About the Club

About the club

Holystone Out of School Club is registered with Ofsted (Registration No EY 463 515) and is based within Holystone Primary School. The club is open from 7.30am until 6.00pm weekdays, during term time. We also offer holiday care from 8am to 6pm.

You can download our last inspection report here

We are based in the portacabins, situated at the back of Holystone Primary School, which comprises of a quiet room, a reception area including toilets and a playroom. In addition to this we have our own outdoor space including a garden and outdoor playhouse for use during school hours and direct access on to the school field after school hours.

Within the local area we also access Holystone Park, Shiremoor Adventure Playground and The Rising Sun Country Park on a regular basis to allow the children to experience opportunities within the local community.

Our Mission

Holystone out of School Clubs Mission is to create a partnership between children, parents and staff which assists and encourages the development of the children within its care in a ‘home for home’ environment.

What we offer

Our Club follows the Playwork Principles, so the children are free to choose activities and resources as they wish. There will always be a wide selection of activities and resources available, including dressing up, home corner, craft, board games, construction, computer games, physical play, cookery, and reading. In addition, planned activities are available on a sessional basis if children wish to participate in them.

What we provide

The food we provide at the Club is not intended as a substitute for a main evening meal. We provide healthy snacks, including fresh fruit and vegetables. We promote independence, by encouraging the children to prepare their own snacks, and to clear away after themselves. We use fresh ingredients and follow statutory guidelines. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. We meet individual dietary requirements and parental preferences wherever possible. We recognise the importance of healthy nutrition for children delivered in a calm, friendly setting. We allow children to decide when they are ready to eat, but request that food be consumed whilst sitting at the snack table.

Organisation

Holystone Out of School Club is run as a private business, employing six staff. We enjoy a close working relationship with Holystone Primary School in order to ensure continuity of care, and to maintain good communication links.

Policies and procedures

The Club has clearly defined policies and procedures. Key points of the main policies are included in this Handbook. Copies of the full policies are kept in the entrance area of the Club and are available for parents to consult at all times.