Working parents in Berkshire know how difficult childcare can be to arrange. There are so many different types of holidays clubs, sports camps and drama courses to choose from this Feb 2013 half term. How do you know which suits your children the best? The only way to find out is to try them. Word of mouth is great, but even your child’s best friend is going to enjoy different activities and respond to different ethos than your own.
There a full-on sporty camps for kids who never stop and like structure – or easy going clubs with lots of choice between crafts, computer games or old fashioned free play. Most of the 8am – 6pm wrap around care holiday camps are Ofsted regulated, but please check first. It is also advisable to read their latest Ofsted inspection report to give yourself an idea whether the club is suitable for your kids.
The one-off courses such as specialist sports camps and performing arts weeks are less likely to be Ofsted regulated. This means, among other things, that you can’t use tax-exempt child care vouchers. However, the benefit of these clubs is that they can offer something the regulated clubs don’t – specialist training from teachers/trainers with expertise in something your child loves.
We have compiled a list of several clubs locally. Your opinions on these and any other clubs would be greatly appreciated. Please post on our facebook page.
Koosa Kids, Ascot Heath Primary School Crafts, Sports, GoKarts – split into 3 age groups. 8:15 – 6pm (extended day, shorter hours available)
Supercamps Holiday Clubs at Licensed Victuallar’s School and Hurst Lodge School – both in Ascot. Structured day including lots of sports and swimming.
Koosa Kids, Birch Hill Primary School Crafts, Sports, GoKarts – split into 3 age groups. 8:15 – 6pm (extended day, shorter hours available)
Koosa Kids, Meadow Vale Primary School Crafts, Sports, GoKarts – split into 3 age groups. 8:15 – 6pm (extended day, shorter hours available)
Foxy’s at Edgbarrow Sports Centre. Ages 3 – 11 plus sports academy for 11-16s. 3 sessions available each day. Open 8-6 except Friday when they close at 4. Structures timetable including gymnastics, trampolining, archery, tennis. Check the website for which sports are available for each age group. Excellent quality child care and children are encouraged whatever their ability. Highly recommended.
EnergyKidz at Hatch Ride School, Crowthorne. Large Playground and lovely grounds. Extended hours available 8:15 – 6.
Claires Court Holiday Club, Maidenhead activities, challenge and adventure! Split into 5 age-appropriate groups. Open 8 – 6. Basic hours are 9 – 4:30. Prices start at £40 and increase based on extended hours.
Wise Owls, Maidenhead. Sports, activities, crafts for under 8s. Over 8s sports eg, judo, yoga, football, horse riding and outings eg, swimming, thorpe park.
Jubilee Jets Loads of indoor and outdoor activities including den building, obstacle courses, woodland adventure, bouncy castle. Padworth Common, RG7 4JD.
Leighton Park School, Reading Unbeleivable number of exciting activities available. Understandably very popular so book early! Open 7:30am – 5:30pm
Reading Holiday Playclubs at St Josephs College, Waterloo Meadows Children’s Centre and Highdown School. Activities include art and crafts, games and sports. There are sessions throughout the day – maximum 8:30am – 5:30pm.
Madhouse Holiday Club Lots of softplay, activities and free play. Various hours available up to a maximum extended day of 8:30 – 6. Snacks and meals included. Please check website for details.
EnergyKidz at Piggot School, Twyford. Lots of space for sports and play. Extended day available 8-6.
EnergyKidz at St Bernard’s Prep School, Slough. Lots of space for sports and play. Extended day available 8-6.
EnergyKidz at Hilltop First School Windsor. Extended hours available 8 – 6.
Supercamps at Bearwood College Sports and crafts and non-stop fun! Extended hours available 8-6.
Waverley School Holiday Club Sandpit, free play and toys. Full day childcare available including lunch.
Holme Grange School Oxford Active club includes non-stop fun with sporting activities, swimming, dance and crafts. Hours available up to 8:30-5:30.
Active Kids at St Crispins Leisure Centre. Ages 5-12, 8am-6pm or 9.30am – 3.30pm days available. Sports programme including football, swimming, judo, climbing wall. 0118 974 3728/974 6264, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit