Breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs and holiday playschemes

After school, breakfast clubs and holiday playschemes serve as useful childcare options for parents who work or study.

Breakfast and after school clubs

Breakfast clubs provide a safe place for your child to wait until school starts

Many breakfast clubs provide a healthy low-cost meal.

After school clubs provide care and play activities or additional supported study for your child after school has finished.

The opening times vary. If the times don't meet your needs, it may be worth talking to the manager to see if they can offer alternative hours.

Find a club

Holiday playschemes

Holiday clubs offer childcare during the school holidays

Hours of operation vary; some are open throughout the holidays, some are only part-time, and some offer half-days.

They're generally open to children aged 4 to 12, although some cater for older children too. They are usually run in schools or leisure centres.

Some activities include arts and crafts, sports, music, drama and outings.

Holiday clubs are also known as 'out of school clubs'

Find a holiday playscheme

Fees and considerations

Costs depend on how long your child attends, and the activities the scheme runs. Some have reductions for siblings.


Childminders may also offer before and after school care. Some also provide a school drop-off and pick-up service.

For more details, see Registered Childminders