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:
- Arnett Hills
- Harefield Infants
- Harefield Juniors
- Harvey Road
- Little Green
- Malvern Way
- Rickmansworth Park
- St John’s
- St Peter’s
- Yorke Mead
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 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.