Starting an Out-of-school Club in Northern Ireland

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Statutory registration and Minimum Standards
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Out-of-school clubs provide 'wrap-around' childcare for working parents outside school hours. They typically run breakfast clubs between 8am and 9am before schools open and after-school clubs from around 3pm until 5pm or 6pm. Clubs are usually based in owned or rented premises within a few minutes' walking distance of the schools the children attend, or in the school premises themselves. Services typically include dropping off or collecting children from school during term time, serving snacks or meals and providing structured activities and equipment for supervised play.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an out-of-school club in Northern Ireland. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information. Separate factsheets are available to cover starting up and running out-of-school clubs in England, Wales and Scotland.

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