Holiday clubs and playschemes


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These can offer a wide range of activities such as sports, outdoor and indoor games, arts, crafts and drama.

Many operate a booking system and may give substantial discounts to parents who book early. Other schemes offer 'open access' where children can just turn up on the day.

What hours do they open?

The hours they open will depend on the scheme but some will offer extended days from 8am to 6pm for an additional charge. If the times they are open don't meet your needs it may be worth talking to the manager to see if they can offer alternate hours.

What is the average fee?

The average fee is usually between £24 to £35 per day. A setting may offer subsidised places such as sibling discounts or discounts for early booking.

If the club is registered with Ofsted you may be able to get help towards your childcare costs through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, or Universal Credit, or by using childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

Who runs them?

It depends on how they are set up, they could be run directly by the school, a private company or a voluntary organisation.

Where do they take place?

It can be in any type of venue including a school hall, classroom, local church hall, scout hut or leisure centre.

What ages do they cover?

Most will take children from the age of 4 to 12 years but this is different for each club.

What is the ratio of staff to children?

This will depend on the age of the children. Generally, for three to eight year olds should have a 1 to 8 ratio. For children aged 9 years and older the ratio differs but a 1 to 10 is recommended where possible. Two members of staff must be present at all times.’

Do the staff receive any specific training?

To find out what training and qualifications are required for out of school hours clubs providers, visit: Essential qualifications and training for staff at out of school clubs | Out of School Alliance

How can I apply for a place?

You can apply for a place by contacting the holiday playscheme directly. You can search for Ofsted registered playschemes in this directory.

Page last reviewed: 08/03/2024

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