After school and holiday clubs

Breakfast and afterschool clubs

Most primary schools now 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. These usually cost between 50p and £2 a session and are now offered by many schools.

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). These cost between £3 and £9 a session (usually £5). If the school links with a local organisation to provide this service, then staff will escort the children between the school and their centre.

Holiday playschemes

Please note: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government has produced guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings

There are various holiday playschemes during the half terms, Easter and summer holidays where you can send your child while you are at work. They cost between £5 and £33 a day. We will publish more information about these schemes about 8 weeks before summer, 4 weeks before Easter and 3 weeks before half term holidays.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are still waiting for confirmation from playscheme providers as to whether they will be operating any schemes this summer. Information regarding holiday playschemes and activities will be updated as we are notified

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 Services

020 8820 7590
This page was last modified on: 18 Aug 2020