“I just want my phone call!” No I haven’t been imprisoned, this is me talking out loud in the office, waiting for my phone call from Holiday Club, where my daughter has gone for the first time (having just turned four). As part of settling in, our Club Co-ordinators call each new parent/carer to update them on how their child is doing on their first day in club.
Children starting reception class this September can join our Big Summer of Fun Holiday Club once they turn four! Attending Holiday Club can be a great way to introduce your child to the school environment in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We welcome several new reception children every summer before they start school. In our experience, it is often parents and carers who are more anxious than the children!
The majority of children settle into the club really well. Occasionally some new children find being in a different location challenging.
Our team are skilled at welcoming children into the club. If a child is nervous or anxious we will support them. It normally takes only a couple of minutes for a child to forget their tears, and to get settled into club.
We call all parents and carers on their child’s first day to let them know how their child is settling in, and you are welcome to call us at any time to see how your child is getting on. The more we know about your child, the more we can do to support them, so if there is anything they like or dislike doing, please let us know. We want to work with you to ensure the club is the most welcoming environment for your child.
Children who are entering or leaving the Reception Year are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We broadly follow the same EYFS framework as schools. This might sound surprising as our emphasis is on children’s free choice and child-led play and activities, not education. The most noticeable similarity between us and schools is the use of key workers. Each child in the EYFS is allocated a key worker. The key worker and Club Co-ordinator will be happy to provide feedback to you at the end of the session.
The key worker will be your child’s primary adult in the club. They ensure children settle into the club well, and ensure they understand the club routine, help them to feel included in all aspects of the club and support them in developing friendships.
We will monitor your child’s progress and interests through observations and photos. This information will be recorded in an ‘All About Me’ book.
Visit us this summer
You and your child are welcome to pop into the club before they start school to have a look around, meet the staff and see the resources and activities on offer. We like you to see us just as we are, therefore you don’t need to book. We advise that you visit around 30 minutes into the session once the children are settled. This enables the team to spend some time with you.