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Out-of-school Settings

This page breaks down the information provided by the government in regards to:

  • After school clubs
  • Holiday clubs
  • Tuition
  • Community Activities
  • Other out-of-school settings for children aged 5 and older

Although scientific advice suggests there is a low risk of infection to younger children, it is still important that protective measures are in place.

The venue

Encourage children to walk or cycle to the venue. Ask them to avoid using public transport where possible. Do not allow car shares with other households to the venue.

Consider carefully the number of settings each child attends. For example, try to avoid sending them to different settings each day.

Consider delivering sessions outdoors where possible.

Some venues may not be able to accommodate adults due to smaller group sizes. Where an adult can stay, priority should be given to those with children with special care needs.

Only one parent should drop a child off at the venue with allocated drop off and collection times. Ensure parental consent forms are up to date with at least one emergency contact number. 


Keep children in small groups of no more than 15 with at least one adult per group. These groups should stay the same each time. Multiple groups can use the same space with social distancing in place if necessary.

Try to keep children in the same bubble they share in school if possible.

A written or electronic copy of attendees should be kept for 21 days for Test and Trace purposes.

Any singing or playing wind or brass instrument activities have to ensure social distancing between each member of the group of 15 as well. These activities should only happen in well-ventilated settings or outdoors. Children should be encouraged to not sing loudly.

Any child who shows symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and get a test.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) should be given priority access to places within groups.


Staff and children should be encouraged to wash their hands more frequently – before and after activities as well as after using toilet facilities.

Encourage good respiratory hygiene with the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

Encourage children to bring their own items such as stationary so they do not have to share.

Sports and arts equipment should be cleaned and left unused for 48 hours (72 if plastic) between groups.

Clean frequently touched surfaces more often than usual.

Increase the frequency of cleaning toilets and washrooms.

Allow sufficient changeover time between groups to allow for additional cleaning and to prevent groups congregating outside.




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