How to choose the right OOSH service for your child

Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
Last updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2020

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When you are choosing OOSH services, think about:

  • Location. How will my child travel to and from school to the OOSH service?
  • Cost. What are the fees charged, and what do they include?
  • Availability. How far ahead do I need to book? Are places available when I need them?
  • Staff. What qualifications and/or experience do the staff have?

You should also consider your child's needs and interests:

  • Are the children made to feel welcome by the staff and other children?
  • Can I talk to staff about my child's needs and activities offered?
  • Do the activities suit my child's interests? If my child doesn't want to join in organised activities, is there supervised free play?
  • Is the environment suitable and interesting?
  • Is homework supervised?
  • Are any meals provided? Do they cater to special dietary needs (eg allergies)?
  • Other considerations. Do they administer medication? Do they have a television and is it supervised?

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