Out-of-school clubs: Ofsted registration and inspection

Check whether your out-of-school provision needs to be registered separately, and who is responsible for it. You'll also find out how extended services such as after-school and holiday clubs are taken into account during Ofsted inspections.

Last reviewed on 17 May 2023
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  1. School-run clubs come under your school's Ofsted registration
  2. Clubs run by a third party should register with Ofsted
  3. Clubs run by a committee may need to register
  4. How Ofsted inspects out-of-school clubs

School-run clubs come under your school's Ofsted registration

You don't need to register out-of-school clubs separately with Ofsted if they're run directly by your school, as long as:

  • At least 1 child at the club is a pupil from your school
  • Your school provides education or care for children aged 2 years and over

It is for children aged from birth to under 2 years, where at least 1 child attends for more than 2 hours a day, or It is only for children who are not pupils at your school, such as a separate preschool, a nursery for children of staff members or a nursery in a children’s centre managed by your school’s governing body (it doesn't have to be on the school premises to be managed directly by your school’s governing body), or You admit children to your school register who are not yet 2

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