Statement of Purpose

Deganwy Out of School Club

07974 366141

Statement of Purpose

Aims & Objectives
It is the aim of Deganwy Out of School Club to provide safe, affordable, accessible, quality childcare and play opportunities. We hope to support single parents, working families and those in education and training.

Children for Whom Care is Provided
We provide sessions for up to 44 girls and boys during term time and 16 girls and boys during school holidays from the age of 3-12 years (in line with our Care Inspectorate Wales CIW registration).
The service will provide a friendly, fun and stimulating environment for all who attend irrespective of their culture, abilities or social status, while meeting the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional needs of all the children and recognising the individual needs of each child. Children with special needs can be accommodated after consultation between parents, the Manager and Assistant Manager/Playleader.

Staffing
The Club is run by a voluntary committee of parents who employ a team of reliable, approachable, suitably qualified and experienced staff, including a Manager, Assistant Manager, Club Administrator, Playleader, Playworkers and Relief Playworkers. Staffing levels meet the requirements set by CSSIW at all times. All staff are police checked. The minimum staff ratio is 1:8 with 1 adult to 8 children. At least 1 member of staff on duty will hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. All staff receive induction training which covers Health & Safety and Child Protection Policies and Procedures. Staff receive regular supervisions and an annual appraisal.

Club Premises/Facilities Offered
We are situated in the school grounds in purpose built premises at the Deganwy Play & Learning Centre. Safety is promoted within the setting and our children are supervised at all times. We have use of a large, bright main room (77sq.m) for fun and games, craft activities and indoor sports. The room leads directly out to an enclosed garden area which comprises of a paved patio sited under a veranda, multi-purpose pitch and a grassed area housing a play house, willow den and several benches. The children also have use of our meeting room (24sq.m) which is used for craft, homework and relaxing. There are a suitable number of toilets available for use by the children attending and a separate toilet for use by the staff.

Opening Times & Club Routine
The After-School Club is open from 2.45pm till 6.00pm Monday to Friday in term time and 8.15am till 6.00pm Monday to Friday in Holiday Club. We are open Teacher Training Days 8.15am till 6.00pm.
We close all Bank Holidays. The Club may also be closed the last week in August and over the Christmas and New Year period. These weeks will depend on school opening /closing dates and if maintenance is necessary to the Centre.
2.45pm – Children from Playgroup Plus are signed over to a playworker at start of the session.
3.00-3.15pm - Infant children are collected from school and escorted to the Club.
3.30-3.40pm – Junior children arrive at Club. Register completed.
3.45-4.30pm – Snack time (A healthy snack is offered in both clubs.)
3.15-6.00pm – Structured and free play

Language Used
The Out of School Club is English speaking but we will endeavour to converse (if at all possible) with the children in whichever language they are comfortable with, by accessing support and guidance.

Activities Offered
A wide variety of activities are offered, outdoor play, physical play, creative and imaginative play and opportunities for free play which will all enhance a child’s development. Some activities will be planned weekly by playworkers with themes and craft ideas used from the children’ meetings. Children are encouraged to participate in the planning and evaluation of activities, and offer ideas for equipment when it is being purchased.

Animals
No animals are kept on the premises.
Visiting workshops may occasionally introduce the children to a variety of living things.

Terms & Conditions
The terms and conditions for using the Club are set out in the Parent Pack, Policies and Procedures and our Contract / Registration forms which include fees, booking arrangements and notice of termination. A Contract / Registration form must be completed before a child can attend.

Admissions Policy
The Club is open to any child attending Ysgol Deganwy or any other local school (although we do not offer a pickup service). We have an admissions policy which can be obtained from the Manager.

Arrangements for Complaints and Concerns
We welcome suggestions and constructive criticism from parents/carers and children to help us maintain a high quality provision. Please speak to the Manager if you would like to make any suggestions. (A suggestion box is always available in the reception area). From time to time a parent/carer may find it necessary to follow the complaints procedure, copies of which are available from the Manager. If you are dissatisfied with your response you can contact CIW, Government Offices, Sarn Mynach, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9RZ - 0300 7900 126

Arrangements for Dealing with an Emergency
The Club has comprehensive emergency procedures. Details can be found in the Parent Pack, Contract / Registration forms or Fire & Emergency Policy. If for any reason we need to make urgent decisions (e.g. school/club closed due to bad weather, no heating, all staff off sick) the Manager will contact the Management Committee to discuss the options and parents will be informed as soon as possible.

Policies, Procedures & Operational Plan
Club Policies, Procedures and Operational Plan are reviewed and updated as necessary and are available for parents to read. Please see the Manager.

This Statement of Purpose is reviewed and updated as necessary and/or in line with any changes in regulations. Any changes to the service are notified to CIW and the parents/carers.

Deganwy Out of School Club,
Deganwy Play & Learning Centre
Ysgol Deganwy, Park Drive, Deganwy, LL31 9YB
Registered Persons – Janet Smith, Sheena McCabe & Caroline Filbee
Person’s in Charge:
Manager – Janet Smith
Assistant Manager – Sheena McCabe
07974366141
dosc2003@gmail.com