What to bring to Holiday Academy?

It would be great if the children could bring the following:Packed lunch, a morning snack and a drink (no nuts/seeds please) Rainwear, and sun hat/cap for Spring and Summer One set of spare clothing, and sun cream for Spring and Summer If we are going on an outing, please could your child have a small, light rucksack to carry their own belongings If your child is staying to after 4pm, please pack an extra snack for the afternoon If your child is staying to after 4pm after kayaking (8+ yrs old) please pack a big snack for afterwards.

We get up to a lot of fun with messy activities during Holiday Academy so please make sure that your children are in comfortable clothes that you don’t mind about. Trainers and tracksuit bottoms/leggings are perfect for all our activities – particularly sport, drama, dance and yoga classes. Croc style shoes, trainers with heels and strappy sandals/party shoes are not ideal for running fast and turning quickly.

Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child finishing their snacks and packed lunches and we will keep a special eye out. I know from experience with my own children that they can be too busy chatting to eat at lunchtime!

Note: The lunch boxes are not refrigerated so if possible bring an ice pack to keep the food cool, and we are not able to heat up food for Health and Safety reasons Allergies Due to the possibility of children having a severe reaction to nuts and seeds we ask if you could not include any nuts, nut/chocolate/cereal bar products (even children’s products) and other products containing nuts (for example pesto) or not guaranteed nut-free. Please tell your children that there is no sharing food.

This way we are safeguarding the children with epi-pens each holiday, and we are also aware that there may be an unexpected reaction from allergies yet to be diagnosed. It is important for us to know if your child has an allergy or intolerance to any food, first aid plasters, wasp stings or anything else. Please contact us if this is the case or if there any changes to your original booking form.

Children are grouped into ages (although this is flexible) 3-4, 5-7, 8-12 and have a play-based programme appropriate to their age group, delivered with as much fun as possible. The timetable is flexible to suit the needs of the age groups we have that day. If a child wants to just do sport, they are welcome to choose this, and be a helper for the other age group’s sessions. Siblings and friends are able to choose to be in the same sessions until ready to join own age group. The Session leaders and staff are a dedicated and consistent community at Holiday Academy. Some are Cavendish School teachers, and others recommended from local schools, colleges and sports clubs. All are experienced, capable and energetic. You may book as many or as few days as convenient for you, you do not have to book a whole week.

Parents are able to have a personal, flexible and approachable service for booking and queries from Organizer. The Organizer or Manager is available on phone/email, and personally at drop-off and pick-up times. Medicine at Holiday Academy We will need you to fill out a permission form for us to give your child medicine, so please contact us ahead of the holiday. It must be prescribed by a doctor in the UK to the child, and in-date. Attendance For safeguarding protocol we take a child’s attendance record every day and we need you to state on this register every morning the name of who is doing the pick-up that day. Any changes to this must be emailed or telephoned through. If you would like to come early to settle your child, or visit the activity areas, please sign yourself in on the visitor’s attendance register, and wear a parent/visitor sticker. If you need to find lost property, please ask a member of staff to help you. * We have no nappy changing facilities so all children need to be toilet trained.

Policies, Procedures and Parent/Carer Handbook Please find hard copies at the front desk or we can email these details to you up on request – info@holidayacademy.co.uk

Sample Timetable

*Our basic timetable(‘clubs’ are extra to this)

8.30 – EARLY BIRD Activities: Art, Games/puzzles, Percussion instruments, Books, Den-building
9.15-10.00 – Settling in sessions for parents/carers to stay and play
10-10.30 – WARM UP/WELCOME
10.30-11.10 – Music or Drama/Yoga or Sport – Wash hands for snack
11.10-11.30 – SNACK TIME
11.30-12.10 – Music or Drama/Yoga or Sport
12.15-12.50 – Music or Drama/Yoga or Sport–Wash hands for lunch/Morning-only spickup time
13.00-13.45 – LUNCH
13.45-14.45 – Art/Craft – Sport/Games – Den-building – Storytelling –walk to the park
14.50-15.50 – Art/Craft – Sport/Games – Den-building – Story telling–walk to the park Gather up belongings for Home time/Wash hands for snack
16.00-16.15 – SNACK/Extended day Reviewing the day, Art/Crafts, Games, Books, Den-building
18.00 – HOMETIME

*We reserve the right to changes in the staff/programme