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EYFS Ofsted-registered - What does this mean for our Holiday Camps?


At The Strings Club, we're super proud that each of our Holiday Camps are EYFS Ofsted-registered. However, what does this actually mean? And how does this compare to other types of Ofsted  registrations?

Firstly, you may be thinking, what does Ofsted even mean and what do they do? Ofsted stands for Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages - and that includes our Holiday Camps.

EYFS Ofsted-registered

Voluntary, Compulsory and Early Years - What Does it All Mean?

There are different types of Ofsted registrations for Holiday Camp providers too. These include:

Early Years Register - If you are caring for children aged from birth to the 31st August following their fifth birthday for more than two hours per day, you are legally obliged to register with Ofsted on the Early Years Register, and you must comply with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, and will be inspected under these criteria.

Compulsory Childcare Register - If you care for children from the 1st September following their fifth birthday (eg in Year 1), up to the age of eight for more than two hours per day, you are also required to register on the Compulsory part of the Childcare Register.

Voluntary Childcare Register - The Voluntary part of the Childcare Register is for childcare providers who: "care for children for whom compulsory registration is not required, for two or more hours in any one day; or for a period less than two hours where this includes care immediately before or after a school day." Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook

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We're so proud to be one of the only Holiday Camp providers in the UK that welcome children aged 4-11 - all day.

As parents ourselves of littles ones, we know that we need more than 4 hours a day to work. That's why we love welcoming children in reception upwards all day.

What else does it mean to be EYFS Ofsted-registered?

  1. We accept childcare vouchers and tax free childcare
  1. All our Strings Club Holiday Camps are regulated and inspected by Ofsted to ensure that our childcare standards are of an exceptional level and that this is maintained.
  1. To ensure that our reception age children benefit from a safe, secure, and happy environment we aim for each and every one of them to:

⭐ Build positive relationships - where they can learn to be strong and independent

⭐ Learn and develop well - by responding to their individual needs, we aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.

⭐ Feel like a unique child - every child is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. We use positive encouragement and praise to motivate the children at our Holiday Camps.

⭐Develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. We tailor the experiences we offer children in our care according to their individual needs and abilities.

  1. We are passionate about bringing music education to everybody and this includes children as young as 4.
  1. We have programmes that are specifically designed for children of reception age. All of our morning “Learn Together, Play Together” sessions as well as our afternoon workshops are directly linked to our EYFS policy and the 16 EYFS play types.
EYFS Ofsted-registered

EYFS Ofsted-registered - Your Child Has a Key Person with The Strings Club

  1. At our Holiday Camps EYFS children receive a key person. Parents/carers also receive daily observation notes (“Daily Diaries”) to keep them informed of what their child has been up to that day and how they can support them in their ongoing learning.
  1. Our summer Holiday Camps are a great way to help prepare reception aged children for moving up to Key Stage 1 in September.
  1. Our Holiday Camps help build confidence, teamwork skills and encourage children to make strong relationships with children of all ages at our camps (from 4 to 11 years old).
  1. Seeing a child develop in any capacity is very important to us at The Strings Club. This could be through our:

Daily/weekly progressive programmes that aim to develop children’s musical proficiency alongside instrument playing skills.

⭐Range of workshops that also help with the development of a number of non-musical skills, such as confidence, building strong relationships with new friends, listening, teamwork, and broader ensemble skills.

⭐ Grand End of Term Concert where children can demonstrate what they have achieved and what fun they have had with their new friends.

“Buddy” system ensures younger children are encouraged to feel safe and “at home” with us straight away, building their confidence from the outset.

EYFS Ofsted-registered

EYFS Ofsted-registered Holiday Camps

  1. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We take child protection and safeguarding very seriously. This includes:

⭐ Safer recruitment procedure (all candidates have to complete a rigorous vetting process including at least 2 professional references, an enhanced DBS check, in depth child protection training, and a face-to-face induction)

⭐All team members (including interns) have a regularly checked Enhanced DBS certificate.

⭐ All Holiday Camp visitors are encouraged to read our Visitors Policy on arrival - they must wear a visitor badge and be escorted around the building at all times.

⭐ Our full policies and procedures are available on our website to download as well displayed on our reception desk at each Strings Club Holiday Camp.

  1. We provide opportunities for and encourage continued contact with parents/guardians throughout the day. They can:

Head Office anytime 9am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm during Holiday Camps

⭐Their Holiday Camp Manager throughout the time their child is at the Holiday Camp

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         12.Parents will also receive:

⭐a Daily Newsletter every evening  of the Holiday Camp, detailing what they got up to that day and what is taking place the following day, plus pictures of their child taking part in “Learn Together, Play Together” sessions and workshops

⭐a “Daily Diary” form - with info on how their child has done and what they have been up to!

Find your nearest Holiday Camp below or call our friendly Head Office team on 0121 296 9204.