News for out of school clubs

Holiday Activities and Food programme
The Government's Holiday Activity and Food Programme has been expanded to run during the summer and Christmas holidays. The programme helps ensure that children have access to healthy food and enriching activities throughout the school holidays and is open to children who receive benefits-related free school meals. Councils are also encouraged to make the holiday clubs available to any children not eligible for and in receipt of free school meals, who can pay to attend. read more
16 June 2021, Department for Education

'Tragic' figures show that more than 2,500 early years settings have closed
Ofsted figures show that more than 2,500 early years settings in England have closed in the five months between the end of December 2020 and the end of May 2021. read more
15 June 2021, Nursery World

Early years sector faces no action by consumer watchdog
The UK’s markets and competition watchdog will not take any enforcement action against childcare providers following a probe into alleged unfair treatment of consumers during lockdown, the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has said. read more
28 July 2020, Children and Young People Now

Labour warns childcare funding crisis could set back economic recovery
The government risks damaging the UK’s economic chances of recovering from the Covid-19 crisis unless it provides targeted support for the early years and childcare sector, the Labour Party has said. read more
16 July 2020, Children and Young People Now

After school clubs struggle to open in England
Many after school clubs have struggled to reopen due to restrictions in place to limit the spread of coronavirus. These clubs – which parents use for childcare in after school hours – could operate again at the start of June, when certain school years started going back to school in England. However, 'in practice very few of them did as it was so difficult'. read more
15 July 2020, The Independent

Government relaxes guidance on holiday clubs
The DfE has clarified that children attending holiday clubs this summer will be able to mix with others (in a limited fashion), if it is not possible for them to stay in one consistent group or 'bubble' at every session, giving the go-ahead for more clubs to open. read more
3 July 2020, Nursery World

Thousands of children offered nutritious breakfasts over the summer
Children from more than 1,800 schools in England who are currently part of the DfE's Breakfast Clubs programme will now be offered healthy breakfasts over the summer. The charity co-ordinators of the National Breakfast Club Programme, Family Action and Magic Breakfast, will work closely with schools in disadvantaged areas so children most in need can continue to get a healthy breakfast in July and August. read more
3 July 2020, Department for Education

Holiday and out of school clubs to open from 4 July
Giving a statement to the House of Commons today, the prime minister Boris Johnson, announced that ‘wraparound care and formal childcare will recommence over the summer’. read more
23 June 2020, Nursery World

Out of school and holiday clubs to resume from 4 July
Out of school clubs, including holiday clubs, will resume from 4 July as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease, the Prime Minister has announced. read more
23 June 2020, Children and Young People Now

Thousands of children to benefit from free meals and activities
Disadvantaged children in England will benefit from free healthy meals and enriching activities throughout the summer as part of Government plans. Backed by £9 million, the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme will support up to 50,000 disadvantaged children across 17 local authority areas and help them to stay healthy and active over the summer. read more
22 June 2020, Department for Education

Further delays expected on re-opening of holiday clubs
Guidance for holiday club providers is ‘unlikely’ to be released before the 4 July, just two weeks before many of them are expected to open for the summer. read more
19 June 2020, Nursery World

Urgent call for local councils to be given funding to support holiday provision
Teachers are calling on the Government to urgently fund Local Authorities to co-ordinate Summer holiday schemes for children and young people in their communities. read more
18 June 2020, Nursery World

Holiday club and out of school providers in talks with DfE over re-opening plans
Some of the largest wraparound childcare providers in the country have joined forces to share their concerns around the survival of out-of-school childcare with the Department for Education, and their ideas for how the sector may be able to be able to reopen safely in time for the school summer holidays. read more
17 June 2020, Nursery World

Coronavirus: After school clubs on brink of collapse
Out-of-school clubs are facing closure and may never reopen, following new rules, confusing guidance and lack of support from Government. read more
4 June 2020, Nursery World

Out of School clubs on brink of collapse
More than eight in 10 out of school clubs are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns that wraparound care is “on the brink of collapse”, a new survey shows. read more
29 May 2020, Children and Young People Now

National Living Wage to rise by 6.2% in April
The national living wage is to rise by 6.2% in what the government says is 'the biggest cash increase ever'. The rise is more than four times the rate of inflation and takes hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72 from April. read more
31 December 2019, BBC News

Labour promises to scrap Ofsted
With a view to the anticipated general election, Labour has announced that it would scrap Ofsted and replace it with a ‘two-phase’ inspection system, under which schools and childcare providers would be subjected to regular ‘health checks’ led by local authorities. read more
23 September 2019, Nursery World

Publication of a Manifesto for Play
Also with a view to a forthcoming general election, a manifesto calling for greater investment and commitment to children's play in England has been published by Play England, the Playwork Foundation and the International Play Association England. read more
23 September 2019, Children and Young People Now

DfE launches consultation on increasing registration fees
The DfE has just launched a consultation on increasing the Ofsted registration fee for settings on the Early Years Register, and on changing the fee structure. The consultation runs from today until 9 October. read more
18 July 2019, Department for Education

Families on Universal Credit falling into debt in school holidays
Families on universal credit are being plunged into debt because of increased childcare and food costs during school holidays, parents have told a committee of MPs as they appealed for help to manage the extra costs. read more
3 July 2019, The Guardian

Ofsted publishes new Early Years and Childcare Inspection Handbook
Ofsted has published the latest version of the Early Years Inspection Handbook in the middle of May. This guidance will be used by Ofsted inspectors for all inspections of settings on the Early Years Register, including out of school clubs, from September 2019. read more
14 May 2019, Ofsted

Concern over change to Ofsted appeals process
Early years settings have raised concerns about changes to the way Ofsted deals with the internal objections process when a decision is made to cancel a provider’s registration. read more
28 April 2019, Nursery World

Families face rising tide of childcare costs as prices rise again
Parents now pay an average of £127 per week, or over £6,600 per year, for just a part time nursery place, according to new research from Coram Family and Childcare. The Childcare Survey 2019 – the 19th annual survey – finds prices have risen by 3 per cent in the last year. read more
28 February 2019, Coram Family and Childcare

Ofsted launches consultation on how it inspects from Early Years to further education
Ofsted has launched a consultation on plans to change the way it inspects early years settings, schools and further education and skills providers. The aim is to shift the focus of inspection towards what children learn in the curriculum, rather than performance data. read more
16 January 2019, Nursery World

Government announces £9 million for holiday clubs
The DfE has announced a programme to deliver free meals and activities to 'thousands' of disadvantaged children over the 2019 summer holidays. The scheme follows on from the £2 million pilot programme in the summer of 2018. The holiday clubs will be particularly targeted at children eligible for free school meals (FSM), and will run in nine local authority areas around the country. read more
21 December 2018, Department for Education

Thousands more school children receiving a nutritious breakfast
Thousands more children across the country are now getting a healthy and nutritious start to the day at a new or improved school breakfast club, according to the Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi. This follows the investment of up to £26 million for two leading charities - Magic Breakfast and Family Action - to run clubs to improve breakfast for pupils in more than 1,700 schools in deprived areas by 2020. read more
2 November 2018, Department for Education

Childcare and Early Years providers survey
The DfE has published its bi-annual survey of childcare and early years providers in England. The survey examines the number of different types of provider, number of places, staff qualifications, occupancy and fees. This latest survey shows that the number of providers in England reduced from 90,300 to 81,500 over the two-year period – representing a loss of 8,800 providers. read more
1 November 2018, Department for Education

Free holiday activities and meals for disadvantaged children
The DfE has announced that a series of projects, backed by £2million of government funding, will be run across the country including the North East, Birmingham and London, providing activities such as free football classes, play sessions and cooking classes. These projects, running across the summer, will also provide free meals for the most disadvantaged families who may rely on the Free School Meals they receive during term time. read more
27 July 2018, Department for Education