Out of school care is not a “homework club” or extracurricular club, provided by the school. Such clubs are not "childcare" and they are not registered with the Care Inspectorate. If parents want their child to attend such a club for an hour after school, when normally they would be attending the after school service, they should discuss this with the service, school and child, to work out how to enable a smooth transition for the child between the club and service.

Every service will have its own view of whether help and space to do homework will be provided- we recommend that OSC services have a Homework Policy clearly stating the services position. Some may consider that the time at the service is children's play and leisure time and request that children wait to do homework at home with their parents. Others might be happy for children to do homework at the service and to discuss it with their peers and staff

If the service does provide support for homework and parents are happy for their child to do homework at the service, parents should let staff know of any needs for extra support the child may have, such as dyslexia (although services should be informed of this anyway as some games require levels of literacy and numeracy for age ranges of children).

Of course, at the end of the day, parents should still have a look over their child's homework and chat with them about it, as well as signing, if required, even if the work has already been completed earlier at the service.

last updated: 07/07/2023