Out of School Care

Out of School Care

A Helping Hand for Parents

The needs of individual families and carers vary in terms of the very busy schedules that determine our lives. Out of School Care is a service which some of our nurseries offer as a means to accommodating the differing work patterns that parents and carers have and allowing for a flexible approach in terms of arranging for the care of children before and after school.

Why it is important

It is important to keep providing a service at these times which adheres to our values of putting children first and retaining an environment which is conducive to learning and fun which also assists in the needs of parents and carers.

A Brief Overview of Services Included

Out of School Care is a continuation of the excellent services that Thrive Childcare and Education offers. The activities we provide in these sessions include:


  • learning all about the environment and recycling
  • Enjoying free play
  • Creating lots of junk modelling
  • Reading each night with nursery managers
  • Daily group chats
  • Playing games such as Charades
  • Quiz nights
  • films night
  • Ring games of the children’s choice.


  • Fire making
  • Tool handling
  • Adventures off site
  • Messy play
  • Baking/cooking on the fire
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Music and Movement


  • Arts and crafts.
  • Baking.
  • Dance.
  • Yoga.
  • We provide a full tea at after school club.

Nutritious meals are provided during these sessions

Our nurseries which currently offer Out of School Care are:

  • Astley Nature Kindergarten
  • Dunblane Nature Kindergarten
  • Holyrood Swinton
Nutritious meals

Holiday Club

In addition to Out of School Care, some of our nurseries run a ‘Holiday Club’ which runs during every school holiday. In these, we invite children from any and all schools to attend!

These clubs care for children from 4 to 11 years of age and offer a variety of activities to take part in. These include:

  • Various outings (such as trips to the museum or cinema)
  • Picnics
  • Woodland Walks
  • Messy play (Astley)
  • Science experiments (Astley)

These Holiday Clubs are offered in adherence to the Thrive Childcare and Education ethos of making sure the children are safe and secure, provided with a quality education where they learn through play, and of course, are happy!