June 2022 Newsletter
Updated: Jun 29
Roberta (General Enquiries): 07535 293 788
Jenny (After School Club and Holiday Club): 07847 479 626 firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Club
We won an award! Specifically, an Osca (their spelling) for inclusive play. Here is a photo of some of our senior staff admiring it. We all wanted to maintain some degree of social distance, but we all wanted to be the one to hold it.
Bands! Bands! Everywhere!
The loom of fate weaves on, all things come around again, and those tiny, rubbery bands are back in fashion in a big way. Seldom does a day go by where we don’t have a table crowded full of children looping and looming non-stop. We have children making bracelets, necklaces, rings, cummerbunds, you name it. There are at least two world record attempts underway, an occasional hair styling salon and we have enough handmade jewellery kicking around to open our own Etsy store. Any parents who are looking to surreptitiously dispose of Loom Bands before their house overflows, we’ll happily take them off your hands and put them back into circulation. Waste not, want not!
After School Club places for September and Fee Increases
Please let Roberta, the administrator know any sessions you need to cancel for September. You will be liable for superfluous session fees booked once invoiced and outside the notice period.
The committee have agreed fee increases across our childcare sessions to keep up with rising costs for the scheme.
Holiday club Full Day, £26 to £27, Half Day £18 to £18.50
(with effect from our Summer Holiday Club)
After School Club, £10.50 to £11
(with effect from September)
Super-heroes were everywhere at Holiday Club for three days full of adventure, games, and the most jam-packed activity schedule we’ve have in many moons. Feats of Strength on Monday saw groups working as teams to combine their strength and lift entire playworkers off the ground! Later on, everyone’s tasty snacks were purloined by the villainous Treat-Taker and children used spy-pens, rescue blankets and super-serum to uncover the Treat-Taker’s unwitting minion and recover the lost chocs, earning them a place in Bristol’s most revered heroism club: The Hero Hundred (It’s just a name, there’s actually about 60 of them). If you noticed a slight increase in acts of kindness, cats rescued from trees and villainous plans thwarted recently, you know who to thank.
Summer Holiday Club is open for bookings and is filling up fast! We are running from Friday 22nd July till Wednesday 31st August. Further information can be found here.
Please let us know on 07847 479 626 if your child won’t be attending After School Club. This is especially important if your child is in the Junior School because we do not see their teachers.
Please also let us know as soon as possible if your child won’t be attending Holiday Club, although once booked places are non refundable.
Do you have any dolls, or dolls clothes your children are no longer using? Or a doll’s buggy? The Holiday Club children have been playing with dolls a lot recently and any donations would be gratefully received. Any other toys, sports equipment or construction materials will also be gratefully received!
Not sure which youtubers, films and games are appropriate for your children? Check this website for age guidance, family-oriented reviews and more!
“The Internet has become an integral part of our and our children's lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities. According to Ofcom, (2013) the majority of parents agree with the statement: "I trust my child to use the Internet safely" (83%). However, only 43% of 8–11-year-olds are very confident in knowing how to stay safe online. It is therefore important that parents and carers are aware of the way in which their children use the Internet; talk to them about the risk of going online and assist them to use the Internet safely and responsibly. “
Children sometimes ask us if they can bring their own devices with them to Holiday Club. The usual answer is no, unless a child has a specific need. In this case, please speak to Jenny.
As an After School Club, we have been focusing on ways in which we unintentionally gender stereotype in our environments and interactions with children. At ASC this can be in ways such as only having pink dressing up clothes for dolls. Outside of school, this can be in ways such as giving different party bags to boys and girls. If you have any ideas on how we can ensure we avoid gender stereotyping or you would like to join this discussion, please let us know.
We are hoping to have lots of nice weather over the summer! If it is sunny, please send your child in with their own sun cream, their name written on it, and we will make sure they put it on. Also, please make sure your child has a t-shirt on that covers their shoulders.
No Nuts and Sesame
We are a nut-free scheme. When making snacks or packed lunches, do not include any nuts or nut products such as peanut butter, and we have also excluded sesame and sesame products such as hummus. We have children with severe allergies to these foods and sending your child in with them can risk their health.
School’s Out Henleaze Background Information
Did you know that School’s Out Henleaze is a not-for-profit company? This means that all of the money earned by us is used in pursuing the organisation's objectives and keeping it running.
It was set up in 1991 by a group of working parents who wanted high quality childcare for their children whilst they attended Henleaze Infant and Junior Schools. In the holidays we now take children of all abilities from across Bristol and beyond, and are proud of how welcoming and inclusive our children are.
We are still run by parents, who form the Management Committee. We are grateful for all the work they do, giving up their time to ensure the scheme runs as smoothly as it does.
Most children are bringing a snack in to eat when they arrive at After School Club. As part of our commitment to promoting healthy eating, we do ask that parents ensure their child’s snacks are balanced across the week. We have been offering a piece of fruit (apple or orange) to those children who arrive without a snack.
Phoebe G joined School’s Out Henleaze in 2021 as a playworker.
She enjoys playing with the children and getting to know them really well.
Phoebe also has lots of experience babysitting children in the area. Outside of work, Phoebe likes art and travel.
You Said, We Did
Each newsletter we will share with you how we have responded to feedback from either an adult or a child. Your feedback is very important to us, and we welcome your comments.
“We’d like a quiet area to hang out.”
While the weather is nice and the sun hot, we’ve designated part of the big playground as The Chill Zone, for relaxing, reading, and people-watching. Because even young ruffians need a little down-time once in a while.
THANK YOU for your continued support!