Dear OOSC Parents
We are approaching the end of term and we hope your children are enjoying the range of outdoor activities we have on offer at the clubs. Please remember to send hats and sun cream in for the children on these warm days.
The OOSC Holiday Club will be running as usual at St Helen’s School in Alveston from Monday 20th July to Tuesday 1st September (excluding Bank Holiday on Monday 31st August). We are able to accept 24 children per day so operate on a first come first served basis. Please note that the early bird discount of 10% expires this Friday (3rd July) at midnight. After this cut off date, the daily fee returns to £26 per child per day. Sessions are bookable online at https://www.oosc.co.uk after login.
We still have availability on all days, including the Inset Day on Tuesday 1st September. Hannah and the team have a range of activities on offer including cricket, cooking, den-building, and visits from Lorraine Parry from the Tesco Farm to Fork Scheme. More details of the timetable of events and activities will follow nearer the time. If you haven’t completed a holiday club registration form, they are available at the club, or on our website: https://www.oosc.co.uk/admissionsforms/160-holidayclubadmissions-form
NEW FORMS REQUIRED
We are asking all parents to update their contact information on the new Admissions Form – now condensed to one form, to make life easier! This ensures we have up to date contact details for you. Forms are available at the clubs or downloadable from the website: https://www.oosc.co.uk/admissionsforms/45-admissions-form
If you have sent us completed forms in the last 4 weeks, there is no need to complete this as we already have your up-to-date details.
REGULAR BOOKINGS FROM SEPTEMBER
Please let us know if your children do not wish to continue with their Regular session bookings from September. If we do not hear from you, we will reserve your existing Regular sessions. We are unfortunately already full on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Olveston After School Club, and Tuesdays after school at St Mary’s Thornbury and St Helen’s Clubs, so please let us know if you wish to be added to the waiting list for places on these days. We are currently working with Olveston school to acquire increased space to run our club so we can take additional numbers after school.
Our fees for 2015-16 are to remain the same across all clubs, so this should make life easier when setting up regular monthly payments. Please remember payments are payable within the first 7 days of each month, in advance. With over 300 families and lack of availability, we are unable to arrange alternative payment methods or accommodate late fee-paying. Many thanks to the majority of parents who pay the correct fees, on time! Payments are accepted by advance BACS, Standing Order or Childcare Voucher transfer only. If you require support setting up payments please let me know. Alternative payment methods are subject to a minimum 3% fee from 1.9.15.
Please reference payments: CHILDSURNAME OLV / CHG/ FR / STMBS / STMTH / FR
OFSTED AT OLVESTON CLUB
Ofsted decided to pay a surprise visit to Olveston Club on Monday 15th June. The inspector was really impressed with all she saw and the club has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ for the ‘Wellbeing of the Children’, and ‘Good’ in 2 other areas and overall. Comments include:
‘children are extremely happy and have excellent relationships with staff and their friends’
‘children behave exceptionally well’
‘staff celebrate good behaviour and boost children’s self-esteem’
‘Staff get to know children well and understand their individual needs and interests’
‘staff teach children to take responsibility for their personal safety’
‘leaders use robust recruitment and vetting procedures’
‘staff provide highly-stimulating and well-resourced play environments for the children’
They ‘make their own choices about what they would like to do…developing their friendships and their imaginative skills’
‘Parents have access to displays and the club website and are complimentary about the club’
‘children thoroughly enjoy their time at the club’
The inspection will shortly be available on Ofsted’s website – reference EY407156 or paper copies are available at Olveston club.
We are really pleased to have the success of the club recognised in this way. Many thanks go to the staff and to your children for making Olveston Out of School Club such a great place to be.
STAFF GOODBYES AND WELCOMES
Belle and Ben at Cherry Garden Club and Matt at St Mary’s Thornbury Club will be moving on at the end of term. We wish them all well in the future. We welcome Lin and Wendy who will be joining the Frenchay OOSC team, and will be running Frenchay Breakfast Club with Chloe from September. Angie Harbury will be joining the Cherry Garden club full time from September.
Wishing everyone a lovely summer break, and look forward to seeing you and your children in September.
Cath and the OOSC team
Olveston OOSC 0757 301986 Alex Hill, Leader
St Helen’s After School and Holiday Club 07767 218709 Hannah Meade, Leader
Cherry Garden OOSC 07434 828172 Sam Warren, Leader
St Mary’s OOSC , Bradley Stoke 07708 166760 April Scott, Leader
Frenchay OOSC 07434 829190 Joanne Vile, Leade
St Mary’s OOSC Thornbury 07504 422623 Sam Warren / Elaine Little