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St. John's Primary School, Swatragh, Maghera

Bright Start Childcare

There are many activities on offer every day after school and in addition children can have a snack and do their homework.

Qualified and trained staff lead play / work activities and the service is available from 2.00pm to 6.00 pm daily.

We include cooking, arts and craft, dancercise, sport and much more, with a staffing ratio of 1 to 8. Give it a try!

Employers for Childcare vouchers are accepted as payment too.


As you know, this year the Government is introducing Tax-Free Childcare. In the Budget today, the Chancellor confirmed that Tax-Free Childcare will be rolling out shortly, following the completion of the current trial, through which we are testing the service with parents.

Tax-Free Childcare will be introduced from next month, in a controlled way. It will then gradually roll out - parents of younger children will be able to apply first and all eligible parents will be able to benefit by the end of this year. Parents will be able to apply for all of their children at the same time, when their youngest child qualifies.

The aim of this gradual rollout is to ensure that the scheme is introduced in a safe and managed way, and that the service runs smoothly for parents.

Parents across the UK will be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare through a digital childcare service. In England, parents will be able to apply for both Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare at the same time, for all of their children, through this childcare service, ahead of the launch of 30 hours free childcare in England in September 2017.

Parents can now sign up to receive an email update which will notify them when they are able to apply.

We will announce further details about Tax-Free Childcare and the wider Government childcare offer soon.

Thank you for your help and support in getting to this stage and we look forward to continuing to work with you to raise awareness of this new offer as we roll it out over the course of 2017.