The following gives basic information about setting up an Out of School Childcare Club. If you want to find out more, contact our Regional Offices and speak to a member of staff. You can also ask about “Stepping Out”, an in-depth guide to opening a club. It includes a comprehensive range of template policies, procedures and forms and is free for Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs’ members.
Watch a short video about Out of School Childcare Clubs here.
a) What is an Out of School Childcare Club?
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, accessible childcare for working or training parents /carers, whilst providing 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.
b) What are the benefits of Out of School Childcare Club?
c) Where are Out of School Childcare Clubs based?
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.
d) Who manages Out of School Childcare Clubs?
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.
e) Who can help fund Out of School Childcare Clubs?
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 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:
The Childcare Business Development Officer can help you develop your Out of School Club including:
Please refer to Links ‘on our website for other useful contacts such as CIW and Family Information Services.
View our film to hear what children, parents, playworkers, schools and others think about childcare clubs.