The Little Kids Club – General Information

UPDATE  – May 2021

Due to the current times we had been unable to open The Little Kids’ Club at all last year.  We did, however, open fully again for the Easter Holidays this year which was fantastic and we are currently taking bookings for the Summer Holidays!!!

If you are interested in using this service please let us know as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Background

It had been a desire of ours for a long time to bring what we do within The Kids’ Club and its values and culture to children of pre-school age. Playwork is our profession and we exist to support children’s right and need to play. The Little Kids’ Club is a holiday club under Playcare, for 3-4 year olds, giving priority to children who have siblings with The Kids’ Club and for families of our community. Our aim is to facilitate a wide range of play opportunities for the children where they have the freedom to choose what they would like to do; to provide an environment in which they feel emotionally and physically safe, valued and motivated. Play is a process, one that is flexible, inquisitive, creative and unique to each child. We envisage children potentially being with us from the age of 3, being with us through the transition from nursery to primary school and through the transition from primary to secondary school. It is vital these transitions are as smooth and seamless as possible, in order for the children to go through them with confidence and well prepared for their next step.

Both The Kid’s Club and The Little Kid’s Club are registered provisions and work closely with the Childcare and Early Years Service and the Jersey Child Care Trust, whose support and assistance has greatly contributed to the development of the Clubs.

As we are a registered provider you may be able to claim a tax allowance on fees paid. We will send out certificates from January confirming amount paid in fees for the previous year.

Facilities

The Little Kid’s Club is also located in St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre. The Club enjoys its own designated area within the centre with its own enclosed outdoor play area allowing for free flow play, again where a variety of activities, toys and resources are provided where the emphasis is on self-directed play. It is open to all Island and operates during all states holidays. 

The centre is accessible via a large car park. It is a secure building with the inner front doors being locked from 9.00am and access gained by ringing the bell in the outer hallway. The Little Kids’ Club is based on the ground floor and during the term time is an existing pre-school so has the advantages of already being designed for children of this age group, with appropriately sized toilets and washing facilities. The setting has under floor heating. 

The entrance to The Little Kids’ Club is also locked from within the centre. The children also have access to a newly built public playground as well as a large multi-use indoor sports hall, tennis court, playing fields and a small copse of woods. The setting has direct access through it’s own front door to the public outside areas. The children enjoy these amenities on their own or with the children from The Kids’ Club as this is all shared space. Providing great opportunities for the children to play together.

Hours of Opening and Fees

During the holidays the opening hours will be between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm.

We currently offer two sessions:

8.30am – 1.30pm at £27.50 per session.

8.30am – 3.30pm at £38.50 per session.

There is also the option to stay until 5.30pm during the summer holidays if your child is due to start primary school in the September.  

We are currently looking at our opening times, whether there is a demand for the option to offer a session till 5.30pm all year round.

Securing your child/children’s place

There are several forms, which you must complete and return to the Club prior to your child/ren starting.  Get in touch with us and we will forward them to you.

You can download our holiday planner for the year this gives you all the dates we are open over the school holidays.

Please ensure you let us know the dates you may require as soon as possible to guarantee a place.  You can do this by sending back the holiday planner completed or by emailing steph@thekidsclub.je; you can also just give us a ring on 07797 832771 to discuss your requirements further and to answer any questions you may have.

If your child is coming during the holidays the fees are payable in advance, a payment plan is also devised where applicable giving you the opportunity to pay monthly in advance. We cannot confirm your booking is secure until payment is received by the given date.  If you no longer require your place it is your responsibility to inform the Club two weeks prior to the start of the holiday otherwise you will be charged for that place.

Before a child starts at The Little Kids’ Club we recommend that he/she have an induction period.  (There is no charge for the induction visits).  The first visit will be with one or both parents/carers and the children, to come and meet us and view the Club, (although it will be still set up as a pre-school environment until the start of the said holiday) this will give everyone the opportunity to ask any questions.  If we feel it will be of benefit to help with the settling in and time scales allow, other visits can be arranged during the holidays.

If you would like to arrange an induction please contact us on 07797 832771 or email steph@thekidsclub.je.