Skool is Out started life in 2002 when Sheila Fox (director) took advantage of funding available to open a much needed after school club within the Marchmont/Bruntsfield area (there was, at that time, a real shortage of good quality childcare and no holiday or early morning care for the children of James Gillespie’s Primary School). Skool Is Out opened its doors at James Gillespie’s Primary School with a ‘Breakfast’ club (2002) and ‘After School’ club (2004), as well as the opening of a second after school club venue in October 2002 (based at Barclay Church), known as ‘Little Foxes’. In 2003 our holiday camps began operating, enabling children from schools across Edinburgh and beyond to use our service.
With our two venues at Gillespie’s primary school and Barclay, we set out to offer a high quality service to the families of schools within the local community. In January 2010, as a result of proposed building work due to commence at James Gillespie’s Primary, our after school club services merged under the roof of Barclay Viewforth Church Centre.
Skool Is Out have seen many changes over the years both with the increased demand for out of school care the legislative changes that have taken place within the sector. These changes have enabled Skool Is Out to become a high quality service that strives to meet the needs of the whole family and employs staff who are qualified professionals in childcare, and who bring a variety of skills and experiences to the workplace.
We now operate from two venues: one at Barclay Viewforth Centre for P1-4 children, and a second premises at Bruntsfield Centre for P5, P6 and P7 children. The opening of the venue at Bruntsfield for the older children has given them much needed space and independence and has improved the quality of care for both our older and younger children, allowing our staff to focus on meeting the needs of the differing age groups with greater ease and efficiency.