Age group - 4-14 years of age (or up to 18 for children with SEND)
Out-of-school care clubs provide care and education through play for children and young people aged 4–14 years, or up to 18 for children with SEND.
Registration and inspection
They are registered with Ofsted, except where they only cater for children aged eight and over. Such clubs may apply to be registered with Ofsted on a voluntary basis. However, to be able to care for children age four they must also be on the Early Years register with Ofsted.
Typical opening hours
Breakfast clubs care for children before school, typically from 7.30am. After school care is typically provided until 6.00pm. This often takes place on school premises. A club may cater for children from more than one school, but all children are taken to, or collected from, their school by club staff or teachers.
Childminders can also offer before and after school care. Holiday playschemes provide care during the school holidays, typically on weekdays, 8.00am-6.00pm, within leisure and community centres, or within schools. Childminders can also offer holiday care.
Help with the cost of using out of school care
Check whether you may be eligible for help with childcare costs.