Out of School Care Survey

Closed 27 May 2015

Opened 27 Apr 2015

Feedback updated 31 Aug 2016

We asked

A range of questions in relation to parents and carers' views and experience of out of school care.

You said

More than 1400 parents/carers responded to the survey. Parents/carers raised a range of issues including cost, availability of places, flexibility, relevance for older pupils, inclusion of young people with disabilities and other concerns.

We did

We are currently exploring the findings in more depth with a series of focus groups. We will then report on findings to a future Education, Children and Families Committee meeting, seeking approval for a number of recommendations which will be shaped by the survey and focus group response.

For a summary and full report, see the Early Years blog: http://tinyurl.com/edearlyyears


The City of Edinburgh Council would like to find out what parents and carers think about out of school care services – after school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday provision and child minders.  We'd like to know which services parents/carers use, what they think about them and if there is anything they would like to see changed.

The following survey is for parents and carers of children/young people from Primary 1 to Secondary 6 only.

Why your views matter

The City of Edinburgh Council is committed to improving out of school care.  At the same time, the Scottish Government has asked all councils to talk to parents and carers about their experience of using out of school care services so they can be improved. Parent/carer feedback is therefore really important and we will use it to help plan services in the future

What happens next

After the survey has been completed, a series of focus groups will be carried out with parents/carers to explore key themes arising from the feedback.  A report will then go to the Education, Children and Families Committee outlining how we will respond to the feedback.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Children & Young People
  • Parents/carers
  • Education institutions
  • Young people


  • Children and Families
  • Parental engagement
  • Schools
  • Youth clubs and participation