Out of School Setting
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 20 February 2021, the Department of Education has updated the out-of-school settings guidance to provide more information on who can attend out-of-school settings from Monday 8 March, and what measures should be put in place to reduce the risk of transmission. The updated guidance is available on the government website.
Parents and carers should limit the number of settings their children attend as far as possible, and ideally to ensure their children attend the same setting consistently. For further information please contact the Out of School Settings Team on: OOSS@redbridge.gov.uk
What is an Out of School Setting?
Many children and young people attend a variety of out of schools settings and activities in Redbridge, often, without their parents’ or carers supervision. These settings provide an important service to children in our community with opportunities to gain useful skills, make new friendships and improve their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
They are generally run during evenings, weekends and school holidays, although some are part-time during school hours to meet the needs of those in-Home Education. Subjects are varied and range from sport, arts, language, learning a musical instrument, joining a youth organisation, such as scouts and guides, doing extra maths and English in a tuition centre and education in their own faith.
An out of school setting does not include schools or colleges registered by the Department for Education and are not required to be registered by any statutory organisation. There are no regulations governing many out of school activities unless it is an Ofsted registered childcare provision, in which case it must adhere to the statutory requirements of its Ofsted registration. Therefore, Redbridge Local Authority does not currently endorse any setting in the borough other than those with an official and up to date registration.
Redbridge - Activities Out of School Membership Scheme
Out-of-school activities (including wraparound care) may continue to operate if their primary purpose is providing registered childcare, where this is reasonably necessary to enable parents to:
- Work or search for work
- Undertake training or education
- For the purposes of respite care, including for vulnerable children
- Out-of-school activities that are primarily used by home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education (which could include, for example, tuition centres, supplementary schools, or private tutors) may also continue to operate.
- Youth support services, including 1-1 youth work and support groups, may also continue to operate.
- These settings should continue to undertake risk assessments and implement the system of controls set out in the protective measures for holiday clubs and after-school clubs and other out-of-school clubs for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak guidance. Providers of youth services and activities should also refer to the National Youth Agency’s guidance for managing youth sector spaces and activities during COVID-19, where it is relevant to do so.
- All other out of school activities, not being primarily used by parents for these purposes, should close for face to face provision but can offer remote education, for the duration of the national restrictions.
- It is also important to note that some premises which settings would typically operate out of may only be able to open for certain limited purposes. You should check the latest guidance on new national restrictions from 5 November to see which businesses and venues can open and for which purposes.
Safety first/protecting children and young people
We recognise the many exemplary providers who create positive and safe environments for children to flourish, engage in new activities, and interact with their peers, but we want to ensure that all out of school settings are a safe place for children to be, regardless of what activity they are participating in.
Coaches, tutors, religious leaders and all other providers involved in Out of School settings have an over-riding responsibility to protect and safeguard children and young people from the risk of harmful practices.
Tuition Centres and/or Private tutors are increasingly being used to provide additional learning support in a variety of subjects, e.g. maths, English, reading, and languages. Tutors do not have to be a qualified teacher or have a Disclosure and barring service check and are not required to be registered or approved by any statutory organisation. Read NSPCC useful resource, which gives both tutors and parents advise on how to ensure that children are safe during tutoring sessions.
Some tutors work in association with schools, others work independently. If you are considering using a tutor, it is helpful to tell the school so that they are aware and can offer support with what areas your child may need extra help with or what would benefit your child most. Thinking of using the services of a Private Tutor or Tuition Centre?
Consideration for parents and carers
As a parent or carer, it is important when choosing an out of school settings (OOSS) that certain questions are asked of a provider, such as whether staff have undertaken DBS checks, how safe is the environment. A provider should be able to reassure you that your child/ren will be safe in their setting and demonstrate the steps they are taking to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Here are some further questions to consider asking:
- do all the staff/volunteers have a valid Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS)?
- who has overall responsibility for safeguarding and may I/we have a copy of your safeguarding policy?
- are the premises safe, for example, are fire notices displayed?
- who is responsible for first aid?
- is there a parental consent and emergency contact form that I/we need to complete?
- are the necessary building insurances in place, in date and available on request?
You may wish to sit in on a session, to satisfy yourself that it is a safe environment before determining to send your child to a particular OOSS.
Responsibilities for out of school providers
All out of school setting providers have an obligation to ensure that children and young people in their care are offered a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn or have fun. They also have a responsibility towards the people who work for them whether they are employed or voluntary, in addition to offering clear guidance and protection against possible allegations or misconduct.
The Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children as well as ensuring that all adults who work with children and young people are safe to do so. Out of school settings includes a wide range of activities and ages the arrangements for keeping children and young people safe will vary. As a minimum standard out of school settings should have:
- A safeguarding policy (including online and digital safety)
- Health and safety procedures including insurances and fire safety
- DBS checks for staff and volunteers
- GDPR compliance
- Complaints procedure
Are you thinking about setting up an activity out of school?
Our guide to setting up an activity out of school can help get you started.
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For further information please contact the Out of School Settings Team emailing us at OOSS@redbridge.gov.uk or calling 07808861646
*Out of School Setting is any institution providing tuition, training, instruction or activities to children aged under 18 in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision that is not a school, college, 16-19 academy, early years provider (for children under 8) or registered childcare provider; and otherwise regulated under education law.
If you have a concern about a child and would like to seek advice regarding child abuse or neglect please contact the Child Protection Assessment Team (CPAT) and check our dedicated page.
Referrals can be made over the phone or via email:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 020 8708 3885 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- Out of hours telephone: 020 8708 5897
- Redbridge Safeguarding policy (PDF 8,4MB)
- Redbridge Safeguarding policy - Annex April2020 (PDF 539KB)
- Redbridge Safeguarding children partnership
- What to do if a child is being abused - government publication
- DBS check online and umbrella organisations
- Redbridge Training Opportunities TBA
- Funding Opportunities
- Guidance for Parents, Carers and Providers: Out of School Settings in LBR Leaflet (PDF 86 KB)
- Department for Education: Voluntary Safeguarding Code of Practice: Government Consultation TBA
- Elective Home Education
- Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Local Offer
- Safeguarding and remote education guidance during COVID-19
- Safer Internet guidance
- Thinkuknow (CEOP/police) resource library
- NSPCC online safety policy statement
- Thoughts about use of social media (NSPCC)
- Online Safety policy (London Grid for Learning or LGfL)
- Acceptable use policy(LGfL)
- Teaching Online Safety in Schools
- Resource area from the NSPCC for out of school settings
- NSPCC safeguarding standards
- NCVO guidance for developing policies and procedures in the voluntary sector
For further information please contact the Out of School Settings Team on: OOSS@redbridge.gov.uk 07808861646