The Dell operates at both Abel Smith & Morgans schools as follows
7.45am to 9 am for Breakfast club (7.30am at Abel Smith School) 3pm to 6pm for After School Club Holiday Club (normally held at Morgans School):-
9am to 6pm inclusive. (7.45to 9am at additional charge)
We ask all parents to start by completing a bookings form (either term time or holidays -one each per child) . This indicates what service you require on what days and sessions you are requesting. On receipt our Bookings Officer will review availability and contact you and advise you of what spaces we can provide.
We are currently expanding places at Abel Smith in the afternoon and are hoping to be able to accommodate all current requests from Sept 2016.
Where spaces become limited we operate a waiting list and have an admissions policy which we operate to assist us allocating places in the fairest way. Once your child’s space has been confirmed then we require completion of a registration form – together with relevant contact/emergency and GP details, as well as your payment or payment details.
Children from other schools are welcome to attend the club during both term time and in the holidays, but we do not have any facilities to arrange transport between schools. All children need to be signed into the club by a relevant parent or carer at the start /end of their session.
During the holidays……
We welcome children from both Morgans and Abel Smith as well as other schools in the area to attend our holiday scheme. Our holiday activity programme is available through our website together with booking and registration forms. Once submitted our bookings clerk will confirm your child’s place.
• Standing order is preferred for regular bookings • Cheque • Childcare vouchers • We do accept cash but would prefer alternative payments which are easier for us to track and manage.
The Dell has a waiting list for some popular services. We would advise parents to book places early to avoid disappointment. We have an admissions policy which we use to ensure places are allocated in a fair way and preference is given to parents who serve on the Dell Management Committee for a year or more.
Subject to there being a space available on that day, we do accept casual bookings – if in advance then please contact our Bookings Clerk who will be available to confirm availability. Alternatively our coordinator or manager on site will be able to advise in if there is immediate availability? It may not always be possible to take last minute bookings so please don’t expect to leave your child without prior confirmation. Ad hoc bookings should be paid in full at the time of booking and a registration form with emergency numbers and medical information must be completed before a child attends a session.
If you are claiming working family tax credits you may be able to claim some of the costs of childcare from the Dell via Working Family Tax Credits (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/)
Yes the Dell is OFSTED registered as an early years provision and is assessed in a similar way to schools and nurseries particularly in our care of children under the age of 5. Our clubs at Abel Smith achieved an Outstanding rating and Mogans club achieving a very strong Good grading in the last inspection November 2016. We strive to continuously improve what we do and so the inspections provide valuable feedback on how well we are doing please use the following links to see what OFSTED thought of our provisions;-
Abel Smith http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY423158
We have a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy in place which sets out the guidelines to ensure children are safe in our care. Our staff undergo disclosure and barring checks (DBS) to ensure suitability to work with children. Coupled with a programme of training to support our staff knowledge of the safeguarding policy, we also include things like first aid training. See our Safeguarding policy
The Dell aims to offer a range of activities to the children who attend. Children are invited to submit ideas and requests of what they would like to do each week. Some examples include
Outdoor activities:- Sporting e.g.rounders, football, netball. Recreational;- tag, dodgeball, parachute games, bikes trikes etc Informal – den building, obstacle courses or free play.
Indoor activities:- Board games, books, toys/ activities i.e. Lego, dressing up Arts and crafts – painting, drawing, knitting, collage. Cooking – cakes, tea – pizza etc. Hall games
At breakfast club:- Due to time constraints activities are focused in the dining area & include simple board games and table top activities.
During the holiday:- We offer a comprehensive and varied programme of indoor and outdoor activities which are normally themed around an idea i.e. Great British bake off or Olympic week etc. We vary the programme with some external trips and visits i.e. swimming, cinema or visit to an open farm, to vary the week.
Breakfast is served from 7.45am includes;-wholegrain cereals, wholemeal toast with relevant jams and spreads. On occasions muffins or croissants are provided.
Tea served from 4-4.30pm:- the focus is on a healthy wholesome snack and could include baked beans on toast, pasta, hot dogs, wraps and include portions of fruit and salad style vegetables. We also provide a dessert which may have be a yogurt or something the children have prepared. The food is plentiful and the children are invited to enjoy as much as they can eat.
During the holidays the children need to bring in a snack lunch and a tea in the format above will be provided at around 4.00pm.
It is important that any special needs or requirements relating to your child’s health and welfare are discussed with us during the booking process, so we can make relevant arrangements or adaptations to accommodate your child. Please see our policy on Special Needs for more information and discuss any specific need with our Manager/ Coordinator.
We take any concerns very seriously and we welcome any feedback about our service provision. We have a specific complaints procedure (see our policies section for more information), but initially your first point of contact is via the Manager of each club. Alternatively your complaints can be made in writing/or by email to the Management Committee of The Dell. Complaints procedure
Alternatively if you don’t feel able to discuss your complaint or you have a concern please contact Ofsted on 0300 123 4666