After school and breakfast clubs

Out-of-school services are for school-age children to play and learn and have fun in groups.

After-school and breakfast clubs are usually based in or near schools. Breakfast clubs open early in the morning before school starts so children can enjoy a good breakfast, and then they will be taken to school. After-school clubs are open after school and they will usually collect your child from school to be taken to the club.

Out-of-school clubs may be registered with Ofsted and inspected by them at regular intervals, provided they are caring for children of 8 years of age and under, for more than two hours every day. If they cater for older children they can be 'quality assured' by a scheme recognised by the government. If they take children of Reception age or younger they will be graded and inspected more rigorously. If they run for under two hours they do not have to be registered. All staff must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Out-of-school services are run by a team of staff (usually called playworkers), or childminders in their own homes. They are responsible for planning activities to help children learn, play and relax with their friends.

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Where can I find an out of school childcare provider?

Search our database of childcare in Southampton, or for childcare outside of Southampton, contact your local authority.