What is an after school club?
After school clubs are for school aged children and are sometimes called kids clubs. They take place after school during the school term time, they normally start at the end of the school day up until 6pm. Many after school clubs are based within school premises. Some nurseries may also offer after school care too. All after school clubs that are open for more than two hours per day and offer care to children under eight must be registered with Ofsted.
Choosing an after school club:
First you will need to obtain a list of registered after school clubs in your area. This is available from the Nottinghamshire Families Information Service (FIS) at www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk just click on the Childcare button.
Think about what your basic requirements are at this stage, find the clubs that are suitable, and contact them to find out if they have any spaces available. Don’t forget to ask about their fees.
Top questions to ask an after school club:
- Is the club registered with Ofsted?
- How far in advance do you need to book?
- Are any snacks or drinks provided? What are they?
- Do you have a programme of activities for the children?
- What qualifications or training do the staff have?
- How will they contact you in an emergency?
- Is there a parent’s information booklet with details of the policies and procedures of the club?
- How long has the club been operating?
There may be other questions you may want to ask take time to think of these before you visit.
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