Vote here for Out of School Club of the Year award 2024

Out of School Childcare Club of the Year: A Setting that embodies the Playwork Principles and that is an excellent example of the benefit of quality play and childcare for children, families and communities.

Below are anonymised nominations for the shortlisted Out of School Clubs.

Please read the descriptions below and cast your vote for the winner here.

Club 1 has excellent outdoor resources, many of which are loose parts. The children choose their activities and support each other with the staff using the ‘planning in the moment’ model. There are lovely hens in their outdoor area and the children love collecting the eggs. There’s a fire pit area and many logs. In their recent CIW Inspection they were given ‘4 Excellents’ and one of the  comments from the Inspector was: “Children are enthusiastic learners, highly motivated and stimulated by their learning environment. Children’s all-round development is promoted through age and developmentally appropriate experiences.”

All the staff are super helpful, approachable and quick to act when needed. All staff are brilliant with the children and always make it fun, they go above and beyond and are extremely nurturing.

Service provided is excellent, from staff, to setting, and value for money compared to other local settings. The online booking system is easy to use.

Club 2 provides great quality care and fun activities. They have a lovely family feel and many children (like my own) have spent years with their services. The staff turnover rate is very low, leading to staff we have known for years and strong relationships with the children. They provide a vital service in our community, and they deserve recognition for the amazing work they do.

The children love going to holiday club as there are always lots of exciting trips and activities. We especially love the parties!

Club 2 has done a fantastic job on bringing out the confidence in my little boy and helping him engage with others. He is also being taught Welsh and sign language, he’s a very forward and clever individual all thanks to the support of the Playworkers.

Club 3 provides fantastic care for my boys, one who has ALN. They treat every child the same and are amazing. The children absolutely adore the staff and have the best time.

My son has recently started at Club 3 and has settled in so well. The ladies there are always ready with a cuddle for him and they always make sure he’s happy and safe.

Club 3 encourage the children to learn Welsh through play. I feel completely happy that my child is safe at the hands of the out of school club when I am at work.

Cast your vote for the winner here.