After school and holiday clubs

Breakfast and afterschool clubs

Most primary schools operate an ‘extended day’. This means they offer care and education services for children from 8am - 6pm, either within the school or in partnership with other local organisations.

Before school

Breakfast clubs (sometimes known as Early Bird clubs) offer breakfast and play or leisure activities usually starting at 8am.

After school

Each school runs a range of activity clubs 1 day a week, for example sports, mathematics, drama, dance, usually until 4.30pm. These may vary over the course of the year. There are many free activities, some are charged. Ask your school office for more information.

Schools also offer play centres or childcare, where your child can play with friends and experience a range of fun activities until 6pm, supported by qualified and experienced playworkers. (Sometimes this is called an “afterschool club”, which is confusing as it is often the same name that it is used for the free one day a week clubs above). If the school links with a local organisation to provide this service, then staff will escort the children between the school and their centre.

Breakfast and afterschool clubs in Hackney

Most schools in Hackney offer breakfast and afterschool clubs or have arrangements in place with private providers. Please contact your child's school for details.

We will be publishing information on the services provided by private providers. This will be made available shortly. 

Holiday playschemes

There are various holiday playschemes available during the school holidays, where you can send your child while you are at work. They are open to children aged from four to twelve years old, but may cater to older children. 

The next holiday playscheme that's run by Hackney Education will be during the Easter holidays. Find out more about the Hackney Education Holiday Scheme.

Choosing a safe setting for your child

Many parents use extra-curricular clubs, tuition centres and other out-of-school settings to support their child’s development and will want to ensure that they are able to attend these settings safely.

The DfE has published new guidance for parents and carers to help them choose a safe setting for their child. It provides suggested questions for parents and carers to ask providers on child protection and health and safety, as well as positive signs and red flags to look out for when visiting a setting. The guidance aims to reduce the number of children who attend settings where they are at risk by equipping parents to take a proactive approach in choosing settings with good safeguarding practices in place.

View the DfE guidance:

If you have a concern about the safety of your child at an out-of-school setting then a member of the Hackney Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will be happy to discuss your concerns with you. Call 020 8356 5500 Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) or 020 8356 2710 outside of these hours.

Things to do

We have lots of free and cheap activities for your children to do during the holidays. There is free swimming for children at Hackney pools (not the Lido) and parks, libraries and museums all have free activities during the holidays. Children can also visit their local adventure playground.

Adventure playgrounds

An adventure playground is a space dedicated to children’s play. Skilled Playworkers are on hand to encourage and make possible access to the widest range of play opportunities and experiences; from swinging, climbing and digging to building dens, cooking and painting.

The adventure playgrounds are free to enter and children can come and go as they choose. They are usually open after school, on Saturdays and in the holidays, and accept children aged from 6 to 15 years.

List of Adventure Playgrounds

Family Information Service

The Hackney Family Information Service (FIS) offers free, impartial advice and information on childcare, paying for childcare, funded places for 2-4 year olds as well as information and advice on local services and activities for children and families. 

Other help and support

Hackney Local offer: Hackney's Local Offer website sets out information about services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) who are aged 0 to 25. It also offers more general information on childcare and family support.


Hackney Family Information Service (FIS)

020 8820 7000 option 6 or 020 8820 7590
This page was last modified on: 29 Feb 2024