Out of school clubs include after-school clubs, breakfast clubs, and holiday clubs or playschemes. Extended schools are designed to help parents balance work and family commitments, while providing children with study support, and offering them a broader range of experiences and interests. 

After school clubs may be offered by a school, or by a private or voluntary (charitable) provider, either on or off the school site. They often run from the end of the school day until about 6pm. Some will also provide care at the start of the school day – sometimes known as ‘breakfast clubs’. 

If they provide care for children under the age of eight years they must be registered with Ofsted.

Each school has its own arrangements for extra-curricular activities. So, speak to your child’s teacher about what is available or search events to find out what’s going on near you.