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Choosing Afterschool Care



Many day care centres also provide after-school care with some offering school collections. When looking at Afterschool Centres for your child, make sure to ask questions around the following issues:

Suitable Facility/Accomodation – is the centre suitable for Afterschool Care with age appropriate facilities

Homework & Supervised Study – is there an appropriate room/environment for children to do their homework. Is the supervisor qualified to help with homework where appropriate

Internet/Computer Facilities – are such facilities available – often required for homework/project research

Flexible Days – can you opt for afterschool care only on required days.

Collection from School – If the centre offers school collection, ensure that you are satisfied with transport arrangements, i.e. appropriately insured, seatbelts, qualified driver etc.

Range of Activities available to child to relax when homework is done (Books, TV, Computer Games, Board Games etc). Do you want your child to be allowed to watch TV/play computer games.

Opportunity for Extra-Curricular Activities – Indoor & Outdoor. Many centres will bring in coaches/teachers for extra curricular activities.

Snacks/Hot Food – are these provided?

Age Range – What age range will your child be with – is it appropriate.

Mid-Term & School Holidays – Does the centre provide additional care during school holidays

Qualified Staff ?

Ratio of Staff to Students?