Out of school services are for school-age children to play and learn and have fun in groups. There are different types of out of school services so look around to find one that suits you and your child. A directory of out of school provision in Newham is available here.
Out of school services can take various forms, but mainly comprise of breakfast clubs, after school clubs or holiday provision. Some schemes are based at schools, while others have their own premises, and offer a pick-up service from schools. Childminders also provide out of school services.
Out of school services can be registered and inspected by OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education) provided they are caring for children aged under eight years of age for more than two hours a day.
Out of school services support the needs of children and families for working parents. They enable you to work beyond school hours, and give your child the opportunity to play and learn in a relaxed and fun environment.
How do I find an out of school service?
We provide a list of out of school providers. Access the directories in the 'Useful Links' section of this page.
What are the different types of out of school service?
Breakfast clubs: open in the mornings, between about 7.30 until school start times
After school clubs: open in the afternoons between about 3.30pm and 6.00pm
Holiday clubs: open during school holidays between about 8.00am and 6.00pm
How do I know my child will be safe and secure?
You know your child best, so it is important that you look for an out of school service you feel will be suitable for your child. You may also wish to consider if the provider is Ofsted registered:
Out of school services registered with OfSTED are checked to make sure the staff are suitable to look after children, the requirements they need to follow will depend on which Ofsted register they are on and details .The standards include providing premises that are safe and suitable for children as well as any transport or school collection arrangements.
Some out of school services do not currently need to be registered, for example, those that only cater for children aged over eight or breakfast clubs that run for less than two hours.
How many children will there be?
This varies according to the type of provider. Most out of school services provide places for between 30 and 40 children, childminders will provide a small group setting.
What age range of children will be there?
Most children attending out of school services are aged between five and eleven. Services may provide places for four year olds to fit around nursery or pre-school education.
What about part-time childcare?
Many out of school services will be happy to offer you part-time childcare. You may need to book regular sessions to make sure a place is available when you need it.
How much will it cost?
We provide a list of out of school providers that include details of charges. You may contact providers directly for the most up to date information and to discuss your needs.
You may be eligible for help with childcare costs. Details of all government schemes for people in different circumstances can be found here at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Please email FIS@newham.gov.uk if you require assistance with out of school provision during the school holidays.