After school clubDid you know...

If you are looking for out of school clubs or holiday schemes, visit the Newcastle Support Directory and find out what's available in your area.

The Newcastle Support Directory can also provide information and advice on support for children with additional needs and disabilities and how to find and pay for childcare.

Want to know more about out of school clubs?

Out of school clubs can provide care to children from the age of three to 16.

They offer a range of activities, including drama, music, arts and crafts, sport, outings and homework support outside of school hours.

Out of school care can help parents who are working, training or studying. More information about school clubs and holiday schemes

Some clubs are based in schools, while others are based in church halls or community centres. School pick-ups are often available to out of school clubs that are not based on a school site. Some day nurseries and nursery schools also provide out of school care.

Ofsted Childcare Register

Out of school clubs that provide care for the under eights for more than two hours a day must be registered on the Ofsted Childcare Register. If an out of school club cares for children under five, then they must also be registered on the Early Years Register.   Out of school clubs that are run by a school and are staffed by teachers do not have to register with Ofsted, although they can choose to go on the Ofsted Voluntary Register.

All out of school clubs must have appropriately trained staff and insurance.

You can find out more information on Ofsted registrations and inspections on the Ofsted website (external link).


The costs of out of school and holiday clubs vary greatly from club to club. For more information visit the help with the cost of childcare section

Opening times

Clubs can open before school, after school and during school holidays. Some clubs offer all three services. Holiday clubs open during the school holidays, although only a few open during the Christmas period.
Out of school care providers that offer childcare at several settings during term time usually combine their clubs at one venue during the holidays. Children can usually go for a morning, afternoon or the whole week.

How many children can a school club care for?

Ofsted say how many children can an out of school club can care for. This depends on the available space and staff. The staffing ratio ensures that there must be at least one staff member to every:

  • eight children aged between three and seven; 
  • and that any care given to children aged between eight and 16 must not have a negative effect on the care of those children aged under eight.
  • There must be two members of staff present at all times.


Out of school clubs can become part of the Newcastle Out of School Club Network and join a quality assurance scheme.

Page last updated: 
4 July 2016
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