Wraparound and holiday childcare: responding to requests

Guidance to help schools understand how to respond to requests from parents and childcare providers about wraparound and holiday childcare.

Applies to England



This guidance is for:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It may also be useful for:

  • childcare providers
  • relevant trade unions
  • local authorities

It includes how to respond to:

  • parents who ask their child’s school to establish wraparound and/or holiday childcare
  • childcare providers who ask to use school facilities for wraparound and/or holiday childcare at times when the school isn’t using them

‘Wraparound childcare’ is childcare that schools provide outside of normal school hours, such as breakfast clubs or after school childcare.

‘Holiday childcare’ is childcare that schools provide during school holidays.

Published 26 May 2016