Welcome to our brand new purpose built holiday club, completed Febuary2022.
The Holiday Club is open each school holiday.
* Spring 21 February
* Easter 11 April
* Summer 25 July
* Autumn 24 October
* Christmas 19 December
Located in a new purpose built building in the grounds of the nursery with its own large secure wooded, grass and hard play areas.
Brookfield Holiday Club follows the play work principle to provide a broad range of environments and play opportunities for the children to explore and to build on their own life skills.
The play work principles:
* All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity and is fundamental to the development and well being of individuals and communities.
* Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play. Children do this by following their own instincts, ideas and interests in their own way for their own reasons.
* The prime focus and essence of play work is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the policy, strategy, training and education.
* For play workers, the play process takes precedence and play workers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult led agendas.
* The role of the play worker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.
* The play workers response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process and reflective practice.
* Play workers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of the children and young peoples’ play on the play worker.
* Play workers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All play workers should balance the risk with the development benefit and well being of the children.
We facilitate childrens’ play by offering a wide range of choices in the play environment giving the children lots of first hand experiences:
* Woodwork - using saws, hammers and even hand drills.
* Cooking - such as tin pancakes, sitting round a campfire with marsh mallows.
* Sewing- making baskets, teddies and bags.
* Making dens- using a range of materials and in different environments.
* Dressing up- pretending to be your favourite characters or putting on makeup for a party.
We provide opportunities for parties where the children can create the environment and make the food for everyone to eat.
We sit together and make lists of games so the children can make decisions together and have the excitement of doing something on their own.
We go on planned trips which are the childrens’ choice. We talk together discussing the risks involved with the trips, allowing the children to make their own suggestions to prevent the risks.
All the trips we go on use public transport, allowing the children to gain first hand experiences of waiting for buses, reading timetable and being able to pay for their tickets.