Safeguarding in Out of School Settings

All Schools
Out of school settings include after-school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs or play schemes

All Out of School settings should provide a safe environment to help parents balance work and family commitments, whilst providing children with a broader range of experiences and interests out of school hours. Some schools will provide out of school childcare themselves and others out-source the provision.

Out of school settings can be registered with and inspected by Ofsted, and have to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) if caring for children of five years or younger (ie children in the reception year). However, school managed clubs usually come under the school registration/inspection. Schools should have a linked Governor when having a school managed club or if the school have a private provider on the school site.

All Out of School settings staff must compete safeguarding training and be aware of specific safeguarding issues that can put children at risk of harm. Staff must know Oxfordshire’s referral routes when they have a concern a child is at risk.

It is important that staff are aware of the settings behaviour management policy and how to support all children in the setting. All staff must value the rights of the child and Playwork principles

For further information about setting up new out of school provision please visit Setting up new out of school provision | Oxfordshire County Council.  Examples of good practice for high quality play experiences for children and young people can be found at Promoting high quality play | Oxfordshire County Council

For a copy of a School Managed Out of School Quality Self-Assessment or if you have further questions please email Early.Years@Oxfordshire.gov.uk  

Useful information:

Ofsted registration guidance  

Seven steps poster for keeping children safe in OOSS (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Publications and further information available from Out of School Alliance

Home - Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (oscb.org.uk)