Sometimes called out of school services, extended school services or wraparound care, these offer play and care to school age children of four to fourteen years. Depending on the hours you need, you may want a breakfast club which opens before school begins, or an after-school club. Breakfast clubs may provide a light breakfast for children. Many after-school clubs offer a snack, and usually offer play opportunities and sports activities as well as quiet places for children to relax or complete homework.
Out of school services can be run by the local authority, schools, private companies or voluntary organisations.
If the club is open to children aged eight and under, offers more than two hours of care and is not just activity based (such as a sports club), it will be registered with Ofsted. Some will come under the school registration if on the school premises and run by the school.