent support: Parent Support Advisers (PSAs)
and Family Liaison Officers (FLOs) are available through schools to
support parents and carers with information and guidance on issues
that may affect their children and the wider family, including
sexual health, relationships and drug abuse especially at times of
change and transition (i.e. starting secondary school). Family
Learning Sessions where parents can learn alongside their
Specialist support For example speech therapy
and behaviour support.
Community access: to computing, sports and arts
facilities within the school building e.g. adult learning, keep
fit, hire of rooms to individuals and groups.
Note: Some of these activities may be provided
by existing clubs that are on or near the school site (there may be
a small charge for some services and activities).
What's the point of extended services?
We believe that extended services help raise the achievement of
children and young people and broaden their life opportunities
while building a positive community spirit. Communities can become
more involved in the life of their local school and parents are
supported to help in their children's education and
I have also heard about Healthy Schools and Children's Centres
- what's the difference?
Healthy Schools help children and young people to reach their
potential by building on a solid foundation of health to do better
in learning and in life.
- Children's Centres are places that
provide access to extended services specifically for families with
young children aged 0-5 years in their local community.
Are extended services the same in every community?
No - every community is unique and will want and need different
services. Although the government wants every school to provide
access to a minimum
service by 2010, the type of service will vary. All extended
schools will ask their pupils, families and communities what
services and activities they would like through a process called
consultation. By working in partnership with other agencies
extended schools will provide their local communities with access
to these services either at the school or by using other facilities
and resources in the local area.
Your school: what should you expect?
Like every community, every school is different. Individual
schools may not be able to provide all of the services and
activities on site but they should be able to tell you where you
can find them in your local area (this is called 'sign-posting').
However, it can take some time for schools to find out what is
available to their community, so please be patient.
The Kent Children's Trust Strategy for Supporting Parents
The Extended Services team have been commissioned by the Kent
Childrens Trust to produce, through consultation with parents and
partners, the Kent Children's Trust strategy for Supporting
Parents. This strategy will be launched throughout October and
Do you want to find out more or tell us what you want?
To contact the Kent Extended Services team, please use the
contact box on the left of this page. There are also a number of
Extended Schools Development Managers (ESDMs) across Kent who work
closely with schools and other partners to help develop extended
services. Please follow this link to view the contact list.