Providing affordable childcare during the long winter ahead
As living costs continue to rise, childcare shouldn’t have to. That’s why we’re pledging a 12-month price freeze on our active holiday childcare provision for 2023 and are reducing rates by 20% for holiday and after school club bookings until Easter, as families are hit with soaring energy bills.
We’re proudly part of the Social Enterprise UK network which means we are a certified business with a social or environmental purpose that is required to reinvest profits to benefit the communities we work in or for.
Our mission is to change lives by improving health and wellbeing using the power of physical activity, sport and education and by reinvesting up to 65% of our profits, we’re looking to support Hampshire families when they need them most.
It’s been widely reported that due to Brexit and the cost-of living crisis some parents are being left with no choice but to give up work, and for others, where giving up work is not an option, they’re left with the never-ending stress of trying to find childcare alternatives. This guaranteed price freeze means that local families can plan their childcare over key school holidays without any additional uncertainty or financial worry.
Since 2021, we have invested circa £17,500 into our Community Support Programme – a programme created to supplement the government’s Holiday and Food programme (HAF) during the holidays when the provision does not run. The HAF programme provides grant funding to local authorities to coordinate free holiday provision for eligible children.
There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £60 billion to the economy and employing 2 million people. SEUK’s latest research found that social enterprises outperformed traditional businesses when it came to growth and innovation, reducing inequalities, creating jobs and building a more inclusive economy.
Social enterprises are more representative of wider society than other businesses, with more women leaders and leaders from racialised communities. They empower communities, prioritising staff engagement and ensuring beneficiaries are involved in decision making.
To find out more about our holiday provision, click here.