Out-of-School care can be a Breakfast Club, an After-School Club, or a Holiday Scheme.
A Breakfast Club is a place where children can be dropped off before school, usually from 7.30 am / 8.00 am, and enjoy breakfast together.
An After-School Club is a place for children to go after the school day is finished but office hours haven't - usually from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The Club may be in your child's school, another local school or different premises. Sometimes play workers will escort children from their school to the Club.
After-School Clubs provide opportunities for fun activities such as games, sport and craft activities. Some After-School Clubs provide computers and also allow time for children to do their homework.
A Holiday Scheme operates in the school holidays and offers groups of children a range of organised activities, from art and crafts to outings. They are usually open between 8.30 am to 6.00 pm.
Children are usually aged between 4 and 11 years. The minimum Adult - Child ratio for 4-8 year olds is 1:8, and the minimum Adult - Child ratio for 8-11 year olds is 1:10.
Out-of-School Care centres that care for children for more than 2 hours a day will be registered and regularly inspected by the local Social Services Trusts and Early Years Team and will be run by inspected by approved play workers, 50% of whom will be trained.