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 area of Marchmont/Bruntsfield for children from James Gillespie’s Primary (JGPS). Skool Is Out opened its doors at JGPS with a breakfast club in August 2002 followed by an after school club in October 2002 at Barclay Viewforth, known then as ‘Little Foxes’. In 2003 our holiday camps began, enabling children from the wider Edinburgh community and beyond to use our services.
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 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 P1-3 children, and a second premises at Bruntsfield Centre for P4-7 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.
In September 2016 Skool Is Out restructured our senior staffing hierarchy and have in place a Peripatetic Childcare Manager supported by an Administration Manager and Play Coordinators at each of our club venues.