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Background Information

Fun 4 Kidz is a registered charity that was set up in 1998 as part of a regeneration strategy for Netherton. The organisation was orignally established to provide out of school provision in Netherton, however, due to the excellent reputation the organisation has built up and its ability to develop and expand services to meet the needs of local communities and families, Fun 4 Kidz now provides much, much more.

With new development at St Robert Bellarmine, in September 2017, Fun 4 Kidz now provides out of school childcare across 8 afterschool clubs, 3 holiday clubs and 2 breakfast clubs within 7 different communities. These provisions enable parents/carers to access employment or training whilst also providing an inclusion project to assist families and children at risk of social exclsuion..

Fun 4 Kidz also delivers Play 4 Kidz which is a project that provides a range of positive activity clubs of an evening and weekend, in Netherton, to deter children from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and help to develop relationships across generations within the commuity and with other agencies e.g. police and fire service.

In total Fun 4 Kidz is providing activities for over 600 children per week and with ongoing developments, plans to care for many more children and support many more families across more communities in Liverpool.

The organisation also manages the L30 Community Centre, in Netherton, to provide a wide range of services for the whole community including training, job club, food bank and social activities alongside enabling local people to use their skills and talents to make a difference.

Throughout all of these provisions we offer volunteering and training opportunities alongside delivering employment programmes, to support people back into work, which has included the Intermediate Labour Market programme, Future Jobs Fund and more recently apprenticeships.

Fun 4 Kidz aims to provide affordable services and do not charge the full or cost of running the provisions. We are currently supported by Sefton’s Living Well programme to enable us to achieve this.

As illustrated a lot has been developed within the organisation since it was established and this had resulted in Fun 4 Kidz being recognised with a number of awards over the years and as we continue to go from strength to strength.

 

We welcome you and your child to Fun 4 Kidz!!


Here are all the forms required to register your child with Fun 4 Kidz. Please download, print off and fill in.

Download HERE as a PDF

We appreciate that this may seem a lot of forms however, we are required by Ofsted and our funders to collect certain information and most importantly the more information we have the better we will be able to ensure we provide the appropriate care for your child.

If you require any assistance, or require this pack in large print, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Forms can be returned to the club or to the main office.

Afterschool Clubs:
Children are collected from their school and escorted by our playworkers to their club.

At the club the children are provided with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of planned and free play activities including role play, arts & crafts, ICT, outdoor play, and lots, lots more! The children are also provided with a healthy snack and are then collected from the club by parents/carers before 6.00pm (5.45pm Churchtown, 5.55pm St Robert Bellarmine)

Holiday Clubs:
Holiday Club bookings are taken approximately 1 month before a holiday club is due to take place and can be made in the club or via the main office.

Children are dropped off at the L30 Centre, Netherton, Farnborough Road School, Birkdale or Churchtown Primary School from 8.00am onwards (half day sessions are also available) and again children are provided with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of planned activities including day trips.

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Children are provided with a healthy snack in the morning and afternoon and must bring a packed lunch if attending the club for a full day.  Please mark refrigerated products e.g. sandwiches, yoghurts with your child’s name as these will need to come out of the box to be put in the fridge.  (We do not have space for 32/48 sandwich boxes in the fridge).

Breakfast Club:
Children can be dropped off at Farnborough Road School from 7.45am or LIPA Primary School from 8.00am onwards. At the club a range of table top games and activities are provided along with a healthy breakfast for no additional cost.

The breakfast club is open until school starts, junior children are then escorted to the playground to line up with their class and infant children are taken to their classrooms.

Fee Costs Per Session:

 1st ChildSiblings
Afterschool Club£9.50£8.79
Holiday ClubFull Day: £22.00
Half Day: £14.00
Full Day: £20.35
Half Day: £12.95
Breakfast Club£4.00£3.70

 

Out of School Details
We have a Chief Executive (Debbie Stephens), who is responsible for the development of the organisation, along with an Office Manager (Chris Ross), who is responsible for recording finance and managing the fee system, to ensure the clubs and the organisation runs smoothly.

We have two Operations Managers, Rebecca Scott (North Sefton) and Aly Fielding (South Sefton & Liverpool), who are responsible for supporting the day to day running of all clubs and here to help you in any way. All staff are based in our main office at the L30 Centre and we can be contacted on 0151 932 9218 during office hours.

Details for individual clubs are as follows:

Information below

L30 Afterschool Club - L30 Centre Stonyfield

32 places

3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07936424038

 


Seaforth Afterschool Club - Rimrose Hope School

32 places

3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07950763465


Netherton Park Afterschool Club - Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre

40 places

3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 285 5210 or 07534824929

 


Farnborough Road Afterschool Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale

80 places

3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07873223286

 


Ainsdale Afterschool Club - Ainsdale Primary School

32 places

3.20pm-6pm 0151 932 9218 or 07506306573



LIPA Afterschool Club - LIPA Primary School, Liverpool

40 places

3.20pm-6pm 0151 932 9218 or 07955263759



Churchtown Afterschool Club - Churchtown Primary School, Churchtown

64 places

3.15pm-5.45pm 0151 932 9218 or 07444009812



St. Robert Bellarmine Afterschool Club - St Robert Bellarmine Primary School, Bootle

32 places

3.00pm-5.55pm 0151 932 9218 or 07396010766



Farnborough Road Holiday Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale

48 places

8.00am-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07873223286

 


L30 Holiday Club L30 Centre, Netherton

32 places

8.00am-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07936424038

 


Churchtown Holiday Club - Churchtown Primary School

64 places

8.00am-5.45pm 0151 932 9218 or 07444009812

 


Farnborough Road Breakfast Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale

80 places

7.45am-8.50am 0151 932 9218 or 07873223286

 


LIPA Breakfast Club - LIPA Primary School, Liverpool

40 places

8.00am-9.00am 0151 932 9218 or 07955263759


Admissions Policy
Fun 4 Kidz is committed to the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality play and childcare opportunities.  To achieve this the Board of Directors has set the following admissions criteria:
Afterschool

• Children aged 4-13 years (3-13 years at Fun 4 Kidz –L30 and St Robert Bellarmine) are eligible to join the afterschool clubs, priority will be given to children who attend one of the clubs feeder schools but children who do not attend the feeder school but live within the local community will also be able to attend if transported to the club.


• Priority is given to siblings of children already attending a club within the network.


• A number of places are secured for children who do not fit into the above category and are for referred users.


• Referred places will be reviewed termly in partnership with the family and referring agency. We reserve the right to change the number of nights a referred user attends in order to ensure a wide use of places.


• No child will be prevented from accessing the network of clubs as long as the above criteria are met.

 

Holiday Club

  • Priority is given to users of the afterschool clubs as long as booking deadlines are met.

Breakfast Club

  • Schools.

The Fun 4 Kidz network aims to promote the use of the clubs by all sectors of the community and will actively seek groups which are under represented.

Registration
Before attending the club all children must be registered with Fun 4 Kidz.  Parents/carers will be provided with a number of forms to complete (included in this pack).  To ensure staff can provide the best possible care for your child please provide all information as requested. 

It is the parent/carers responsibility to return the fully completed registration form before their child starts to attend the club.  We also strongly recommend that parents/carers and their child visit the club prior to starting so that they can be introduced to staff, children and familiarise themselves with the setting.

It is vital that the club is informed immediately of any changes to details provided for example: address, contact numbers, children’s health etc.

If your child has medical needs or dietary requirements or you feel they may require additional support whilst at the club please inform the Senior Worker as you may be required to complete a more detailed form to ensure we are able to meet your child’s requirements.

Bookings and Payments
All bookings and payments must be made monthly in advance.

Advance booking is essential to ensure that the club reserves a childcare place for your child and all parents will be required to complete and sign a booking and fee agreement.  If advance bookings and payments have not been made the club cannot be held responsible for the collection of your child.


Payments can be made by direct debit or standing order.

Account Name: Fun 4 Kidz
Bank: Natwest
Account Number: 17230187
Sort Code: 60 20 23

*Please ensure you use your child’s name as the reference when making any payments*

 

Help with the cost of childcare
Childcare Vouchers
Fun 4 Kidz accept a wide range of childcare vouchers. Please contact the main office for further details.

Working Tax Credit
If you work, are responsible for a child or children and pay for childcare you may be able to get extra help with the costs through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit. You can get help with up to 70% of your childcare costs. The actual amount you will get will depend on your income.

For more information or to request an claim pack please phone the helpline on the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900, or go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits.

Tax-Free Childcare
Since April 2017, if you're a working parent, you could get £2 from the government for every £8 you pay for childcare. If you're eligible, you'll get a Tax-Free Childcare account. It works a bit like a bank account, with you and the government paying money in. You can then use this to send money straight to your childcare provider's bank account.

You should check what help you could get with childcare costs, using the childcare calculator. This will help you decide which support is best for you.

You're usually eligible if all of the following apply:
Your child:
• is under 12, or 17 if they're registered as having a disability
• usually lives with you
You (and your partner, if you have one):
• are 16 or over
• live or work in the UK
• are employed or self-employed
• are over 21 and earn on average at least £107.20 a week, unless in your first unless in your first year of self-employment. Different rates apply if you're under 21 or an apprentice
• earn less than £100,000 a year each
• don't get other support with your childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme


You may also be eligible if you have a partner and one of you gets any of the following benefits:
• Carers Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Incapacity Benefit
• Severe Disablement Benefit
Further information can be found at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk

 

Collection of Children
On collecting children, parents/carers must enter the building and and sign them out on the  register.

Only adults (minimum age of 16) identified on the registration form will be allowed to collect children from the club.  In protecting the safety of all children, unregistered and unannounced adults will not be allowed to access the club.

Parents/carers must adhere to the closing times and strive to collect their child on time.  The club has the right to make an additional charge in the event of parents/carers persistently failing to collect their child within the specified times. This charge will be in line with payment for additional staffing cover.  Constant lateness will result in your child’s place at the club being reviewed.

Sickness, Emergencies, Appointments and Cancellations
If your child is unable to attend the club for any reason please inform the main office on 0151 932 9218.

We do respectfully request that children who are unwell do not attend the club.  If your child becomes unwell whilst at the club we will contact you to collect them or if they have been absent from school due to illness they will not be able to attend the club on that day as outlined in Fun 4 Kidz “Sick Children Policy”.

If your child has a medical or other appointment such as sport/drama club please inform the club as soon as possible.  We will strive to accommodate the needs of your child but if on a planned trip we will not be able to provide care for your child.

In emergency circumstances, such as heavy snow, the schools and on rare occasions the out of school clubs may close however, in all events the club will strive to maintain a service but in circumstances beyond our control, may have to close.  If the club is responsible for closing, payments made for the day will be credited forward.

In the event of such circumstances please call the main office for further details or if your child’s school closes early in an emergency situation.

 


Policies and Procedures

All Fun 4 Kidz out of school clubs are Ofsted registered and adhere to the Ofsted Welfare Requirements to further ensure a quality service is provided the following policies and procedures are also in place and on display in each of the settings:

 

  • Admissions Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Behaviour Management Policy
  • Code of Practice
  • Complaints Policy & Procedure
  • Day Trip Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Equipment & Resources Policy
  • Fee Payment Policy
  • Fee Collection Procedure
  • Food and Drink Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy and Procedures
  • Hygiene Policy
  • Inclusion Policy
  • Integration of New Children into Club
  • Lost Children Policy
  • Medication Policy
  • Non-Collection of Children Policy
  • Outdoor Play Policy and Procedure
  • Procedure for Managing Swine Flu
  • Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Sick Children Policy
  • Sleeping/Resting Children Policy
  • Snack Preparation Policy
  • Sun Safety Policy
  • Suspensions and Exclusions Policy
  • Volunteering Policy
  • Volunteering Policy – Under 18’s
  • Club Policies

New policies are regularly developed, reviewed and implemented in consultation with the children, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the Board of Directors.

 

Valuing Children
All clubs are child centre and value all children.  The club strives to meet the needs of the individual child within the group and provide equal opportunities for all children.  Discrimination or offensive behaviour towards a child,  member of staff or parent/carer is unacceptable.

Positive Play

To ensure all children have an enjoyable time and fun whilst at our clubs, we aim to promote positive behaviour through involving children in developing “Club Promises” and through a range of activities. We ask all parents/carers to support us in implementing these strategies.

Inclusion
In order to provide an inclusive provision, Fun 4 Kidz will strive to the best of their ability to ensure:

• That all children are able to enjoy play activities and all parents/carers are able to use the Fun 4 Kidz services without discrimination.
• Out of School Club premises are physically accessible to all members of the community.
• A safe, quality environment for all ages regardless of gender, race or ability is provided.
• The environment reflects the needs of the community it is serving and the wide range of cultures, which exist within society.
• Through stories and discussion children are enabled to challenge thoughts and ideas which they may have as a result of being subject to negative stereotypes.
• That the visual images provided are positive images and do not contain messages which contribute towards the development of negative stereotypes.
• Equipment and activities will promote non-stereotypical traditions, values and environments.
• All children are offered positive images of themselves and of people, situations and events that are recognisably part of the children’s history and way of life.

 

 

 

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage
Throughout all of its childcare services, Fun 4 Kidz delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a framework for learning, development and care for children aged 0-5 years.  The EYFS sets standards to enable childcare providers to monitor and encourage children to learn and develop through high quality play opportunities.  Each child in this age group will have an individual learning journey which will include:

 

 

  • Photographs
  • Observations
  • Children’s Information
  • Developmental Progress
  • Feedback from Teaching Professions
  • Parent/Carer Feedback and Links to Home.

Your child, if in nursery or reception class, will be assigned a named Key Worker in the club and they will ensure that all your child’s details and personal development is monitored and assessed to enable us to meet their needs and plan for their future development.

All records are available for you to look at any time and we will ask for your support and input into delivering this framework effectively so that your child is able to continue to develop whilst at our club.

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Safeguarding Children
All childrens welfare is paramount. We have professional responsibility to report any suspected sign of abuse to the Social Care team.  We also have a duty to inform the parents/carers of the child concerned of the action we have taken – except in circumstances deemed appropriate by the management.  Please refer to Fun 4 Kidz “Safeguarding Children” policy for further details.

 

 

 


Complaints Procedure
Fun 4 Kidz aim to provide a high quality, efficient and accessible service for parents/carers and children.

All our services are reviewed regularly, however, from time to time a parent/carer or child may feel that they have a complaint against some aspect of our club, or an individual member of staff.  If this situation should occur Fun 4 Kidz have a comprehensive complaints policy and procedure in place, this is available in all settings, and should be followed.

If any concerned parties are not satisfied with the outcome they can contact OFSTED for further advice and support at Early Years, OFSTED, Picadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD.  Tel: 0300 123 1231.

Fun 4 Kidz Board of Directors
Fun 4 Kidz is ultimately managed by a voluntary Board of Directors.  This is made up predominately of parents/carers and additional directors include headteachers and local people with knowledge and skills in developing community projects.

We recruit new Directors at our Annual General Meeting.  If you are interested or would like further details of this opportunity to have your say and to become involved in how Fun 4 Kidz runs its services and plans for future developments please contact the main office.

Volunteering Opportunities
Fun 4 Kidz support local people to take up volunteering opportunities whilst gaining skills and knowledge within the childcare field.

Fun 4 Kidz are always looking for committed volunteers in our out of school clubs and we provide 2 free childcare places, a uniform, expenses and support to gain a nationally recognised childcare qualification. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the main office.

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Fun 4 Kidz Pledge to Parents/Carers

We will:

  • Welcome you at all times to discuss our clubs, have a chat or take part in our activities.
  • Keep you informed of opening times, fees and charges, programmes of activities, snack menus and     procedures.
  • Be consistent and reliable to enable you to access our services with confidence and peace of mind.
  • Share and discuss your child’s achievements, experiences, progress and friendships whilst involving you      in planning for their development through play.
  • Organise information meetings to involve you in decisions about the running of the club and its     development.
  • Ask your permission for outings and special events.
  • Listen to your views and concerns to ensure that we continue to meet your needs.
  • Keep fees as low as possible and give you the option of helping with fundraising.

 

 

 

 

 



Fun 4 Kidz – Conditions of Membership

Fun 4 Kidz offers subsidised child care provision for members.  All users must join the membership scheme, with the exception of referred users.  The club operates an admissions criteria (see Admissions Policy).

The Board of Directors has the right to refuse or cancel membership if criteria is not met or conditions of membership are not adhered to.  In this event there is a right to appeal to the Board of Directors.

Membership Conditions:
A condition of joining and using Fun 4 Kidz clubs is that members actively contribute and participate in support of the club through.

  1. Payment of childcare fees in line with policies and procedures.
  1. Active support of clubs wherever possible.
  1. Collection of children on time and by an appropriate adult.
  1. Payment of a £5.00 enrolment fee and an annual fee of £2.00 thereafter.
  1. To abide within the ethos of Fun 4 Kidz “Equal Opportunities Policy”.
  1. To abide by all Fun 4 Kidz policies and procedures.

 

 

Members will have the right and be encouraged to pass over any ideas, complaints or concerns to the Board of Directors and will be invited to the AGM and have the right to vote on agenda items.