Out-of-school childcare

Services for primary school children

After school provision is aimed at working parents who need childcare services for primary school children between the end of the school day and the time they finish work.

After school services are offered by a variety of registered providers including:

  • Schools
  • Private or voluntary out-of-school clubs 
  • Daycare nurseries
  • Childminders

The range of services available locally depends on providers' arrangements to drop off and/or pick up at a child's school. 
After school clubs offer structured activities usually with the option to collect a child at 5.00pm or 6.00pm.

After school services with a childminder can offer the greatest flexibility especially if a parent works irregular shift patterns or cannot guarantee to pick their child up at a specific time. 

Services for secondary school children

Making decisions about childcare during a child's transition to secondary school can be a challenging time for both parents and children.

Some providers of before- and after-school care will continue to offer services to Year Seven children.

As children and young people progress through secondary school, working parents need to review after-school arrangements when registered childcare becomes no longer available.

Many Swindon secondary schools offer activities before and after the school day aimed at 11- to 14-year-olds, as part of their extended services provision. These activities vary from school to school.

Further information

Please see the Family Information Service for further guidance about choosing registered childcare and to find a list of providers in your area.

To find out more about the range of extended services offered in each school, either ask at the school or visit the school’s website - please see Schools' Addresses and Contact Details.

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