Childcare around the school day – how you can fill the gaps!

As a working parent, the problem of childcare in the hours before and after the school day can be a worry. Whether your day starts earlier than school hours, or ends long after the bell rings, you've plenty of options to keep kids occupied.

Out-of-school clubs can help to fill the gap between your working hours and core school hours. It's called ‘wrap-around childcare’ and often operates as breakfast, after-school or homework clubs.

Not only can this type of childcare help daily life run smoothly, it can also be great for your child’s personal development. In this extra-curricular time they could learn an instrument in music lessons, get some exercise with a local sports club, or just make some new friends!

These types of childcare setting vary greatly in size, hours and available activities. To help you choose the one that’s right for you and your child, here’s a handy checklist:

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Of course, don’t forget your Computershare Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for out-of-school clubs. If you’re wondering where you can find out about great wrap-around childcare opportunities near you, here’s a few places you can try:

  • If you’re in England and Wales, use the government online postcode search. You can  check your local council for information on childcare out of school hours, and before and after school clubs, including breakfast clubs and homework clubs.

  • You can also use the same service to find a registered childminder.

  • If you’re after some tried and tested recommendations, then check out websites such as www.netmums.com or www.mumsnet.com where you can ask other parents about their favourite childcare providers.

  • You can use the ‘find a carer’ feature from your Computershare childcare voucher account. Simply search by postcode to see which carers are nearest to you and registered with us. If they don’t appear, we can add them for free – just give us a call on 0345 002 1122!