Childcare and play
services for older children
We want to make sure that you have
the play and childcare services you need, when and where you need
them and in the way that is best for you. This means that parents
and carers have more chances to return to work or make use of
What are the different types of supervised out of school
We have different services to suit different
- Breakfast clubs - open in the mornings, before
school, in your child's school or with a walk-round service to get
them to school safely and on time
- After school clubs - open in the afternoons
from approximately 3pm to 6.30pm, either in your child's school or
with a safe, supervised collection and walk-round service (a few
provisions use a minibus)
- Holiday playschemes - open during school
holidays and teacher training days to cater to the needs of working
parents, often available between 8am and 6pm
- Other projects open at different times (for
example, weekend provision)
Out of school childcare is provided in Newham by voluntary,
community and private organisations working alongside the council.
Fees and arrangements vary from project to project. Activities also
vary, but usually include elements of play, art and craft, sport,
games, and socialising. There are also often visits to other
venues, and day outings during holidays.
Out of school services in the borough must be fully inclusive and
are registered with the regulatory body, Ofsted where the provision
is for children aged eight and younger, or on the voluntary
childcare register where older children are concerned. This ensures
quality standards are met.
You can find details of childcare provisions for older children in
the borough from the Family Information Service (FIS) via email
or by calling 020 8430 2000.
Open Access Play Projects
Newham also has a number of Open Access Play Projects for children
aged between 5 and 16 years old. These schemes usually run between
3.30pm and 6pm for between 1 and 5 nights a week during term-time
and sometimes in school holidays.
Open access play allows children and young people to come and go as
they please and there is no charge for attendance.
Play workers in Parks
We now have a team of playworkers developing services in parks for
children across the borough. Play in parks is currently available
to children and young people aged 6-14 years after school, in the
holidays and occasionally at weekends. Provision is free and
children and young people can come and go as they please.
The purpose of open access play and the play workers in parks
provision is to provide a safe environment which enables children
and young people to learn and develop through a wide variety of
challenging play opportunities away from their parents and carers,
helping them develop the skills to play responsibly and
You can find details of open access play provisions for older
children from the Family Information Service (FIS) via email
or by calling 020 8430 2000.