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The 4 Nations Out of School Childcare Forum is comprised of representatives from the national intermediary organisations representing and supporting Out of School Childcare (OSC) in the UK’s 4 nations:

England: Out of School Alliance

Northern Ireland: Playboard Northern Ireland 

Playboard Northern Ireland is a registered charity (104724).

Scotland: Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN)

SOSCN is a Scottish registered charity (SC020520).


Wales: Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs is a registered charity (1093260).


The forum was established in 2021 to strengthen policy, practice, research and support for OSC across the whole of the UK.

OSC is devolved to each of the 4 nations’ governments and although there are clear similarities in terms of practice; registration, inspection and qualification requirements differ, as do government policies and support.

The forum is the only hub for accurate and current information about OSC in each of the 4 home nations of the UK, as well as our joint work as a forum.  OSC is also sometimes referred to as "out of school care" or "school age childcare".

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