The Two Leagues Club, opened its doors to the children of St Cedd’s on Thursday 7 September 2006. Manager of the Club is Mrs Angela Court who has worked in out of school care in Chelmsford for over seven years and at supervisory level for five years. She has a Level 3 Childcare qualification, and is also a trained Primary School teacher with many years experience. She has two members of staff working with her who are also qualified in Childcare.
The Two Leagues Club comprises of an After School Club for all years, and a Thursday Afternoon Club for Reception and Year 1 children.
The After School Club runs from 1515 – 1815 each evening and children can be booked into the club on a regular basis, where they attend on a fixed day or days each week or on an ad hoc basis, where they can attend as and when required, subject to spaces being available. At 1515 the Lower School children are collected from their classrooms and escorted to the library to relax, either looking at books or watching a DVD or video. Upper School children make their own way to the library at 1545, and then all the children join together in the school dining hall for a light snack. This is freshly prepared each afternoon, and varies from day to day. Dietary preferences are catered for according to parents’ wishes. After the snack, Upper School children have the opportunity to do supervised homework, and Lower School children are offered a range of creative activities and play opportunities. If the weather is fine, supervised outdoor play is also available to all children. Parents are free to collect their child anytime up to 1815.
The Thursday Afternoon Club runs from 1215 – 1515. As with the After School Club, children may attend on a regular or ad hoc basis. Parents just need to provide a packed lunch and a drink. This is a ‘fun’ club, and, similar to the After School Club, children are offered various creative activities and play opportunities, and they are free to choose what they would like to do. This club provides the children with the opportunity of mixing with their peers from other classes in a relaxed atmosphere, thus developing their social skills.
The emphasis of both clubs is on the children being able to ‘chill out’ in their out of school time, but in the safe and familiar environment of their own school.
Mrs Court can be contacted on 07894 166652, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excerpt from recent OFSTED report:
‘Children have fun as they take part in a carefully planned activity programme that is flexible to their needs. There is a good balance of experiences that allow them to play independently and use their initiative as well as activities which need more support and direction from staff. Themes are carefully considered to provide children of all ages with sufficient challenge. Children are invited to make recommendations and give ideas about future projects and themes they would like to cover.
Children are cared for by staff who work closely with parents to meet individual children’s needs and ensure they are included fully in the life of the setting. Staff work with parents to adapt activities or care routines to meet any specific needs, liaising with other professionals when necessary. Children benefit from the friendly partnership with parents and carers. Flexible care is offered to cover the needs of working parents.
Children are happy, kept busy and demonstrate good levels of engagement and enthusiasm as they play. They understand the boundaries and expectations of responsible behaviour as staff provide effective and calm role models.’
Ofsted January 2007