Situated at Lodge Farm Primary School, Stevenage
We are open every day of the year – except Lodge Farm Inset Days and Bank Holidays and the week falling between Christmas Day and New Years Day of the December holidays.
Breakfast Club will be open during term time from 7.30am to 8.50am
After School Club will be open daily during term time from close of school at 3:15pm till 6.15pm.
Holiday Club will be open daily during school holidays from: 7:30am till 6:15pm
Please note that on last day of the school term, when school closes early, we will be open from the announced closing time till.
Children must be between 4 – 16 years of age.
The setting is held in the KS1 & KS2 Hall and Dining Halls of Lodge Farm Primary School:Lodge Farm Primary School
Both the Ofsted Registration & Insurance Certificates are displayed on the Springers Notice Board.
In order to provide appropriate care to children with specific needs, an assessment will be made using the information provided on the registration form. Failure to provide all the information requested will affect our ability to provide the best possible care. If required, for an additional fee, a staff member can be made available to provide a one-to-one level of care for children with specific needs.
Springers accepts the majority of Childcare Vouchers. If you are planning on using vouchers as a form of payment please speak to a member of staff should you require registration details to register for vouchers.
The setting is lead by an experienced NVQ3 qualified Play Leader supported by a motivated and enthusiastic team. All staff have successfully undertaken (DBS) checks to determine their suitability to work with children, as well as a training programme prior their commencement of employment within the setting – ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The training provided includes health and safety, food hygiene, child protection/safeguarding, WRAP/Prevent Duty Training ( Counter terrorism awareness), paediatric first aid. All staff are required to haveand a thorough understanding of the Club’s policies and procedures. Staff will be working within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) therefore places will be limited in order to maintain the appropriate staff to child ratio of 1 adult to 8 children (1:8).
There will be a wide variety of art and craft activities, messy play, outdoor play, individual & group games and activities, as well as ICT equipment (Ipads, DSi’s, Playstation3, Nintendo Wii & X-box360); baking; role play; dress up; dance & much more. There will also be the opportunity for quieter games and activities when the excitement gets a little too much!
Breakfast is available in the morning up until 9am. Water is available throughout the session. A light snack of either: fruit, vegetables or toast are provided on a daily basis (at 10:30am & 3:30pm). Children are required to bring their own packed lunch which is eaten at 12:00pm for KS1 and 12:30pm for KS2.
Water is available throughout the session. A fortnightly menu is in place which includes a variety of different snack options (offering 2 of the following daily) – for example : light snack – for example: pasta / toast / tortilla wraps / pitta breads/ soup / spaghetti hoops , crumpets and baguettes. With cheese, ham, yoghurts & fruit and veg provided daily.
We acknowledge that it is difficult to please each individuals preference in snack choice, so we aim to keep the menu as varied as possible ensuring healthy options are available at all times.
School uniform is worn at after school club. During holiday club, T-Shirts and/or aprons will be supplied for arts & crafts. Our aim is to have fun – which sometimes means getting ‘messy’! During school holidays we recommend your children don’t wear their ‘best’ clothing to the club to avoid these getting ruined during play!
Holiday Club: During the summer months please provide your child with a ‘labelled’ cap and sun cream to ensure their safety during outside play. On hot days it might be a good idea to freeze a drink (in a plastic bottle) which keeps their drink cool. Weather permitting, we play water games outside - so a change of clothes and a small towel would be useful.
We periodically arrange outings for the children. When doing so, we either use a reputable coach hire company. Charges made for any outings are kept to the minimum and are over-and-above the daily childcare rate.
In addition to the outings the setting may be visited by external workshops. These might include: arts & crafts; bouncy castle; face painting; emergency services etc.
The Play Leader is the trained Safeguarding Officer – to whom any concerns might be directed.
Only responsible parents/carers named on the registration form (or an alternative adult identified in advance) will be permitted to collect the child. In which case, a password will be arranged. Similarly, only children for whom a completed registration form has been received will be able to attend the setting.
Any visitors to the setting will be required to sign in the visitor’s book – providing their details and purpose for visit.
We encourage open communication with the parents/carers. Staff members are available at all times to discuss any issues relating to your child’s participation within the setting. Occasionally we send out ‘survey forms’ or use ‘comment boxes’ to obtain parents and children’s ideas and thoughts and comments, we encourage your participation in these so that we are able to identify areas requiring improvement.
It is of utmost importance to us that we establish and maintain an environment where parents, children and staff know what is expected of them, and where adults and children work together within consistent, understandable and realistic guidelines and boundaries. In order to accomplish this we operate a ‘three strike rule’.
It goes without saying that occasionally there are incidences of unwanted behaviour that occur which upset the balance within the group. Any continuous patterns of this behaviour will be dealt with in partnership with the parents/carer.
In severe or ongoing cases of unwanted behaviour, where the health and safety of children and staff are at risk, a first strike will be issued, followed by a second and third strike (which on each occasion – the parent/carer will be required to sign acknowledgement of ‘strike’). Thereafter the setting will reserve the right to remove the child’s name from the register.
At the issuing of any strike – it will be made clear to the child/children involved that it is their behaviour that is unwelcome and not the individual.
It is of utmost importance that there is clear communication between play workers and parents/carers at all times when dealing with negative behaviour.
The following rules are in place, and re-iterated to the children every morning during registration:
No swearing or bad language
No bullying, or being unkind to others
No physically hurting one another on purpose
Respect the school and club equipment
Respect yourself, other children and staff
Be polite and remember manners
Share equipment and take turns
Pack equipment away once you are finished with it
Never leave an area without telling a staff member
Bare feet or shoes and socks only - no children to play in their socks due to slippery floor
No eating or drinking in the gym during playtime
Only use soft foam balls provided
No playing behind curtains
No entering storage cupboard
In order to maintain a safe environment, we advise children that should they not adhere to the gym rules, they will be asked to leave the gym for the remainder of the session.
Any form of abusive language and/or violent and threatening behaviour directed at staff and children, by either children or parents/carers, will be dealt with immediately as a very serious matter.
We endeavour to provide a high standard of quality care and ensure equal opportunities to all children attending the setting. We understand that any attitudes or assumptions which fail to address the differences that exist between us have a negative effect on the children.
All policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and well being of all children and staff attending the setting.
From time to time we might use photography for:
- Arts and crafts activities
- A newsletter to registered children's parents/carers
- Notice board pictures
- Outings and entertainers
Please note that any photographs placed in the newsletter will be downloaded onto the website for parents and children to read, however we will obtain parental permission before doing so.
We believe that children and parents are entitled to expect the courtesy of prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes. We welcome suggestions on how to improve our setting and will give quick and serious attention to any concerns about the running of the Club. We anticipate that most concerns will be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the appropriate member of staff. If this does not achieve the desired result we have a set of procedures in place for dealing with concerns. A confidential record of complaints against our setting and/or the children and/or the adults working in our setting is kept, including the date, the circumstances of the complaint and how the complaint was managed. We aim to bring all concerns about the running of our Holiday and After School Club to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties involved. We aim to initially acknowledge complaints in writing within 7 working days, and then to have resolved and rectified the situation within 28 days. A copy of our complaints form and procedure is available on request to any staff member.
Clothing: Please could all children ensure their jackets, jumpers, hats etc. are well labeled. Lost property from Holiday Clubs will be kept and displayed at the next holiday for 2 weeks after the last day of club and thereafter will be donated to the local charity shop. Items left at the After School Club will be placed in the lost property box in the KS1 hall.
Toys & Possessions: Any toys and personal possessions brought in to the club are the sole responsibility of owner. Please note that Springers is in no way liable for their loss or damage.
At Springers Holiday and After School Club, it is our intention to respect the privacy of children and parents/carers, whilst ensuring a high quality early years care in our setting.
We aim to ensure that all parents/carers can share their information in the confidence that it will only be used to enhance the welfare of their children.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Springers Breakfast, After School & Holiday Club, or have any queries or concerns then please contact:
Jo Jones - Springers Holiday Club
07859915985 /07572108300 / 01438 367459