Out of School Alliance - Help and Support for Out of School Clubs

Some Work, Some Play

Welcome to our new blog where we muse about about all things related to running an out of school club: activities for the kids, approaches for dealing with common issues, tips for managing your Ofsted inspection and anything else that occurs to us!

Is it OK to give children a cuddle?

Is it ever appropriate to give a cuddle to the children in your care? This is a tricky question and the answer depends on many variables: the age of the child, the circumstances, who is doing the cuddling, and why?
1 June 2018

Comforting a crying child

Marketing your club

As we all know, the summer term usually starts off quite calmly, then descends into utter chaos as the academic year hurtles towards its end. So you need to start marketing your club to new parents as early as possible, before you get overtaken by other events.
25 May 2018

Cute girl with megaphone

All things red, white and blue

You may have noticed that Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are getting married on Saturday 19 May 2018. If you are looking for activities to celebrate this event at your club, we've put together some ideas to get you started.
14 April 2018

Royal Wedding crafts

No cheating!

Although it's tempting to quickly change a few things at your club on the day of inspection, this is usually a Bad Idea!
5 March 2018

Girl with deeply suspicious expression on her face

Share the love

Thoughts about sharing the love at your club on Valentine's Day.
30 Jan 2018

Share the love

Winter Olympics

Some ideas for activities themed around the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
15 Jan 2018

Winter Olympics activities