Out of school clubs include after-school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs or playschemes.
They are designed to help parents balance work with family commitments, whilst providing children with a broader range of experiences.
You should provide access to wraparound childcare if there's sufficient demand – this should either be in your school or nearby, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
You don't have to provide out of school care yourself – some do, but other schools out-source their provision.
Find out if there's demand
You should regularly survey parents to see if there's a need for wraparound care in your school community. You could:
- Send an online questionnaire through your parent communication channel – you could 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 for children to take home
- Speak to parents at drop-off and pick-up times