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Great news! Wild Play Days will be running over the summer holidays

Booking open now

Wild Play Days are back for the Summer Holidays 2021!


Week 1: 26th July – 30th July 2021

Week 2: 2nd August – 6th August 2021

Week 3: 9th August – 13th August 2021

Week 4:  August – 20th August 2021

This time we will be offering 5 days per week Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm with an extended day option too (see details below)

Promoting a happy and safe experience in the outdoors for children aged 4 – 11 years and compliant with government guidelines for that period.

We have a great space at the Hawker Centre, Kingston! This Summer 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 have an experienced staff team who will work with children in their bubble group.

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

The booking system is now live 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


Option 1
9.00 am – 5.00 pm Cost £170 per week, – 5 Days (includes lunch and a snack)

Option 2 – Extended Day Option

for extended hours between 8.30am – 5.30pm (option 2), please email nicolebonnick@ymcaspg.org or info.childrenswork@ymcaspg.org and we will add the extra fee at a later stage

8.30 am – 5:30 pm (£190 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.


The booking system is now live 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

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

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:

  • Wild Play Days will be capped at 40 children. 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 be a combination of inside and outside (depending on the weather) 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • A member of staff will be in the grass area opposite the main entrance to register children for the day.
  • Part of the Hawker centre car park is being used as a walk in Covid testing site. This means that car parking spaces will be extremely limited. If possible please could you walk or cycle to the centre. A member of staff will be on hand to assist with dropping off and picking up of children.
  • Please be prompt at dropping off and picking up children at the start and end times.
  • You will be able to collect your child the same way you dropped them off.
  • Each group will have their break times and lunchtimes at the same time but only within their group. There will be a short break in the late morning for 15-30 minutes to have some fruit and water. The next break will be at 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.
  • 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 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 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.

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

  • 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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