The Out of School Alliance (OOSA) was set up in August 2009 by Catherine Wrench, an experienced childcare professional and internet novice, and Clare Freeman, an internet consultant and experienced childcare user.
Following Catherine's own experience of setting up the out of school club for our local school (to a ridiculously tight deadline), we discovered that tracking down all the necessary policies, procedures and forms was frustrating, confusing and time consuming.
If only someone had pulled everything together in one place, and combined it with helpful step-by-step guides, advice and suggestions all based on first-hand experience, perhaps with some activity plans, recommended suppliers and tips for coping with Ofsted inspections and village hall committees thrown in. Realising that our dream resource for out of school clubs didn't exist, we decided to go ahead and create it ourselves!
OOSA is the result. Our aim is to make the lives of those running out of school clubs - whether just starting up or long-established - that little bit easier, as well as improving the quality of care enjoyed by children attending such clubs.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the services and information that we provide. If you have any suggestions for how we can make OOSA more useful to you, please let us know.
Catherine and Clare