Out of school clubs are for school age
children to play, learn and have fun in
groups. They are usually based in, or near,
schools and more are being set up to help
families whose parents work. Out of school
clubs must be registered with the Scottish
Commission for the Regulation of Care (also
known as the Care Commission) if they are
caring for children for more than two hours
per day and more than six days per year.
Registered clubs, which are run by a team of
staff, are inspected every year. Activities
should be planned to help children learn,
play and relate with their friends.
Playworkers often pick children up from
local schools where the club is separate
from the school.
There are different types of out of school
Breakfast clubs - open in the mornings
before school so children can enjoy
After school clubs - open in the
afternoons between 3.30 and 6.00pm
Holiday playschemes - open during school
holidays between 8.30am and 6.00pm
More detailed information on West Lothian
out of school care can be found via the
Scottish Childcare website (see link above).