Kiddlywinks – Before and After School Club

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At Kiddlywinks our Mission is to provide a safe, caring, inspiring and engaging social environment, within a bright, stimulating, integrated, child centred setting.  We will facilitate free access to play, equipment and activities at the child’s own pace, respecting their individual decisions and interests.  We will respect and value family differences in culture, background and composition.

With this in mind, children are welcomed into a safe, warm and caring environment with a happy atmosphere. They are regarded as an individual, listened to, have their feelings respected and their opinions valued. They are cared for by skilled, qualified and experienced staff that understand the needs of children. Children will be given praise and encouragement, opportunities to succeed and an environment where positive behaviour is promoted. They will be encouraged to develop self-discipline and consideration for others and the environment. Every child will be given access to stimulating, fun and creative activities supportive of each child’s stage of development which encourages the all round development of the child. We will provide opportunities for each child to realise their full potential, to learn new skills, develop confidence and a positive self-image.

 

History

In 2002 a group of working parents who required after school care for their children formed Oldfield Park After School Club. In 2008, due to problems recruiting new voluntary committee members, two long standing members of staff, Louise Stone and Izzy Wyatt, approached the management committee with a request to operate the club themselves as a business concern and extend the service provided to include breakfast and holiday clubs.  After consultation with parents and carers the committee gave their full support to this idea.  A new Ofsted registration for Kiddlywinks was granted in June 2008.

 

Location

HiveThe club is based in ‘The Hive’ at Oldfield Park Infants School, Dorset Close, Bath.  This multi-purpose room was extensively and attractively refurbished in the summer of 2008 and extended in 2012.  During the day ‘The Hive’ serves the school as a dining hall/extended classroom/community room.  The club has use of The Hive itself, toilet facilities (based in the main school), main school hall, ICT Suite and playground area, including wild area and timber trails.

 

 

Ofsted

The club was inspected by Ofsted in November 2008 and received a ‘Good’ report.

Please click here to see a full copy of our Inspection Report.

 

Staff

The club is run by experienced and qualified staff.  Both Managers hold a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork and a CACHE Level 3 Award in Early Years and Child Care for Playworkers.  Currently we have several part-time playworkers who work various sessions at breakfast club and/or after school club.  All our staff have Enhanced DBS checks and both Managers hold current paediatric first aid certificates.  All our staff have received child protection/safeguarding training and as we only have children at our club who attend Oldfield Park Infants School our policy runs alongside the school’s Child Protection Policy.

Our adult : child ratios are 1 : 8 and we can take 24 children per session when we have three members of staff on duty.  The changes under the new EYFS which came into effect on 1st September 2014 do allow us to relax our adult : child ratios –  however, this would invalidate our insurance and for this reason our ratios will remain as 1 : 8 for the foreseeable future.

 

Breakfast/Snack Time

At breakfast club the children can have cereal and/or toast, together with fruit juice, milk or water to drink.

Although the majority of children have already had breakfast before arriving at Kiddlywinks, they are very welcome to have a second breakfast with us!

At after school club the children have a healthy snack.  This is not a full tea, but is just enough to keep chidren going until they have their main meal at home.  We see this as a time for the children to relax after a day at school by chatting together around the table.  The children are also encouraged to help clear away after snack time and are often very keen to help with the washing up!  The children’s snack varies and includes pasta in sauce, toast, flapjack, crumpets, muffins, malt loaf, various seasonal fruits and vegetables, raisins, etc.  We do not offer any foods which contain meat.  Drinking water is freely available.  Childrens individual dietary requirements are considered at all times.

 

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There are a large range of resources and toys available appropriate to the varied ages and abilities

of children attending.  Activities include arts and crafts resources, board games, Lego, jigsaws, play kitchens/food, dressing up, cars, small world toys, multi-cultural toys, etc.  We use the school hall for inside games and  ICT Suite – which is always very popular with the children.  Whenever possible we  make use of the playground and wild area.  The children eagerly engage in all outside activities and the timber trails are a favourite.  During the summer the children have great fun exploring the wild area.  We occasionally show a movie on wet afternoons when it is difficult to get outside.  The children have completely free choice in their play and staff make no attempt to direct or control their play, unless invited to do so.

 

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We offer holiday clubs when there is sufficient demand.  We consult with parents to see if there is a need for a club and then proceed based on replies.  The cost of a holiday club session is £28.50 per day and the club runs from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.  The majority of holiday club sessions involve trips in the local area (boat trip on the River Avon, Bath City Farm, Odeon Kids Club, etc.).

 

Bookings/Invoices

We kindly ask parents/carers to book in advance for each of the 6 school terms (each term is approximately 6/7 weeks long).  This is to ensure we can organise the correct staffing levels each day throughout the term.  Once a booking form has been completed, all sessions booked must be paid for and will be invoiced accordingly.  Invoices are issued monthly in advance by email on the first of each month.  We believe offering termly bookings gives parents/carers greater flexibility by allowing different sessions to be booked each term if required.  Payment can be made by bank transfer, childcare vouchers or cash.  Unfortunately we are only able to accept cheques for registration fees.

We can accept last minute/one-off bookings provided we have the spaces available with the necessary number of staff in place to meet ratios and a registration form has been completed.  We do ask for 4 weeks notice if you wish to permanently cancel your child’s place at Kiddlywinks and normal fees will be payable during this notice period.

 

Opening Times

Breakfast club sessions run from 7.45 am until the children go into school at 9 am.  You are welcome to drop your child at breakfast club at anytime from 7.45 am onwards.

After school club sessions run from school finish at 3.05 pm until 6 pm (Reception children are brought to the setting each day by their class teaching assistant at 3 pm).   Parents/carers are of course welcome to collect their child at anytime during the session.

 

Cost

The cost per session for breakfast club is currently £5 and for after school club £9.65 (from 1st September 2014).  A fee review takes place in July each year and any increase in fees takes place from the September of that year.  There is a one off registration fee of £10 per family.

 

If you require further details or information, please contact Izzy on 07852 908829 or Louise on 07870 154142, email us at kiddlywinks@hotmail.co.uk or pop in and see us at the club.