Breakfast and After School Club
We are pleased to be able to offer child care before and after school at St Dennis Primary Academy (during term time) and all school aged children are welcome.
We are committed to:
- Providing varied care and play opportunities for children that cater for a range of interests and abilities.
- Ensuring activities within the breakfast and after school clubs are inclusive, not discriminatory and accessible for all.
- Ensuring activities promote the social, emotional and mental health of all children.
- Providing children with access to a variety of facilities and equipment that are safe to use, and ensuring they are supervised at all times.
- Ensuring staff running these clubs put the needs of children first at all times.
- Adhering to relevant legislation that keeps children safe and free from harm at all times.
- Ensuring staff adhere to their safeguarding duties at all times and report any concerns they may have to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Ensuring staff are qualified, and that any volunteers and staff on duty at the breakfast and after school clubs have undertaken the relevant security checks and these are listed in the SCR.
- Promoting a positive and inclusive environment for pupils and tackling any incidents of bullying immediately.
- Listening and responding to children's views and concerns.
- Keeping parents and carers informed of school policies and procedures, including opening times, fees and charges, and programmes of activities.
- Sharing and discussing children's achievements, experiences, progress and friendships, along with any difficulties that may arise.
Admissions and fees
The standard daily fee for attending the Breakfast Club is £3 and the After School Club is £4.50. There is a discounted rate of £4 for siblings who attend the After School Club on the same day.
Bookings are made on ParentPay in advance (by 6pm the previous day) https://www.parentpay.com/.
Timings and Activities
Parents and carers can drop children to Breakfast Club at the bottom gate on School Lane from 08:00. Children have a range of games, toys, puzzles, craft materials and construction toys to play with once they have eaten their breakfast.
At After School Club, children have the same activities as Breakfast Club to choose from and there is also a daily activity planned that all children can be involved in such as a craft activity or baking. Screentime is limited to a ‘film-night’ every now and again.
Children can be collected from the same place before 17:00. The After School Club have their own phone line for use after 15:30 so if parents are carers are running late or there is an emergency, the club can be contacted. This number is 07512 020800.
At St Dennis Primary Academy, we follow the School Food Standards.
At Breakfast Club, we aim to provide a healthy breakfast. Every day there are a selection of either low-sugar and high fibre breakfast cereals, pancakes, bagels, crumpets, toast with different toppings such as low-fat spread or low-fat cheese. There is also a choice of drinks including fresh water, unsweetened fruit juice (150mls max) and semi-skimmed milk.
After School Club we regard snack time as an important part of the day’s setting as it provides an opportunity for children and adults to socialise and helps children to learn about healthy eating.
Our setting aims to provide children with a well-balanced and nutritious snack that meets all children’s dietary needs. We also try to provide children with different food experiences by regularly providing a range of exotic fruit and vegetables for children to try.
The staff ensure they have access to dietary needs and copies of Care Plans from the school for all allergies. This information ensures that children only receive food and drink that is consistent with their dietary needs as well as their parents’ wishes.
We take care not to provide food containing nuts or nut products, and are especially vigilant where we have a child who has a known nut allergy.
A typical example of food included in well-balanced snacks are:
- Carrot sticks
- Rice crackers
- Grated cheese
- Pitta bread
- 1 glass of orange or apple juice (150mls max)
- Milk (lower fat)
All children who wish to eat are encouraged to wash their hands before snack and find a chair around a table of their choice. Food is placed in the centre of each table, by chosen helpers, and children are encouraged to help themselves to food and drink by staff. This develops independence through children making their own choices and encourages sharing skills and good table manners.
Children have access to water and can ask for it at any point throughout the session.
The club also promotes healthy eating through cooking activities, which encourage children to think about the food that they eat, and to try different food if they would like to.
All Staff involved in the preparation of food have successfully completed food hygiene training and have a Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate which is updated every three years in line with the Food Hygiene Standards.
Food purchasing, preparation, service and storage meet the appropriate standards for food safety and sanitation. All food, which need to be kept chilled, is put on the appropriate shelf in the fridge and eaten before its sell by date. Food, which is uneaten at the end of the day, will be thrown away or stored in the appropriate way. All tables are wiped clean with COSHH approved cleaning fluids before any food preparation takes place, and staff will ensure that they wash their hands. Gloves will be worn in the preparation of food. At the end of the week the fridge is cleaned out and the insides wiped with COSHH approved cleaning fluids.