Are all school wraparounds created equal? The simple answer is no.

Though they share a common goal – to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which kids can experience an enriching extension to the school day – the quality can vary greatly.

So, if you’re a parent who is considering sending their child to a local school wraparound, there are a number of ways to assess the provision on offer.

The biggest feeling you’re going to get is from the team on site. They will have the relevant qualifications to adhere with Ofsted guidance but competency levels will differ and how they make you feel is going to be a big indicator here.

How do they interact with the children in their care? How do they handle conflict or challenges on site? How do they manage the relationships with the parents on site? These are questions that can highlight disparities in quality.

Furthermore, the variety of activities that are offered at a wraparound contribute significantly to the overall quality. You’d hope to see a wide range of activities catering to a diversity of interests – from physical activities, to arts, to board games and role play – thereby enriching the overall learning experience.

Lastly, high-quality wraparound settings will prioritise communication and collaboration with parents. They offer regular progress reports about your child’s activities, behaviours, and experiences – ensure a safe environment, and quick responses to any concerns you may have.

So, when it comes to choosing a wraparound setting, be sure to explore these factors.

Ask questions, and take a close look at their offering. Ensure it meets your expectations and if not be sure to provide feedback.