Out of school clubs form part of the Government's extended schools agenda, and include after-school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs or playschemes. Extended schools are designed to help parents balance work and family commitments, whilst providing children with study support, and offering them a broader range of experiences and interests.
All schools are expected to provide access to wraparound childcare if there is sufficient demand, either on their own premises or nearby, from 8.00am to 6.00pm to give state school pupils the same opportunities as those in the private sector.
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That is not to say that all schools have to provide out of school care themselves, some do, but others out-source the provision. If schools can demonstrate that there is little or no demand for extended services, they can satisfy the Government requirements merely by signposting to other local provision, such as childminders or nearby out of school clubs.
However, if there is a definite need, schools are required to implement out of school care, but again this does not have to be provided by the school itself. Some schools opt to fulfil the requirements themselves, others invite individuals, playgroups, or other private childcare providers to meet the requirements on their behalf.
Support for setting up out of school clubs is usually provided by the childcare and early years team of your local authority. Additional support and advice is offered by the Out of School Alliance, the national organisation for providers of out of school care.
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Most out of school clubs that provide wraparound care are registered with and inspected by Ofsted, and have to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) if caring for children of five years or younger (ie children in the reception year).
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