Somerset County Council

Out of school childcare providers information


This page contains helpful resources, links and updates designed especially for Out of School Childcare (OOSC) providers in Somerset, including breakfast, holiday and after school care clubs and playschemes. Information will be updated regularly and will include any important news from Ofsted and details of any upcoming Network Meetings.

All children have the right to play (article 31 UN Convention on The Rights of the Child) and play is absolutely crucial for a child's development, social skills and health. Playwork is a highly skilled profession that enriches and enhances children's play. It takes place where adults support children's play but it is not driven by prescribed education or care outcomes. Reflective practice and the maintaining up-to-date knowledge is encouraged. 

Somerset County Council works in partnership with Somerset Play Forum to offer Network meetings which will include workshops, skills based learning and guest speakers along with an annual play conference. 

Please look at the upcoming meetings -

OOSC providers should also consult the Information for Early Years Providers and Supporting your Early Years Business pages for additional information.

Out of School Childcare providers (OOSC) in Somerset include breakfast, holiday and after school care clubs and playschemes. These services can be provided by the private, voluntary and independent sector including school governors, trustees, committees, owners and registered childminders.

Out of school childcare providers are currently supported by Early Years and Schools Improvement Officers. 

All Ofsted registered Childcare providers must meet requirements, whether the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) or Requirements for the Childcare Register, or sometimes both, depending on the age and stage of development of children in attendance.

This page should be used in conjunction with the other Somerset Early Years webpages, links to which can be found on this page. Useful external websites can be found on the Useful webpages and subscriptions document and should be used to support your practice and Continuing Professional Development.

Most of the documents provided can be tailored to suit your individual needs so please feel free to make alterations as necessary. Depending on what childcare service you offer, not every document or website will be relevant to you.

Below are some documents that may be relevant to your Out of School provision.

Please feel free to download and amend documents as required.

Play Documents (including date modified)

Play Pod Case Study 17/12/2013 
Play Types linked to EYFS Areas of Learning 13/08/2013 
Managing Risk in Play Provision 13/08/2013 
What is Play? 11/04/2013 
Pocket Guide to Playwork 05/07/2013 
Playwork Principles 11/04/2013 
A quality Playworker is..... 09/05/2013 
Required Training for Playworkers 16/10/2013
The Benefits of Risky Play 16/10/2013 

Laws and regulation

Children Act 2004
Childcare Act 2006
Education Act 2002
Equality Act 2010


Contact: Early Years Team
Address: B2 South, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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