Out of school clubs are facilities that provide day care for children under eight which operate during one or more of the following periods:
A main purpose of the provision is to look after children in the absence of their parents. This form of care can include children from three years old and children over eight may use it too.
Ofsted operate 2 childcare registers the early years register and the childcare register Out of school and holiday play schemes are often required to register on both registers as they may care for children in the early years age group as well as the older age group, they often also qualify for both parts of the childcare register compulsory and voluntary.
For further information on the Ofsted childcare register and which groups do not need to register visit the Ofsted website.
Out of school clubs run all throughout the year depending on the type of out of school service offered. Before and After school clubs generally run during term-time only, while holiday play schemes are run during half-term and school holidays throughout the year.
The operating hours for after school clubs are from the end of school until around six in the evening, the specific hours for each group may vary slightly from this. Settings which offer a breakfast/before school club, will operate in the morning before the child has to start the school day.
Out of school clubs are based at schools and private premises as well as being located in nurseries. Most out of school clubs will have specific schools that they cater for. Where the out of school club is located off the school premises, they will usually arrange a pick up from the school. It is a good idea to find out which out of school clubs are willing to pick up from the school your child attends and to contact them to put your child's name on the waiting list.
Updated: 21 March 2014