*Care Inspectorate, October 2015
The Scottish Out of School Care Network is the national charitable organisation (Scottish charity no: SC020520) supporting the development of high quality out of school care, which includes term-time after school, holiday and breakfast clubs, across Scotland. All of our work is underpinned by our commitment to supporting and promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and supporting the wellbeing of children through the GIRFEC approach.
SOSCN supports children's rights to play, care and learning.
In Scotland there are 1007 out of school care services, 603 holiday services and 555 breakfast clubs. In total the sector provides childcare places for over 50,000 children; this makes it the largest provider of play and leisure opportunities for primary school-age children in Scotland.
Out of school care services are registered with, and regulated by, the Care Inspectorate against the same national care standards as other daycare of children services such as nurseries.
Out of school care staff are registered with, and regulated by, the Scottish Social Services Council; in accordance with legislation, managers of out of school care services must either be qualified to, or working towards a degree level qualification in Childhood Practice, the same as managers of other daycare of children services.
Although out of school care has a key role in supporting parents and carers access employment and training opportunities, we believe that out of school care should be based upon the child's needs for play, care and learning opportunities outside school, and as such should be a universal right for all children.
Out of school care services are child-centred services operating with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of their work- out of school care ensures that all children have their rights to be consulted and listened to; to access play, leisure, rest and cultural activities, and for disabled children to be supported by appropriate services.
Out of school care services should meet the individual needs of the children in their care and support the children’s wellbeing and development.