The story of our origins
Long before FDC Training & Consultancy was even an idea, Mark West was an Assistant Headteacher with a passion for getting children active, involved and interested in the world around them. With the goal of separating students from screens to explore the world around them, the FUNdays Club was formed – providing a fun space where childcare was more than just digital babysitting, with a focus on exploration, discovery and fun learning outside of the classroom.
From FUNdays Club to FDC Training & Consultancy
After the initial success of FUNdays Club, the scheme grew from one single primary school to multiple places of education across the area. Our unique approach to childcare and additional education provided children with a way to enrich their skills and keep home learning separate from quality time spent with parents at home.
With ever-changing care requirements in education, FDC Training was the natural next step, applying the principles and passion for FUNdays Club into a new format designed specifically to support wraparound care requirements. With many schools and head teachers not having the means or resources to truly make the most of wraparound care, FDC Training became the ideal option to empower and enhance childcare in meaningful ways.
Social Enterprise Accreditation
We are accredited as a genuine social enterprise – the Social Enterprise Mark is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people & planet above shareholder gain. We have been externally assessed against sector-agreed criteria and have proved our commitment to using profits and income to create benefits for society and the environment.
I would like to thank you for all the work you are doing for the children of Wiltshire.Cllr Pauline Church, Cabinet Member Children and Education
As any Headteacher will tell, safeguarding, money, Ofsted and time management are often worries at the forefront of my mind. I have been consistently using FDC Training and Consultancy for a number of years and I absolutely, whole-heartedly recommend them for helping with all of these problems. The best part is that we have kept it in house, meaning all the praise is still earned by us and the fabulous staff who run it, whilst leaving me to focus more on the school day, worry and guilt-free about the provision.Anna Pemberton, Head Teacher
The course is excellent to gain useful tips for people management, confidence building and sharing of ideas with peers as well as being able to tap into Mark’s extensive knowledge and expertise.Course Participant
…a great way to network and get to know other people in similar roles.Course Participant
When I started this journey I was terrified, everything was overwhelming and I really didn’t think I would get to grips with everything that needed doing, I had no confidence in myself, always doubted that I could do things, with FDC’s amazing help and guidance I kept plugging away. Today I am more confident. My staff are organised and know each night who is doing what. I delegate a lot now as I realise it’s not just down to me. The children are all happy and love their environment and all that we offer. I continue to make changes and where some things don’t work, I try another way. Even my staff now tell me I am good at my job!Club Leader
FDC Training & Consultancy today
With more than 60 primary schools supported through our partnerships and many more on the horizon, FDC Training and Consultancy has grown rapidly to meet demand. Over time, Mark took on new team members and created a whole new brand, explicitly designed to support club leaders and head teachers in providing families with the best wraparound care possible.
Today, FDC Training and Consultancy is an industry staple in educational circles. We continue to grow, develop and evolve our approach to ensure every school has the capability and knowledge to provide students with the best care. We’re the experts at what we do and, thanks to more than 30 years of combined educational experience, we’re able to impart our input and understanding to support school and club leaders every day.