After-school clubs: getting started
Read our guidance on setting up an after-school club, including finance and business planning, use of premises, Ofsted registration, and staffing. You'll also find guidance on clubs that are off-site or run by third parties.
- Check the existing local provision
- Find out if there's demand
- Carry out finance and business planning
- Find the right premises
- Check if you need to register with Ofsted
- Consider staffing carefully
- Have the right policies and procedures in place
- Prepare resources and equipment
- If you choose a club run by a third party
- After-school clubs for EYFS pupils
This article is based on guidance from the Out of School Alliance (OOSA).
Check the existing local provision
You can search for providers on your council website.
If there are already plenty of nearby options for parents, there might not be a gap in the market for your own wraparound provision.
However, if yours will be mostly for pupils at your school and based on site, it could be an easier option for parents. As such, it could still be worth going ahead, provided there's a need for it in your school community.
Find out if there's demand
Send an online questionnaire through your parent communication channel – you can use Google Forms or Survey Monkey*, for example (* please note that the mention of these products is not an endorsement from The Key) Hand out a paper questionnaire