Councils up and down the country run after-school play schemes and school holiday schemes for the youngsters.
But what sort of children go along each night after school – and what do they get up to?
Most of the people who run them are dedicated to their jobs. After all, it keeps them away from home at a time when most of us would be looking forward to our tea.
Find out who your local play leaders are and visit their special communities. Chat to the mums and dads for whom it’s a godsend to have somewhere safe, warm, dry and stimulating for the kids until they get home.
Some have been under threat from the spectre of council cuts. Where would that leave the regulars?