Out of School Care

Out of school care in Aberdeenshire is for primary school aged children and provided by the council, private providers and the voluntary sector. These may be available before and after school, in service days and school holidays. This will vary between different providers.

Activities are identified and led by children with support from a professional staff team. Through play and participating in activities, your child will learn to explore, create, investigate, build relationships, develop and learn new skills, discover and have fun. Children will have positive experiences through a variety of activities in and out of doors.

How we assure quality

The services are regulated by Care Inspectorate. Inspection reports can be viewed on their website.

Staff working in out of school care are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)Staff who manage these services are required to reach a BA degree in Childhood Practice or equivalent qualification. Support staff achieve a variety of qualifications along with Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Staff in all settings follow Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) which is based on children’s rights and its principles reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Services also follow the Health and Social Care Standards which are rights-based, person-led and outcome-focused.

Finding out of school care provision

For out of school care provision in Aberdeenshire, including information about religious and cultural provision, additional support needs, dietary requirements, wheelchair accessibility and languages spoken please contact