primary children

After-school club & why we use it

Posted on May 18, 2011. Filed under: after school club, edutainment, primary children |

We’ve used the After-school Club since 2006 and I thought that I’d post a few reasons why:

1. Good quality childcare: Rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, the club provides a wide range of activities, toys, games and runs trips during the holidays, the staff are friendly and approachable and the children love going.

2. Reliability: The club is open during term-time and in the holidays.  It’s important to us that we have a reliable childcare provider, in particular that we don’t have the worry that we’ll have to make other arrangements at short notice because our children’s carer is sick.  An alternative could be a child-minder, but then we’d have to find alternative cover when they are on holiday or take holiday when they do.

3. Flexibility: We can book regular days & one-off sessions. This means that I can be flexible at work (I’m part-time).

4. Excellent value for money: highly competitive fees, wide range of activities and resources available.  We can use our childcare vouchers (e.g. BusyBees and Accor) to pay for sessions and for after-school clubs e.g. Gym.

5. Efficiency: Having the same provider for term-time and holiday care reduces our personal ‘admin’ time around fee payments etc.

6. Links with the school: the club is on the school site so the children are familiar with the environment and have access to school resources e.g. large play areas and after-school clubs e.g. gym.

7. A wide range of other children to play with: They get to play with children of different ages and from a wide range of back-grounds; different children attend on different days during term-time and in holiday clubs. I think this is really important for their developing social skills, confidence and learning.

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