With the support of the Forth Valley Local Lomond Community Led Local Development (CLLD), CERT have been working to increase the level of provision of after school childcare in Clacks.

52% of parents surveyed reported that their ability to find a place in after school care was poor or very poor.

At the start of January 24, throughout Clacks, there is currently no local afterschool provision for 13 of the 19 primary schools.

With CLLD funds, CERT have managed to provide start up funding for a new after school service in Menstrie which is operated by Alva Play Pals.  By March typically 14 children attended a day.

Also with support from CLLD, we have been undertaking a feasibility and business plan to establish a service in Tillicoultry.  This has been done in partnership with the primary school, the Family Wellbeing Partnership and Alva Play Pals.  The results of this feasibility and business plan can be found below.

Research Report and Feasibility Study

Business Plan

The business plan has concluded that it is viable to establish a service in Tillicoultry and it is hoped that this will be approved by the Care Inspectorate and start up funding will be secured to allow it to start from August 2024 with Alva Play Pals as the operator.

CERT now have a programme of action to establish new provision throughout Clacks where it does not currently existing.  The next priorities are Clackmannan and Tullibody.