1995: CLASP was established in 1995 by a group of volunteer working parents. The company was set up as a private Limited company by guarantee. CLASP provided much needed after school care for children of working parents in the Leith area. CLASP was set up by parents, for parents, as a non-profit making company. In setting up the company an elected Committee of Office bearers was established from the group of volunteer parents. A constitution was developed and a business plan created. Elected Office bearers: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary were liable for the running of the project. There were 12 volunteer parent members of the committee.
The Committee of CLASP employed a Play Leader, the post holder reported to the Executive Committee through the Chair and was responsible for the provision of quality care and the health, safety and wellbeing of Staff and children. A team consisting of a Depute Play Leader and a team of play workers, reporting to the Play Leader were employed.
Leith Community Centre was the original main base, CLASP was registered with the Care Commission to cater for 40 pupils, offering after school care during term time. Edinburgh City Council provided a free let of 2 rooms and time slots in the main gym hall of Leith Community centre. Pupils within the age range of 5years to 12 years attended. Daily school pick-ups and a lively programme of activities were offered.
The Executive Committee was frequently faced with a dilemma during holiday time when they were forced to find alternative accommodation when Leith Community Centre ran their Easter and Summer programmes of activities. The opening hours of CLASP needed to cover working hours including drop off and pick up (0830 hrs to 1800 hrs). Leith Academy secondary was frequently utilised during holiday periods.
1996 - 98: The Committee of CLASP worked closely with the City of Edinburgh Council on their Out of School Strategy. CLASP provided evidence of best practice.
1999 - 2002: During the refurbishment of Leith Community Centre CLASP had to find alternative accommodation. In this turbulent time South Leith Parish Church (SLPC) Halls provided an alternative venue. The Executive Committee worked with the Church Session to plan and prepare the Halls, building new storage space too, to ensure the safety of the Children and CLASP property. Rental fees were negotiated to a reduced rate of 50% as a lease for 18 months was signed.
2003 - : Following the completion of the Leith Community Centre refurbishment CLASP were informed that there was limited space to accommodate the out of school care provision. SLPC supported the parents until accommodation was sought and secured. The Head teacher of Leith Primary School was extremely supportive. Following planning meetings CLASP Executive committee secured a free let at Leith Primary school. A period of settling in followed. CLASP had regular users. The closure of the YWCA after school provision in the area saw an increase in demand for full time places.
CLASP adhered to quality standards throughout this period. An application to increase the number of childcare spaces was granted. CLASP expanded to provide 60 places (Mon-Thurs) and 48 places on Friday and 40 for the holiday club.
2015-2016 CLASP Has now been extended to 70 spaces during term time and is still using Leith primary school as it is a valuable asset to our project .
2016 CLASP will celebrate it's 21st Birthday with a party at the Leith dockers club Entry by ticket only on sale at after school club Adult £4 Child £2