Child’s Play Out of School Care
Operating from Beith Community Centre
Breakfast 7.30-9am £5 per session
After School Care 3-6pm £10 per session
Holiday club 8am – 6pm £20 (runs from Lochwinnoch)
(A 10% discount will be given to families with more than one child attending on the same day during term time)
Child’s Play Out of School Care opened its doors in October 2013 delivering a service from Lochwinnoch Primary School with an average attendance of 10 children per session. Going in to the Spring of 2016 we have over 50 families registered with us and an average of 30 children attending on a daily basis.
We have built our successful service around the needs of the children and their families providing play opportunities that are fun, challenging and promote children’s choice and independence. We now provide the same service from Beith Primary School to care for those pupils attending the school itself as of August 2016.
All agencies involved in the lives of children for example social work, health professionals or education and childcare care providers, have the key principles embedded in their service from GIRFEC (Getting It Right for Every Child). The GIRFEC approach was developed by the Scottish government to ensure that we were getting it right for every child and not just those at their most vulnerable. The 8 wellbeing indicators (Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Responsible, Respected, Included) allow Child’s Play Out of School to measure if we are getting it right for every child.
How it all works
Experiences we provide…
At Child’s Play we have a range of activities going on during each session. Children are always asked to give over ideas of activities they would like to do and staff will plan the activities in to the weekly activity sheets to promote children’s choice.
A typical day starts off with a snack when the children come in from school and then your child can experience different activities like home baking, messy play including gloop, painting, junk modelling, daily arts and crafts, outdoor play including going to the park and visiting the library. Also we will have a role play station, a chilling out zone, a reading corner, computer area, and a homework table for the children to use. Other free play activities include board games, lego, knex, Jigsaws and much more. The children are free to move from activity to activity throughout the session and have the choice to join in or not.
Booking your place…
A one off £20 family registration fee will be added to your invoice along with payment for all the days you have requested for the rest of the calendar month when your child/children start. You will have 7 days to pay your invoice from the date on the invoice and all fees must be paid in advance. At the beginning of every calendar month you will receive an invoice for the rest of that month and the balance must be paid within 7 days of the date on the invoice. We accept online payments and mostly all childcare vouchers, please note we cannot accept cash or cheque as a means of payment.
During term time, days must be paid for that you have agreed at the time of starting your child/children even if your child does not attend, if you wish to change your days or cancel days you must give 4 weeks’ notice of this unless the manager/owner states otherwise.
Anything else you need to know…
We will always have a first aider present during the session
All staff are qualified or in the process of achieving an appropriate childcare qualification and are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (All our staff commit to attending 20 hours of development training per year)
Some of our Policies, Procedures and legislation…
(for details of all 91 policies please ask)
All staff will sign a confidentiality agreement which will prohibit them from disclosing any information regarding the setting and the families attending unless it is the best interest of the child.
We will not discriminate, whether directly or indirectly, in the treatment of any persons on the grounds of gender, transgender, race, culture, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or for financial reasons. If staff are found guilty of this, disciplinary actions will be taken.
Child Protection Policy
Our aim in relation to Child Protection is to establish a positive ethos which supports values and contributes to the welfare and general protection of all our children. All staff attend child protection training on an annual basis to ensure their skills and knowledge are as up to date as possible in order to meet the child protection needs of each child who attends.
Encouraging Positive Behaviour/Anti-bullying
Our ultimate aim is to work in partnership with parents to lay foundations from which children will grow into happy, confident young people. Staff are trained to deal with challenging behaviour in a sensitive and fair way, allowing the children to reflect and change their behaviour in order to stop it from happening in the future. We will work with parents/carers to achieve this.
Dealing with sick children
If a child becomes ill during their session at Child’s Play, a staff member will contact the parent/carer to let them know their child is unwell and will ask them to make arrangements for them to be collected. Staff will always comfort the child and make sure their needs are being met until they are collected.
Health and Safety Policy
In order to achieve high standards and continually improve health and safety performance, the staff are committed to implementing the necessary health and safety procedures. The staff recognise that there is a connection between quality of care and health and safety and that procedure can minimise ill health and injury to staff and children.
Preparing to Play / Children’s Choice
Staff will set up the room to allow children to make choices throughout the session of what they wish to play with or what they want to do. Children will be asked beforehand if there are any activities they would like to try and staff will ensure resources are purchased to be able to carry out these activities.