Forthill out of School Club (SC036248)

About the Club

Mornings

The morning club operates during term time from 7.30am until 9am. Children can arrive the club at anytime however must be signed in by a responsible person over the age of 16. Those in primary 7 may sign themselves in however it is the parents responsibility to ensure the child arrives at the club.

The session offers children the opportunity to choose from a wide range of activities including role play, construction & free play, games & jigsaws, reading, drawing, quiet area, TV, PC’s and on occasion’s use of the Wii. Art activities are led by the children and also relate to specific themes and cultural festivals.

Throughout the session the children are served breakfast until 8.40am. A choice of toast, cereal and other breakfast products are served if children wish to eat. Children eat at the breakfast table where social skills are learned and developed.

Children are permitted to leave the club for school from 8.45am. Those in primary 1 will be walked to school by a member of staff until it is felt by both the staff and parent that they are able to walk round themselves.

Afternoons

After school the club operates from 3.15pm until 6pm.

Children in primary 1 and 2 will be collected from the infant department and brought to the club. All other children will walk to the club themselves and be signed in using a register.

Throughout the session the children are offered a balance of play types and both structured/non-structured activities. The children can choose from two play areas, the main room and the gym hall.

In the main room children can choose from a wide range of activities including role play, construction & free play, games & jigsaws, reading, drawing, TV, quiet area, PC’s and on occasion use of the Wii. A structured art activity is also provided each day based on planned themes and cultural festivals.

In the gym hall children are offered a range of physical activities using a planned programme which is adapted to suit the needs and wants of attending children. Where possible physical play takes place outside as this is the children’s preference.

A light snack will be provided to children from 3.30pm. Snack meets regulations and always includes a variety of fruit and vegetables and a second choice, for example a biscuit, fruit, pancake, jelly, yoghurts etc. Where possible a choice will be offered to help ensure all children can have something they like. Drinks offered include water, milk and fruit juice. Snack will reflect social and cultural festivals throughout the year as well as a tool for introducing new tastes to children.

Holidays

On in-service days and during holidays the club offers care for children from 8am until 6pm.

Children can arrive the club at anytime however all children must be signed in by a responsible person over the age of 16.

Throughout the session the children are served breakfast until approximately 9am. A choice of toast, cereal and other breakfast products are served if children wish to eat. Children eat at the breakfast table where social skills are learned and developed.

Throughout the session children are offered the opportunity to choose from a wide range of activities including role play, construction & free play, games & jigsaws, reading, drawing, quiet area, TV, PC’s and on occasion’s use of the Wii.

A structured programme of activities also takes place during holiday periods. The programme is made available to service users 4 – 6 weeks prior to the holiday period beginning. There are 2 activities per session (morning and afternoon), one which is a physical activity either outside or in the gym hall and the other is usually an art based activity. The staff work hard to consult service users when making programmes and try to make it as balanced as possible.

On occasions the club will take the children on a trip as part of the programme. Parents will be notified in advance of where we are going, the departure tie and estimated arrival time back at the club.

Snack will be served once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Snack meets regulations and will always include a variety of fruit and vegetables and a second choice, for example a biscuit, fruit, pancake, jelly, yoghurts etc. Where possible a choice will be offered to help ensure all children can have something they like. Drinks offered include water, milk and fruit juice. Snack will reflects social and cultural festivals throughout the year as well as a tool for introducing new tastes to children.

Lunch is provided by parents and all children will eat together in a social setting. There are no stipulations other than all items must be ready to eat and an ice pack included within the lunchbox to help maintain the temperature.

Our History

Forthill Out Of School Club has been operating for over 10 years providing wraparound care to the children of Forthill Primary during term-time and opening it’s doors to any child who registered during the holidays.

The club began with 3 members of staff and was housed in Forthill Sports Club which proved to be a drain on the finances and many times the club was close to closure. From there it moved into pre-fabricated accommodation within the school grounds. Eventually we were given our own ‘hut’ with two rooms, toilets and sole use which allowed the club to take 48 children and the staff team to grow to 15.

In July 2006 the club and a staff team of 12 moved again, this time into the community area of the school.

Unfortunately the accommodation now allocated for our sole use is half the size it was and after school we have to take 12 of the children into the gym hall. Using the gym hall on a daily basis has taken a bit of getting used to for the children and the staff team. This is partly due to the restricted activities although through daily planning and evaluation the situation improved.

Now 2 years on the club staff and children have adapted to the new environment and the club has gone from strength to strength developing the provision of activities and equipment through external funding.