3 Things To Consider When Choosing Out Of School Clubs
Out of school clubs provide a chance for your children to spend their time pursuing organized activities after they are out of school but before you are ready for them to come home. Finding the right club is essential to keeping them safe in the afternoon, while also keeping them occupied until your day is done too. Keep reading to learn the 3 things to consider when choosing out of school clubs for your kids.
1) Location, location, location: Is the club somewhere your kids can get to on their own after school is out? It’s likely you’ll be at work and can’t run to get your kids every day only to drop them off somewhere and go back to work. Find clubs that are on the school grounds itself or within walking distance. If not, find one that runs its own transportation to pick up the kids for you and takes them to where they are going to spend their afternoon.
2) Keep the education going: Out of school clubs are a great chance to expand on the education your kids are getting in preparation for adult life. There are three ways to approach this. First, you can use an afternoon club to reinforce a subject your child is finding difficult and needs additional study and work in. Second, you can have your child study something you feel is important but does not get educated on in school, like a particular foreign language or style of music. Third, you can let your kids choose their own interests and let them pursue them.
3) Keep closing time in mind: Some out of school clubs have a set time they are done, and they expect the kids to be picked up promptly, not before, not later. This can prove inconvenient for you as a parent. Will you wind up leaving work early anyway? Or will you end up sitting in a parking lot waiting? Find clubs that offer a little flexibility so that you can make this last errand one that flows smoothly with your day.
As with all things where you trust your children to the care of another, do background checks. Also inquire about
first aid availability, and the experience, certification and licenses of employees involved. Make sure that you trust your children only with a safe and trusted business.
After school clubs are wonderful opportunities for children to enjoy activities that might be related to their schoolwork, but not the kinds of things they have to do in the classroom. It’s also a chance for stress relief.
Working parents might not remember school as stressful, especially given all the days off, but it is for children, even today. Clubs can break the monotony. They also provide a venue for social interaction with other kids their age after school but before they have to go home and spend the rest of their day with their family all evening and night.