Childcare - out of school hours
Information about out of school hours for childcare
Out of School Clubs are usually based in
or near schools . Out of school services are
registered with Ofsted if they look after children that are
under 8 years old, and inspected regularly. They are run
outside school hours by a team of staff, usually called
playworkers. Activities should be planned to help children learn,
play and relax with their friends. Playworkers will often pick
children up from local schools. For further information about Out
of School Clubs and any other childcare needs get in touch with The
Families Information Service on Freephone 0800 023 4440, and they
will be able to send you out a list of the Out of School Clubs in
- Children can learn, relax after school and have fun with their
- Geared to the needs of children with working parents
What are the different types of out of school
Before School - open in the mornings
before school some schools have a breakfast club. Hours may
After school clubs - open in the
afternoons between around 3.00 - 6.00 pm. For further
information contact the Families Information Service Freephone 0800
Holiday Playschemes - open during school
holidays for more information contact the Families Information
Service Freephone 0800 023 4440
do I know my child will be safe and secure?
First of all you know your child best - look
for an out of school service you feel will be suitable for your
child. Out of school services registered with Ofsted Early Years
are checked to make sure the staff are suitable to look after
children. There are rules on training and on the ratio of staff to
children, depending on the ages of the children catered for. A
check is also done on the premises of the out of school service to
ensure it is safe and suitable for children. After registration an
annual inspection is carried out to ensure a safe and suitable
service is being provided. Some out of school services do not
currently have to register with Ofsted, for example those which
cater solely for children aged over eight.
How many children will there be?
Most out of school services provide places for
between 10 and 40 children although this can vary.
What age range of children will be there?
Most children attending out of school services
are aged between 5 and 11. Some services provide wrap around places
for three and four year olds to fit around nursery or pre-school
education. Some services provide places geared for older children
When will services be open?
Out of school services can open before school
and care for children after school until approximately 6pm.
What about part-time childcare?
Many out of school services will be happy to
offer you part-time childcare. You may need to book regular
sessions to make sure a place is available when you need it.
How much will it cost?
For information on costs please get in touch with the
Families Information Service freephone 0800 023 4440 or
alternatively call 01670 623563. You can also email the FIS