How to choose the right OOSH service for your child

How to choose the right OOSH service for your child

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?

Use our before and after school care search to find OOSH services in your local area and click here for Vacation Care.

This child care article was last updated on Monday, 2 October 2017

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