Breakfast clubs provide childcare for children in a safe and supervised environment before the start of the school day.
- Who runs them?
- Where does the childcare take place?
- What hours to they open?
- How old are the children they look after?
- What is the average fee?
- What is the ratio of staff to children?
- Will they have any checks?
- Do they have any training?
- How can I apply for a place?
- Further reading
Who runs them?
It depends on how they are set up, they could be run directly by the school, a private company or a voluntary organisation.
Where does the childcare take place?
Normally on the school site but it may be in a nearby hall.
What hours do they open?
This will vary, some start at 7.30am, others at 7.45am or later and will finish when school starts. Some clubs have been able to move their start times so parents can catch a certain train to work so it's worth asking if the times don't meet your needs.
How old are the children they look after?
Most will take children from the age of 4 to 12 years but this is different for each club as it will usually depend on the age of the school they are based in or near to.
What is the average fee?
The average fee in Surrey is usually between £2.50 to £5.50 per session depending on the length of time the club is open and if food is provided.
You can also find details of support available to help with childcare costs on our Paying for childcare web page.
What is the ratio of staff to children?
This will depend on the age of the children. Three to eight year olds should have a 1 to 8 ratio. For children aged 9 years and older the ratio differs but a 1 to 10 is recommended where possible. Two members of staff must be present at all times.
Will they have any checks?
Staff will have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to make sure they are suitable to work with children and young people. The provider must follow their safer recruitment policy.
Do they have any training?
Staff should hold certificates in first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding/child protection. If they are registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register, the manager should hold a minimum of a level 3 in a relevant qualification, and 50% of the rest of the staff should hold a minimum of a level 2 in a relevant qualification.
However, if they are on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register then the requirement is one person with a minimum of level 2 in a relevant area of work or one person with training in the common core of skills and knowledge.
How can I apply for a place?
You can apply for a place by contacting the breakfast club directly. You can search for clubs in your area in our Childcare finder by entering your postcode or location and filtering the results by the childcare type Breakfast or after school club.
You can find further information about finding and paying for childcare in our Choosing childcare booklet.
Files available to download
Checklist - breakfast clubs, after schools clubs and holiday playschemes (PDF)
Questions to ask and what to look out for when visiting a breakfast club, after school club or holiday playscheme