An Out of School Club is any Ofsted registered sessional activity that takes place outside of school hours or during school holidays for children aged 5 to 14 years. Out of School Clubs include breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday schemes.
Some privately run clubs not based on school premises will do school pick ups and drop offs. Check individual directory records for further information.
Other unregistered activities are available for school age children, including homework clubs, sports and art sessions. See the activities section of the Family Information Directory for further information.
Youth Clubs also offer term time activities for 11-19 year olds.
Out of school clubs give children the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, including crafts, learning and sports.
When you register your child with a club you'll need to provide contact details and information about any illnesses, special educational needs/disabilities or allergies your child may have.
Some out of school clubs are privately run on school premises, whilst others are run directly by the school.
For those run directly by schools, look at their individual record on the directory to see if they offer places to pupils outside of the school.
Schools and childcare providers who offer out of school clubs will be registered with Ofsted on the Early Years, Childcare or Voluntary Childcare Register.
Some activity groups, homework clubs and sports and arts groups are not registered and parents and carers should check with each individual club whether staff have undergone Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
For Ofsted registered clubs the staffing ratio is one adult to every eight children, with a minimum of two staff required to be available at any one time.
Some holiday Schemes offer day trips and local outings. Arrangements for transporting children need to be carefully planned, and where necessary additional staff recruited to ensure safety. This is particularly important for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Parental consent must be obtained before trips or outings take place.
Some out of school provision is run exclusively for children and young people with Special Educacational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Much of this is available through the Short Breaks programme. Details of the Short Breaks service and activities avaiable through the scheme can be found here.
Out of school clubs are required to offer inclusive provision. Please contact providers for information on the support provided for children with SEND.
If you need help finding out of school provision for your child, the Family Information Service can help.
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