We have a wide range of activities available for children who attend The Gap Club, these include sports, arts and crafts, cooking, drama and age-appropriate toys and equipment.
We always encourage our children to follow play that is freely chosen by themselves. This then allows them to control the content
of their play with their own ideas, interests and instincts. Our staff will support and facilitate the children’s play in a safe environment using our sound and up to date knowledge of the play process and using reflective practice.
Please see the individual setting pages on our website for information on the specific daily routines of each club.
Menu & Dietary Requirements
The Gap Club is committed to providing healthy, nutritious and tasty food and drinks for children during our sessions.
Children who eat a variety of healthy foods feel better and are able to enjoy a better quality of life; eating a balanced diet can also prevent serious health problems as children grow into adulthood, at The Gap Club we supply a daily balanced snack as well as fresh fruit & vegetables. Our children can self-select what they eat each day and children are encouraged to make healthy choices through praise, rewards & stickers.
Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating so we regularly consult the children about menu choices, and future options. Our weekly snack menus are displayed on ‘Parent Notice’ boards and/or Entrance Boards. Please note the snack we provide is only a ‘snack’ and should not be deemed as an evening meal.
The Supervisor and staff will make every effort to ensure that food and drink is safely prepared and sensitive to the dietary, religious and cultural requirements of all the children. To ensure children with serious allergies are safe in our settings, we operate a strict ‘no-nut´ policy. We do not provide snacks containing nuts and do not allow them into our settings.
We ask parents to provide detailed information regarding their child’s health and well-being through a series of questions in our registration form. It is important that we have this information in place before the child starts as further information may be needed to ensure that we can provide the best care. An additional form, a Healthcare Plan will need to be completed in relation to epi-pens, allergies, medication, additional needs and intimate care. Incomplete documentation and insufficient information will result in a delay to your child starting with us.
Transportation & Collection Services
After School Clubs:
Children arrive at The Gap Club in various manners-
Base school collection
- Younger children are either collected by a member of The Gap Club staff from their individual classrooms, or the classroom assistants will bring the children to The Gap Club area/room.
- In some settings where it is deemed safe to do so we encourage independence for the older children by allowing them to arrive at the setting on their own. We ensure that we have fully explained the responsibility/expectations of this process to them and have a stringent approach to efficient signing in procedures and are able to identify ‘unaccounted for’ children promptly and act accordingly.
- For all other children that need transportation to The Gap Club we use the services of a local mini-bus company and/or taxi company. The vehicles are fully insured and fitted with seat belts, with all insurance/legal documentation including driver DBS checks held at each setting. A member of The Gap Club Staff is present during the transportation process and all identification details of the staff will be provided to the schools to ensure they are always aware of current Gap Club staff with permission to collect the children.
- In cases where a mini-bus is not viable senior members of staff are able to use their own vehicles to collect children. Each child is provided with a booster seat and The Gap Club ensures the correct insurance/legal documentation is in place for these occasions.
Please note that individual clubs may adapt these processes to compliment the specific needs of their children, please speak to the Supervisor directly for clarification on this.
Trips & Visitors
Trips are an exciting addition to childcare provisions. All venues are risk assessed beforehand and child/adult ratios are reduced to 1:5 for trips. The mini bus operator/taxi company is fully insured, licensed and fitted with seat belts (documentation is available onsite). The logistics of organising trips is demanding and mainly driven by the expression of interest shown by the children/parents. We will attempt to support the costs of these trips as much as we can to enable these events. All external trips require an additional consent form which will be provided on each occasion.
Visitors to the settings may incur a cost but we will try to ensure these are kept to a minimum. We will keep you regularly informed about these events.