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Great news! Wild Play Days will be running this October Half Term

Wild Play Days are back for the October Half Term week!

Dates: Monday 26 until Friday 30 October

Following positive feedback from parents/carers and safe successful series of summer camps in August, we will be running Wild Play Days this Autumn. This time we will be offering (following feedback) 5 whole days of fun with an extended day option too.

Promoting a happy and safe half term week in the outdoors (in-line with government guidelines)

We have a great space at the Hawker Centre, Kingston! This autumn we are back with Wild Play Days! Children will be involved in a range of outdoor activities such as small team games, den building, camp fire, mindfulness, arts and crafts, woodcraft skills, and lots more. There will also be sports and lots of other fun activities incorporated into our daily timetable.  We will be sharing our timetable for the week ahead a few days before the camp starts.

They won’t come back clean, but they’ll come back happy!

Put those dates in your diary now.

The booking system will go live on Monday 14th September at 9am. We take bookings via Magic Bookings (and we accept childcare vouchers)

Please note you cannot book directly at the Hawker Centre via phone or in person. All bookings are via Magic Bookings. Any queries about WPD or booking system should be emailed to info.childrenswork@ymcaspg.org

Prices
Option 1
9am – 5pm Cost £170 per week (includes lunch and a snack)

Option 2 – Extended Day Option
8.30am – 9am (£12.50 for the week)
5pm – 5.30pm (£12.50 for the week)

*There is a waiting list for individual days if spaces are still available a week before camp. Please email us your requests and we will let you know when places become available.

Quality childcare

YMCA St Paul’s Group, have a well-established reputation for providing reliable, flexible, good quality care for children. All YMCA playscheme activities are child-led and we try to mix things up as much as possible.  New challenges and stimulating activities are introduced that will appeal to all personalities, needs, and ages.

At WIld Play Days, we treat each child as an individual within a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment. All staff are passionate about play opportunities and have been DBS checked. Operating with a staff to child ratio of 1:8. we promote a happy and safe summer in the outdoors.

Bookings

Please register and book via our online booking system
Read our helpful guide to registering with and using the Magic Bookings system.

For more information please email: info.childrenswork@ymcaspg.org

FAQs and information for parents/carers about how we will be running WPD and how to support your child to prepare for attending.

WPD is Ofsted registered and the activities we offer will be similar to those in previous years. However, to help ensure the risk of virus spread is as low as possible we will be putting the following control measures in place to keep people safe:

  • Social distancing will be encouraged at all possible times and we will have posters displayed on-site to remind staff, parents, and children of this information.
  • Wild Play Days will be split into two groups of 15 (total of 30 children per day). We will aim to keep siblings and friends together, as well as balancing the level of needs and support required from the children.
  • All resources in use will be cleaned at the end of each activity and stored in separate boxes. For example, used resources will be in ‘READY TO BE CLEANED’ boxes Once they are cleaned they will be stored in  ‘READY FOR USE’ boxes.
  • Sessions will remain outside in two separate areas. One area is the bowls field and the other being the large field. Tailored activities will be set in both areas. The children’s groups will swap play areas to allow them the full range of the activities provided. Halfway through the session.
  • In case of unsuitable weather, one group will be in the crèche area and the other will be in the POD. The soft play will be out of use with only the floor space being accessible.
  • Each child will be put into one of two groups that will be cared for by the same two staff. The two separate groups will not be able to mix nor will the staff.
  • Children will need to bring their own pencil cases for art and crafts. For structured arts and crafts activities, the needed resources (such as ribbon, glitter, stickers, etc) for that activity will be provided.
  • There will be a good supply of hand gel and tissues available for each group. We will encourage the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it, approach. Please could you do the same? Each group will have its own bin to use in the separate play areas.
  • Under government guidelines, staff are not required to wear PPE such as masks or gloves, unless for first aid, intimate care purposes, or if a child shows symptoms of Covid-19.

Wild Play Days are normally split into two separate groups of 16 based on age. This time around the age groups will be mixed in two groups of 15. Our aim will be to keep siblings and friends together, as well as balancing the level of needs and support required from the children.

We understand that this may cause some anxieties for your child.  Professional judgement will be used to decide how best to split the groups as there is a need to consider a range of different factors. As such, once the group has been chosen it is final.

  • To maintain social distancing for adults and in order to ensure the safety of everyone, we request that only one parent drops off.
  • A member of staff will be in the car park area to ease congestion. Also to ensure parents and children continue to move around the building to the relevant drop off point/ collection point.
  • Parents will be required to follow the specific pathway labelled with directions towards two the correct drop off zone for your child’s group.  Once you have dropped off your child you will need to follow the signs taking you back around to the front of the centre.
  • Adults will not be allowed to enter the drop off zones.
  • If your parents arrive earlier than the starting time of the session there will be a waiting zone at the front of the centre where you will be able to wait. Please ensure that you are maintaining the required 2-meter distance from other parents while in the waiting zone. A member of staff will be in the waiting zone between 9-9.30 am and 4.30-5 pm.
  • You will be able to collect your child the same way you dropped them off. If you arrive a little earlier than the collection time you will need to wait in the waiting zone. When it is time, follow the path to the correct drop off/collection zone, then follow the path taking you around to the front of the centre.
  • If you need to collect your child a few hours earlier than the collection time please arrange this prior to your child’s session with the Wild Play Days manager.
  • We have included a diagram at below to show the flow for drop off and collection of your child.
  • Each group will have their break times and lunchtimes at the same time but only within their group. There will be a small break in the late morning for 15-30 minutes to have some fruit and water. The next break will be off the same time but later in the afternoon. Lunch will be from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm. During their break times and lunch, we will have a space provided In their areas where they sit 2-meters apart from each other.
  • Children will not be able to bring their own snacks or lunch to Wild Play Days. Instead, a lunch box containing a sandwich, juice, fruit, a bag of crisps and a jelly/muffin will be provided by the Hawker Centre catering team. The snack that we provide will be fruit. Drinking water will be provided on-site but children will have to bring their own named drinking bottle.
  • Children will move around the building at a ratio of 1:8 with a max of 15 children per bubble group.
  • Children have a briefing every morning in relation to the plan and movements for the day.
  • Both groups will have a shared toilet to use in the crèche away from the centre’s public toilets. Straight after the toilet has been used the toilet seat, flusher, door handles and taps will be cleaned over by a member of staff.
  • The public café will not be accessible by the children or staff with both the public and Wild Play Days having their own routes into and out of the centre.
  • POD Soft Play is closed and not accessible to anybody. Wild Play Days will be using the POD floor space but not the soft play equipment.
  • The outside basketball court will be accessible by the public. Wild Play Days will use that area for activities at specific times.  Before use, it will be checked by a member of staff and cleaned as necessary.
  • Tennis courts will be accessible by our Tennis Coaches if they resume lessons. Wild Play Days will use this area for activities at specific times.  Before use, it will be checked by a member of staff and cleaned as necessary. Staff will be made aware of the Hawker Centre’s guidance for the Outdoor Tennis Courts.
  • Wild Play Days will not use dance studios unless we have booked a time slot with the centre and they have been thoroughly cleaned by the centre’s cleaner before we use it.
  • A bag
  • A pencil case containing colouring pencils/felt tips, rubber, ruler and sharpener
  • A water bottle already filled with water
  • Suitable clothing for the weather conditions as we will be primarily based outside and a change of clothes.
  • Comfortable footwear e.g. trainers. Please do not drop your child off in sandals or flip flops
  • If your child has sensitive skin they will need to come with their own sanitizer.

Your child does not need to come to Wild Play Days wearing a mask but should come with sun cream applied and be wearing a hat if the weather is sunny and warm.

Even with all these measures in place, children will need to adapt and make changes to their actions and behaviours. We understand that this may be unsettling for your child. As such,  they may need a significant amount of preparation and support in the initial phase of this readjustment to enjoying a normal Wild Play Day Session.

We would like to ask you to do the following things with your child;

  • Talk your child through the guidance in this document, explaining to them what changes can expect to take place
  • Discuss with them the importance of the measures in place and why they have to be separated from the group as a whole including the members of staff.
  • Please tell them why they will not be able to mix with their friends if they end up in a different group.
  • Keep communication with staff at Wild Play Days if your child finding it difficult to adapt.
  • Ensure that your child washes their hands when they get home and if they used their own water bottle that it is thoroughly cleaned.
  • Should your child require any medication e.g inhaler, EpiPen, etc, please bring on their first day in a labelled bag with a completed medical consent form.
  • If your child starts to feel unwell and will not be able to attend a session, please call a member of the Wild Play Days team. Please let them know as normal. If they display Covid-19 symptoms you must let as soon as possible and not bring them in.

We appreciate that there is a significant amount of information to digest. Please take your time to read this, and the other information carefully. If you have any questions, please email us and we will be more than happy to answer these.

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