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Holiday childcare club / playscheme

Holiday clubs/playschemes provide care for children aged 4 - 14 years, they operate during school holidays and sometimes during school inset days.

Children aged 3 years may be able to attend however this is dependent on the type of registration and insurance the club/playscheme has obtained.  Children will have the opportunity to participate in various activities and the children will be provided with regular drinks and snacks throughout the day.  A packed lunch is usually provided by the parents which must be stored appropriately.

Holiday clubs/playscheme's are usually based in schools or community buildings and can be run by a school, a voluntary management committee or by individuals as a private business.

Managing the holiday club/playscheme

  • The person in charge of a club requires at least 2 years experience of working in a day care setting and have a recognised level 3 qualification from the Care Council for Wales National Qualifications Framework (eg. early years education or playwork appropriate to the post and age of the children).

The staff:

  • 50% of the remaining playworkers must have a level 2 qualification in childcare or playwork related fields.  Playworkers who do not have previous experience must receive training on play and how the different types of play are important in children's development.  Where this cannot be achieved immediately, the registered person will set out an action plan detailing how they intend to meet the criteria and agree a timescale by which it will be achieved.  The CSSIW will consider the plan and offer their approval or indicate aspects that need improvement.
  • All staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs and the Children's Play Team offer help to set up, establish and support playschemes, play clubs and other similar play provision.

For more information please contact Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs Development Officer or the The Children's Play Team.

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