Club basics

If you want to find out about out of school clubs, and how to get started with setting one up, this is where you need to begin.

Group of young schoolchildren yellingOut of school clubs

An introduction to out of school clubs, the facilities they offer, the different types of clubs and why all schools should be offering wraparound care.

Getting started

If you're thinking about setting up an out of school club to provide childcare before or after school or during the holidays, our step by step guide will show you the way.


An overview of the different sources of funding that may be available to out of school clubs.

DBS checks

Whatever type of club you are running, most (if not all) of your staff will need DBS checks. We tell you how to obtain DBS checks for your staff.

Qualifications and training

If your club will be registered with Ofsted, your staff need to have certain specific qualifications. We explain what qualifications and training are required.

Holiday clubs

If you are planning to run a club during the holidays, rather than just before and after school, there's more information for you here.

Activity clubs

If your club is based around a particular activity - such as drama, computing or Chinese - in most cases it won't need to be registered with Ofsted. We explain why your club is exempt from registration and what steps you need to take to set up your club.