The company was set up in August 2002 by Sheila Fox, at that time a parent of a child at James Gillespie’s Primary School. Sheila operated as a child-minder in the Marchmont area for families of James Gillespie’s Primary School, until her decision to take the opportunity of funding available at the time to open an additional out of school care facility in the local area.
The Breakfast Club was the first part of the business to open, offering early morning care for the pupils of James Gillespie’s. This club sadly closed in 2009 primarily due to diminishing numbers of children using the service and additional costs for the school of using the premises.
The after school club, initially known as Little Foxes, opened in October 2002 offering after school care at Barclay Viewforth Centre to the pupils of James Gillespie’s and other schools in the local community.
The opportunity then arose in April 2004 for the company to take over the management of James Gillespie’s Primary School after school club (JGASC) and, since 2010; both clubs have merged under the roof of Barclay Viewforth Centre.
Skool Is Out opened a second venue at Bruntsfield Centre for our senior children in 2010, and this currently provides childcare services for primary 4-7 children.
Since August 2016 Skool Is Out has re-introduced a Breakfast Club for children attending James Gillespie’s Primary that operates on-site at the school.
The clubs are managed day-to-day by a Childcare Manager and Senior Practitioner staff and the Skool Is Out office by an Administration Manager. Skool Is Out employs Peninsula Business Services Ltd. to manage the organisation’s HR responsibilities and DunedinIT for computer solutions and security.
Sheila remains very much involved in the company and assists the Administration Manager within the Skool Is Out office with administration of the business, quality assurance processes and HR.
Since we recommenced after a period of closure in September 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, children are currently being cared for in group bubbles/cohorts based on their class/age group (JGPS) or school/age group (BPS) until further notice.