The programme operates Monday to Friday during school term.
And also during school holidays (subject to demand).
7.30am – 8.40am
We offer a healthy breakfast including cereal, toast and fruit. After breakfast, the children can choose from a range of games and activities, read a book, listen to music or simply chill out, if they so choose.
1.30 – 2.30
We offer a small healthy snack such as crackers, rice cakes, or bread-sticks, with chopped fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many activities on offer for the children to choose from including dress-up, arts and crafts, books, Lego, dolls, and various board games.
2.30 – 6.00
2.30 – 3.00 – Break time and healthy snack
3.00 – 3.45 – Homework
3.45 – 4.30 – Outdoor play
4.30 – 5.00 – Structured activity
5.00 – 6.00 – Free play
Snack time provides a space and opportunity to promote nutritious food and to discuss health and personal hygiene with the children.
The children play a role in the planning, preparation and serving of the snacks and can use this time to prepare and experiment with foods that they have never tried before.
This time also provides the staff and children with a social time, when they can form new relationships while conversing at the table. Often the conversation at snack time can become very informative for staff and can lead to ideas for play and activities.
We provide quiet time and space for the completion of any homework, and staff will assist and encourage the children if needed.
The staff will not be responsible for checking the children’s homework upon completion. As per the schools homework policy, the final responsibility for checking the child’s homework rests with the parents/guardians.
We aim to create a childcare service where children are professionally cared for in a relaxing yet stimulating environment. We want them to look forward to coming into us each day.
Although structured activities are very important, daily free time for children is essential after a busy day at school. We offer a programme with a balance of both free play and structured activities.
There is a daily structured activity, planned by the staff from ideas brought to them by the children, and these activities are typically across the areas of sport and games, arts and crafts, technology and science, and cooking and baking.
Our staff understand the importance of play, and that children learn through play in all its forms. It is the role of the staff to design the programme in such a way that play becomes the central focus of the child’s time in the after-school childcare programme.
Our staff closely observe and interact with the children in order to fully understand individual needs and interests. The schedule and activities are created to reflect these observations, ideas and suggestions.
Typical free-play activities include …
- Creative and imaginative play (dress-up, kitchen utensils, musical instruments, doctors set, tools, etc.)
- Arts and crafts
- Constructive play (Lego, building blocks, K’nex)
- Outdoor games and sports
- Board games and jigsaws
- Quiet area for reading, chatting, listening to music on headphones
At this time, staff can share information with parents on their child’s day, and parents can share any relevant information with the staff.