Out of School providers (OOS)

Information and resources for Out of School (OOS) providers.

OOS Information, support and resources

Resources and information specific to individuals and organisations setting up and running Out of School clubs, including breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday clubs and playschemes.

Wraparound childcare

The government is investing in wraparound childcare for primary aged children, from 8am to 6pm during term time. Find out more :

Policy guidance and support
Support and resources

You are able to access advice and guidance from the Childcare Improvement Sufficiency Officers (CISO team). Please contact the helpline 0116 305 7136 or email childcare@leics.gov.uk to request a member of the team to contact you.

Out of School start up and best practice support 

Early years and childcare register requirements

Ofsted online guidance for childminders and childcare providers

How do we self-evaluate our practice?

Those OOS Clubs and childminders who are on the Early Years register need to be able to evaluate the care and activities their setting provides and how well they are meeting the learning needs of children.


Childcare providers do not need to produce any self-evaluation documentation, but managers and staff should be able to discuss the setting with the Inspector. Inspectors will ask staff about the quality of care and activities they provide, and how well the setting is meeting the learning needs of all children.


What changes need to be made due to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)?

GDPR came into effect on the 25 May 2018 and you must ensure you are compliant with the requirements.

Amongst others, the following organisations provide details of the requirements and guidance:

School food standards and after school clubs

School food standards apply to all food and drink provided in schools between the hours of 8am and 6pm during term time.

More information about the School Food Standards can be found on the Children’s Food Trust

How do the changes in the Childcare Voucher scheme and Tax Free Childcare scheme affect us?

The childcare Voucher Scheme closed to new applicants in October 2018, but some parents will continue to be eligible for Tax Free childcare. Parents that were in the Childcare Voucher scheme could remain in the scheme as long as their employer continued to offer it.

Childcare providers will find it useful to:

  • sign up to Tax-Free Childcare and get a childcare provider account to receive payments from parents using the scheme, and
  • advise parents that they can check themselves if they're eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, and get guidance on how they can apply and how to pay their childcare provider, by following the step by step guide.

Also see

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

Out of School Alliance (OOSA)

Inclusion and equality in early years and childcare

Inclusion funding

Out of School funding is currently available for children with additional needs who attend, or who would like to attend, an Out of School setting in Leicestershire.

Out of School Funding for SEND

Leicestershire Holiday Activity and Food Programme

Keeping Children Safe
SEND support and resources
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Playwork perspective for working with children and young people.

Playwork Principles

How to conduct a risk benefit assessment

Taking risks in play

Partnership working
Training and events

Training opportunities to support Out of School Provision.

Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service Eventbrite training

Positive Behaviour Support Chat

An informal on-line small group session to share experiences and gain tips and strategies from others to support you in your practice. Two bookable sessions each half term. 
Contact Alison Birkin for details and to make a booking by emailing alison.birkin@leics.gov.uk