Welcome 2020-05-19T13:46:46+00:00

Welcome to The Afterschool Club Ltd. We have been providing flexible, good quality, reliable and affordable childcare for children in and around the Rickmansworth, Mill End and Croxley Green areas since 1997. We provide an answer to your childcare needs all round the year. During term-times our breakfast clubs are open from 7.15 am and our after school clubs run until 6.30 pm. During the school holidays we open at 7.45 am for breakfast and are open all day until 6.00 pm.  Our staff are qualified in playwork and understand the importance of play and offering different play opportunities.

LATEST NEWS UPDATE – 14th May 2020

Breakfast club / After school club

We are keeping the situation under review, but at the moment we do not think it would be feasible to operate the term-time clubs within the guidance. However we will be open again for the September term.

Holiday club book now for the Summer Holiday Club!

The outlook for the holiday club is clearer and we will run a full holiday club in the Summer holidays between 20 July and 3 September. The Cloisters is a relatively large building with two halls and a good sized garden, therefore can be adapted fairly easily to operate within government guidelines. We will produce and publish a full and detailed plan for how it will operate, but in essence it will mirror the methods being used in schools, for example:

• Separate children into small groups, maximum 13
• Apportion equipment to specific groups, with no mixing of equipment between groups
• Barriers to maintain distancing
• Dedicated staff for each group
• Frequent washing and disinfection of equipment
• Dedicated toilets for each group
• Frequent washing of children’s hands
• Staff to wear aprons and gloves which will be changed frequently

We already have children arriving at different times and we would ask you not to enter the building either to drop off or collect. There will be at least 2 different points to drop off to and your child will be issued with a wrist band to ensure they stay in the right area. Your child will be taken from you outside and delivered back to you outside! The plus for you is that you don’t have to search for all their stuff; we will do it for you.

If your child is sick in any way please ensure you do not drop them to the club. We would need to be told if they have coronavirus in order that their group can be tested too. To this end there will be no charge for cancellations though sickness.

I hope this will reassure everyone that we are taking this seriously and, as ever, your children’s safety and happiness will always come before anything else. Our dedicated, regular staff will be on hand to ensure everyone has a great time.

I hope this is clear but if not please let me know and I will attempt to answer any questions.

We really hope you will use us in the Summer Holidays and again in September. I wish one and all a great summer and a safe gradual return to a more normal existence.

The Afterschool Club Ltd is unique in enabling children to mix with children from other schools rather than just spending time with children from their own school.  This develops children’s social skills which is so important for their future.  So many friendships have been forged which would never have happened if it hadn’t been for this opportunity. It is also very important for children to have a change of venue at the end of the day.  They are all then able to start a fresh without any of the problems at school staying with them.  Our dedicated staff also follow the EYFS just as they do at school, providing the reception children with an amazing record of their time with us.  The extensive file is theirs to keep at the end of the reception year.

It is simple to enrol your children through our online booking system. There is no charge and the process takes just a few minutes to complete.

Breakfast Club
After School Club
Holiday Club

The Afterschool Club was started in the summer of 1997 by Debby Tindall, after experiencing all the problems of juggling a career and looking after her school aged children. She found it was virtually impossible to find reliable low cost child care. To employ a nanny cost a fortune and childminders were unable to offer the flexibility her family needed. The club started with just a few children each day at one setting.  Over time the number of children grew steadily and additional clubs were opened in Mill End and Rickmansworth. The latest addition is the Croxley Green Community Centre which started as a breakfast club and then evolved into a fully fledged breakfast and after school club in November 2014.

On most school days the After School Club looks after around 100 children at three settings, while during the school holidays The Holiday Club typically looks after 35 – 50 children. For the children it’s like having friends round to play but we do the tidying up!

We are open every week of the year except a few days over Christmas. During the school term our Breakfast Clubs open at 7.15 am and our After School Clubs close at 6.30 pm. These clubs are open to children from the following schools:  

When the schools are closed The Holiday Club is open from 7.45 am until 6.00 pm every school holiday for children from any school although priority is given to children who currently attend The Afterschool Club.  The Holiday Club is led by a Level 3 Playworker who is qualified to run a “play setting” and understands the importance of facilitating play.

The service is designed to be “parent friendly” to fit in with your life style either as a working parent or as a parent who wants a break. We have a flexible approach to booking – for the Holiday Club you can book extended days, full days, half days (any 4 hours) or part days (between 4 hours and a full day). For the After School Club you can book collection times between 4.30 pm  and 6.30 pm so that you pay only for what you need. Most parents find it is easiest to enrol and manage their bookings through our online system but for those that prefer to book by phone, text, email or paper that is fine also. We invoice by email and you can pay with childcare vouchers (of course), bank-to-bank transfers, cheques or cash.

The AfterSchool Club is registered with OFSTED. All three settings have a ‘Good’ rating in all areas.

Our staff receive relevant training in playwork and first aid. Debby and her supervisors have NVQ level 3 in Playwork or equivalent and other staff have relevant level 2 or level 3 qualifications. Staff receive regular training in areas such as  Child Protection, Prevent, food hygiene and Fgm.

The staff for the Holiday Club are drawn from the three after school settings and usually work on a half day basis. Most of the children already know most of the staff, enabling us to balance continuity of care with variety for the children throughout the day. We only employ people who can demonstrate a true desire to work with children.

We welcome visitors so please contact us to arrange a visit, meet us and see how the clubs work.