ERIC Number: ED475975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Benefits and Costs of Out of School Care: Insight.
Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
A pivotal part of Scotland's Childcare Strategy is the provision of out-of-school care (OSC). The Scottish Executive Education Department commissioned an assessment of the costs and benefits of OSC in Scotland. Despite methodological issues such as lack of longitudinal studies, the review of existing literature evidenced a range of economic benefits for different groups including parents and caregivers, children the community, and employers. Parents and caregivers were the groups most likely to experience economic benefits from OSC. A wide range of social benefits were also found, which extended to schools and service provision. The main benefits were seen to be experienced by children in terms of play and social interaction. The cost/benefit analysis of existing OSC provision found that a wide range of key variables such as location and type of provision affected analysis for precise costs; however, three models were devised to account for these variables: a Social Inclusion Partnership scheme in an urban deprived area; a parent-led voluntary group in a rural area; and a privately run club in an urban area. The study highlighted potential areas and issues for further consideration, including possible further research, investment in the local economy, and meeting policy targets of economic development, social justice, and social inclusion. (HTH)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Children, Community Benefits, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Factors, Educational Finance, Employed Parents, Foreign Countries, Models, Outcomes of Education, Public Policy, School Age Child Care
Research, Economic and Corporate Strategy Unit, Scottish Executive Education Department, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, Scotland. Tel: 0131-244-0092; Web site: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/insight/.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)