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Holiday Camp FAQs

Instrument hire is completely free of charge at all of our Holiday Camps.

We are unable to make any changes to your booking if we have been given less than 24 hours notice, and no refund will be issued. If you have given The Strings Club at least 48 hours notice before the date(s) you would like to cancel, we will refund you all monies paid and there will be no fee. If you have given The Strings Club less than 48 hours notice before the date(s) you would like to cancel, we regret to inform you that no refund is available expect in the case of illness/injury. All claims should be supported by a doctor’s note in order to obtain a refund. For more information, please refer to our Holiday Camp – Terms and Conditions.

If you know that your child is going to miss a session please get in touch with us.  If we are informed within 48hrs prior to the session we will be able to release their space and either transfer your booking to a future date or provide you with a credit note. If we are informed with less than 48hrs notice this may not be possible.

Before joining our Holiday Camp, you’ll receive a detailed, downloadable ‘Parent Info Guide’ designed to ensure that your child is fully prepared to have their time of their lives with us! It’s packed full of all the information you need before joining us, including details of what to bring.

We have a fantastic week of music-making, workshops and activities planned and a detailed Holiday Camp Timetable that will be distributed in advance so you can see exactly what your little one will be up to each day! You will also be given your specific Holiday Camp Managers mobile number to check in.

Throughout your week, you will also receive a daily newsletter including details on the weekly programme, exclusive offers and what the next day will involve. You can also see what your child will achieve with us here.

Being EYFS Ofsted Registered ensures our standard are kept to a high level by having our Holiday Camps regulated and inspected by Ofsted frequently. We achieve this by:

  • Our team member:child ratio meets and exceeds Ofsted ratios
  • We are passionate about bringing music education to everybody and this includes children as young as 4. We believe children of this age should start learning an instrument as they are susceptible to learning, especially through our fun-filled, high-quality provision.
  • Our progressive programmes that aim to develop your child’s musical proficiency, life skills as well as love for music! With our Grand Concert where your child can demonstrate what they have achieved and what fun they have had with their new friends
  • Our range of workshops that help nurture a variety of skills from dance to musical theatre to creative arts to knowledge of music to ensemble playing

For further information on what being EYFS Ofsted Registered, please see here.

Each Holiday Camp ends with a grand concert (Friday 3.15pm) – so your child and their new friends can proudly show you what they’ve learnt! By the end of their time with us, your child will have experienced wonderful musical adventures, made new friends, and developed skills for life.

We currently accept Childcare Vouchers from a range of providers for our Holiday Camps – visit our Ways to Save page for a full list. If your Childcare Voucher provider is not listed please give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Of course! Our Holiday Camps are very flexible – you can book for anywhere from half a day through to the full week. We recommend that you don’t book for a Friday only as the children will be unable to participate in our Grand Concert as they will have not learnt the chosen piece during the week in our Learn Together, Play Together sessions.

Absolutely not – our course leaders are experienced at teaching lessons to a range of ages and abilities. Where we have lots of children with prior experience we will run an Intermediate Ensemble.

Absolutely not – we are the perfect introduction to an instrument for the first time! We find that lots of parents ‘try’ our Holiday Camps to see whether the instrument is a good fit for their child before to committing to regular lessons.

We recommend that those that are 4-5yrs old learn our ukulele. It’s a much easier and lighter instrument for the children to hold. The size of the ukulele is better suited for them as well. However, we do offer the violin for those aged 4-5yrs old at our weekly Term Time Courses – for more info, please click here.

Please send your child with a snack for the break times, packed lunch, resealable & refillable water bottle, and weather appropriate clothing for playing outside.

Every child can be provided with an instrument free of charge where they are booked on for a Learn Together, Play Together session. However, if your child already plays an instrument we recommend that they bring and use their own.

We open at 08:00 each day for our Early Bird club -the perfect start to the day as it gives your child the opportunity to choose what they would like to do – think board games, arts and crafts, lego, selection of books, musical activities.

We kick every day off with our “Welcome and Music Games Session” – the perfect introduction for new faces and returning children alike! It’s an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, settle in, and for any new faces to find a buddy.

We then split off into groups for our Learn Together, Play Together sessions where children will have 2 x 45min sessions on their chosen instrument. For beginners in Reception, and Pre-Reception during the Summer Holidays, there is the ukulele. For children in Years 1-6 we offer the violin or guitar, depending on the Holiday Camp running.

In between these we’ll have a 30min break for a snack and some time outside to ensure your little one gets to run around, grab some fresh aire and play with their new friends. We then have a full hour for lunch. We ensure all of our team encourage children to eat all their lunch and in a sensible order.

After lunch we come together as a camp for a workshop – the workshop schedule for the rest of the week varies from camp to camp­. No two days are the same! Our workshops explore our carefully-created range of ten music-based workshops – please see here for a full list. Each workshop has been designed by a qualified teacher to inspire your child and develop personal skills such as focus, teamwork and making new friends.

Each Holiday Camp ends with a grand concert (Friday 3.15pm) – so your child and their new friends can proudly show you what they’ve learnt! By the end of their time with us, your child will have experienced wonderful musical adventures, made new friends, and developed skills for life. See what your child will achieve with us here.

We then have our Late Club which is another session of free play that runs until 17:45 ensuring that your little one is inspired right up until the last minute!

It varies from camp to camp, but we accept children in Reception right through to Year 6. For children that are in Pre-Reception, they are unable to join us throughout the year however they are more than welcome to join us at our Summer Holiday Camps a month before they begin school. It’s a great stepping stone ahead of their first term in a school environment.

Until then we recommend one of our partners, the award-winning pre-school music organisation Rhythm Time. They offer weekly classes for young babies, older babies, toddlers and preschoolers, Rhythm Time are perfectly placed to start every child’s musical journey before joining The Strings Club at age 4. To read more about our partnership, please click here.

Our ratio is 1 adult for every 10 children, which is substantially above the minimum requirements for Ofsted, so we can deliver the best possible experience. This is a mixture of a pastoral team (Holiday Camp Manager & Holiday Camp Assistants) and the Course Leaders. There is always at least one paediatric first aider, typically the Holiday Camp Manager, on site at all times. For more information on our Safer Recruitment Process for all team members working for us, please click here.

It varies from camp to camp, but c.6-15 depending on the holiday/location/day. Where there are more than 10 in a group we ensure a member of our pastoral team (Holiday Camp Manager & Holiday Camp Assistants) are available to help. For more information on our Holiday Camp ratios, please see below.

It varies from camp to camp, but c.25-40 depending on the holiday/location/day.

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