The following blog article was submitted by Tracy and Mandy at Drakies OOSC:
We would like to wish Nicola a fond farewell and the best of luck in new job and welcome Mandy to our Drakies team. Mandy has previously worked on Direct Childcare and Staffbank and is currently studying towards her SVQ 3 in Childcare.
The children and staff have really appreciated our young volunteer Calvin who has been coming in as part of the High Life Highland Leadership Programme and for Saltire Award. He has been a great asset and the children love to spend time playing with Calvin.
The children enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year by painting and gluing a Chinese dragon wall display, colouring in pictures and trying various Chinese food themed snacks for the week. And what a great job they made of the display, it looks ‘fantastic’ in the words of the children.
We have currently started an under the sea theme display based on Dory and Nemo to brighten up our arts and crafts area, so watch out for that whilst in club.
Colouring in seems to be a favourite activity in club just now, where children of all ages sit and chat sociably together whilst they colour. Lego Marvel, Fifa and Minecraft are still the favourite Xbox games although more children have recently been accessing the Wii to play Just Dance. We have quite a few budding young builders whom enjoy using the blocks and lego to make new creations.
We are currently getting organised for the Easter holidays which are just around the corner so please get your bookings in soon. Planners and booking forms are available within club or online from the Care and Learning Alliance Website. Please be advised spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis with payment expected to be made two weeks prior to holiday commencement and will be non-refundable. Holiday club will run
from Thursday 6th April through to 21st April, however we will be closed Good Friday 14th April and Easter Monday 17th April. Normal after school club will resume 24th April.
Thank you to the cooperation of the school, we are now collecting children from P1 – P3 from their classes at 2.45pm which is working very well could all parents be reminded of last minute bookings to inform school so the class teacher can therefore update their list also.
Could we remind all parents of our fee paying and cancellation policies: “Invoices will be issued from the club weekly and payment will be due within 7 days. Failure to pay within 7 days could result in your child being denied access. If you wish to cancel a session please note that 48 hours’ notice is required or the session fee will be charged. Please advise the club promptly if your child is ill to avoid being charged for the session.” The finance office is tightening up on this policy so we can remain sustainable and will therefore be sending out letter 1s and 2s more efficiently.
We understand after a long day you just want to collect your child and go home however, could we please ask all parents to take a few minutes when in club to review and make any amendments necessary to their child’s enrolement form to ensure all details held are accurate. We thank you for your cooperation.
You may also want to consider providing your child with indoor shoes they can take to wear whilst in club, to maintain hygiene we ask all children to take their outdoor shoes off at the door so they do not traipse mud and dirt through the floor where they also sit and play, however during fire drills children have tried to stop to put shoes on if they have not got any on and understandably during a fire getting all children out quickly and safely is the priority so therefore if they already had something on their feet it would help with this matter.