GUIDELINES & REGISTRATION FORMS
Fun 4 Kidz Play and Child Care are a registered charity that was set up in 1998 to provide out of school clubs in Netherton, however due to the excellent reputation the organisation has built up and it’s ability to develop and expand services to meet the needs of local communities and families. Fun 4 Kidz, helping families throughout Merseyside.
Fun 4 Kidz now provides out of school childcare across 10 afterschool clubs, 3 holiday clubs and 3 breakfast clubs within 8 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 exclusion.
In total Fun 4 Kidz is providing activities for over 850 children per week and with ongoing developments, plans to care for many more children and support many more families across more communities in Liverpool.
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.
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.
Contact us using the telephone numbers below or visit our contact page.
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 the form through the link below and print it off. Please fill it in and send it back to us. Our address to send the form to is at the bottom of our website.
Download the forms HERE as a PDF document.
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.
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 (5.55pm Churchtown, St Robert Bellarmine, Springwell Park and Lydiate Primary).
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.
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).
Children can be dropped off at Farnborough Road School and Lydiate Primary 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:
£10.50 first child / £9.50 siblings
Full day £24 / Half day £15.20
Full day £22 / Half day £13.90
£4.20 first child / £3.90 siblings
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 one Operations Manager (Rebecca Scott) who is responsible for supporting the day to day running of all clubs and is 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.
Contact details for individual clubs are below:
L30 Afterschool Club - L30 Centre Stonyfield
3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07399 419 290
Seaforth Afterschool Club - Rimrose Hope School
3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07950 763 465
Netherton Park Afterschool Club - Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre
3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 285 5210 or 07534 824 929
Farnborough Road Afterschool Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale
3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07873 223 286
Ainsdale Afterschool Club - Ainsdale Primary School
3.20pm-6pm 0151 932 9218 or 07506 306 573
LIPA Afterschool Club - LIPA Primary School, Liverpool
3.20pm-6pm 0151 932 9218 or 07955 263 759
Churchtown Afterschool Club - Churchtown Primary School, Churchtown
3.15pm-5.45pm 0151 932 9218 or 07444 009 812
St. Robert Bellarmine Afterschool Club - St Robert Bellarmine Primary School, Bootle
3.00pm-5.55pm 0151 932 9218 or 07396 010 766
Springwell Park Afterschool Club - Springwell Park Primary School, Bootle
3.00pm-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07396 297 213
Lydiate Primary Afterschool Club - Lydiate Primary School, Lydiate
3.30pm-5.55pm 0151 932 9218 or 07717 229 706
Farnborough Road Holiday Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale
8.00am-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07873 223 286
L30 Holiday Club L30 Centre, Netherton
8.00am-6.00pm 0151 932 9218 or 07936 424 038
Churchtown Holiday Club - Churchtown Primary School
8.00am-5.45pm 0151 932 9218 or 07444 009 812
Farnborough Road Breakfast Club - Farnborough Road School, Birkdale
7.45am-8.50am 0151 932 9218 or 07873 223 286
LIPA Breakfast Club - LIPA Primary School, Liverpool
8.00am-9.00am 0151 932 9218 or 07955 263 759
Lydiate Primary Breakfast Club - Lydiate Primary School, Lydiate
7.45am-8.50am 0151 932 9218 or 07717 229 706
Fun 4 Kidz are 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:
• 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.
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.
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.
Please contact the main office 0151 932 9218 for bank details.
Help with the cost of childcare
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.
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:
• 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:
New policies are regularly developed, reviewed and implemented in consultation with the children, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the Board of Directors.
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.
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.
• 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun 4 Kidz Pledge to Parents/Carers
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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.
A condition of joining and using Fun 4 Kidz clubs is that members actively contribute and participate in support of the club through.
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.