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Out of School Childcare Clubs run directly before and/or after the school day and/or all day long during the school holidays.They provide quality, affordable, and accessible childcare for working or training parents /carers. They provide enjoyable, play opportunities for children aged 3-14 years.A typical after school club would run from the end of the school day until 5:30pm or 6pm.Children are offered a healthy snack and are free to choose from an array of play opportunities.They remain in the care of qualified staff until collected by parents/carers.
Typically they are located in:
The National Minimum Standards set out minimum requirements for the premises used by childcare clubs.Health and safety and local authority environmental health requirements also need to be considered.If the club is not run on school premises, then the children are often escorted from school to the club.It is worth bearing in mind that if transport is needed, costs are significantly increased.Even walking children from one premises to another sometimes involves employing additional staff for safety purposes.
Sometimes an individual or several individuals may run the club as a private business e.g. sole trader or business partnership.A cross section of the community or school may set up a committee and form a company limited by guarantee, charity or charitable incorporated organisation.A co-operative is when a group of employees manage the club and schools sometimes manage Out of School Childcare Clubs.Your Childcare Business Development Officer can help you decide on an appropriate management structure.
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs may be able to signpost and help you access funding to start your club.Please contact us for further information.In addition, working parents may be eligible for support with childcare costs such as the Childcare Offer, Tax Free Childcare, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
In Wales, child minding and the provision of day care is regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW). If childcare provision runs for more than 2 hours per day for children up to the age of 12 years, it must, by law, be registered with CIW.CIW ensures that care services meet the standard that the public expects through inspections. If you want to open for more than 2 hours a day, you will need to contact CIW in your area to register.Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs will have the local contact details and Childcare Business Development Officers can support you through the registration process.
As a CIW registered Out of School Childcare provider you will:
Be confident that your setting is meeting the expected National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years (which set out the basic standards of care registered providers should provide and aim to exceed
Meet the needs of working/training parents by being able to open for over 2 hours
Enable eligible working parents to access childcare vouchers, tax credits or access the tax free childcare scheme introduced in 2016/17, supporting affordable childcare for working families;
Support the work/home life balance through providing peace of mind to families, therefore supporting the child’s quality of life
Have opportunities to access funding through local authorities (where it is available)
Enjoy free promotion and recognition through Family Information Service, which shares information on registered childcare with interested parents.
How Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs Wales can help:
You will work with a Childcare Business Development Officer who can help you develop your Out of School Club including: