Brecon Beacons Park Play, Our Way
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs is an umbrella organisation supporting independent clubs which offer childcare before and after school and during school holidays. Between them the clubs cater for more than 40,000 children aged 3 -14.
As well as our business support role, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs offers training and resources to improve the quality of activities in the club and the skills of the Playworkers.
One of the favourite resources is the Nature Zone pack which has been in use for several years. Nature Zone is a resource pack that provides practical ideas for Playworkers to use in their clubs. It is all about exploring the environment through play, with things to do and make both indoors and out.
The bilingual packs can be used by both adults and children and provide a basis for ideas around different themes and seasons. The packs are easy to follow and allow children to learn more about the world in which they live whilst having fun. The packs can be added to and children can extend ideas further by exploring, researching and talking to friends, families and their community.
Thanks to generous grant funding from The Ernest Cook Trust, The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and The Brecon Beacons Trust Limited. Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has been able to expand and update the Nature Zone pack.
The additional activities have been developed in conjunction with The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and reflect the type of activities that can be undertaken in the National Park.
Buddy Up with Healthy Friends Workshop
The Healthy Friends workshop provides information and guidance on setting up a buddy system within individual settings. Allowing older children to lead on activities with younger children, this workshop can help all children, regardless of their age, improve their physical activity and nutrition levels and the raise awareness of the risks of smoking and alcohol through a range of peer led, fun, healthy activities. An activity box with 76 bilingual activity cards is provided to each setting. Each of the sections in the pack have 5 bilingual activity cards that are aimed at the younger age groups making the workshop relevant to childminders and pre-school age children. In addition to this, there are 11 fun evaluation activities to consult with children and gain their views.
The aim of the workshop is to provide training to both playworkers and childcare workers in order for them to develop the skills to set up a buddying system within their own settings using a pre-prepared activity toolkit. This one day workshop provides the knowledge of the buddying process and the positive effects this method of working can have on the engagement of children to develop healthy habits for life.
The following subjects are covered in the workshop:-
· Introduction to buddy training;
· Fundamental ideas behind using a buddy system;
· Role of the buddy; Resolving conflict;
· Action planning;
· Introduction to physical activity cards;
· Introduction to nutrition activity cards;
· Introduction to risky behaviours of smoking and alcohol;
· Practical evaluation techniques;
· Assessment of distance travelled
“Informative – given me ideas to use at club”
“Very good resources, especially for Foundation Phase”
“Very informative course and lovely resources”
“Was much more fun and enjoyable than expected – as soon as we were given our pack we started a buddy club”
“I work in a pre-school so I will adapt some of the activities to suit the younger children – we are working on a healthy lifestyle project so this is very helpful for that”
For details of a workshop near you and to book your place, visit www.clybiauplantcymru.org, click on South East Wales / North Wales / West Wales and then Training.
Kids’ clubs get numeracy help thanks to RBS
A charity which supports more than 1,500 childcare clubs across Wales is offering events to help with financial and numeracy skills thanks to a grant from RBS.
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs is an umbrella organisation supporting independent clubs which offer childcare before and after school and during school holidays. Between them the clubs cater for more than 40,000 children aged three to 14.
Now the charity has been awarded an RBS Community Grant of £13,715 which it will use to fund ten events around Wales to help playworkers, managers and committee members to develop financial and numeracy skills.
The events will be designed to help playworkers with ideas for number and literacy games which will help children learn skills through play, and to help those who run the clubs learn about financial procedures and reports as well as accurate record-keeping skills.
The charity’s South East Wales team leader Alex Fudge said: “This sort of training is very much needed. We have been consulting with clubs and this is one of the areas they have identified”.
In a survey carried out by the charity of 753 playworkers and managers across Wales, 38% of respondents said they needed support with financial sustainability and with cashflow forecasts and 70% said they would like help with developing play activities.
The All Wales charity, based in Llanishen, Cardiff, and with regional offices in Cross Hands and Colwyn Bay, was alerted to the grant opportunity by Neil Williams, their relationship manager at NatWest, which is part of RBS.
Neil said: “RBS Community Grants are designed to support charities and organisations which mirror our aims in the communities we work in. When Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs told me there was a clear need for support and training in financial management and numeracy skills I suggested they apply for a grant. I’m delighted that they have been successful and that staff, volunteers and children across Wales will benefit.”
Clubs interested in finding out more about the events, due to kick off in the autumn term, can contact Alex Fudge on 029 20741000
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Tel: 07748 623419
IT SURGERIES FOR CLUBS
As part of Communities 2.0 National Outreach Programme, the Welsh Government's digital inclusion programme, we are doing our bit to help people in Wales get online and use ICT.
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs will be delivering IT surgeries for clubs to include accessing websites, social media and using the computer to make financial calculations. Participants will also be able to get our new media and e-safety policy, which includes use of mobile telephones and other IT devices, e-communications, social networking, safe internet use and use of photographs and videos.
Theses surgeries will be taking place in Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.
As workshops in this initial phase are limited, please telephone 029 20741000 or contact your childcare business development officer to book a surgery at your club.