North Downs Kidz

North Downs Kidz is an after school club and holiday play scheme based in Culverstone Green Primary

Operating as usual

24/02/2021

An email has been sent out to all parents today, please ensure that you check your emails and make us aware of any changes if you need to.
We are still waiting on a response from school in relation to the conditions of our return and will update if the predicted return date needs to change. Thank you for all your support and patience with the setting over the last year. We know how challenging this situation has been for many of you and we are usually able to be there during difficult times. Hopefully we can continue to move forward to better days 😊

19/02/2021

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, just sorry to have no news to share other then we are waiting for news about schools returning. We hope to bring some good news next week once announcements are made.
Until then we ask that you bare with us.
As a team we have gone through so much this year with many changes. We hope that all our families are doing okay. This lockdown has been tougher! Really proud of my team and how they have adapted.
Julie Ryan Danielle Mole Charlotte Loe Alexandra Calver and Hope x❤️

Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families 01/02/2021

Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families

Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families With children now back at school, parents and carers may be looking for activities to try at home with their children after school or at the weekend. We’ve pulled together a list of recommended resources for families from some of our trusted partner organisations.

31/12/2020

Please be assured that I am working on things and will be sending a series of emails out across the weekend in relation to any possible phased return.
As I work in partnership with the school I am currently waiting on a response from them. I appreciate that some of you are anxious if you are key workers.

27/10/2020

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24/10/2020

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18/07/2020

We are beginning our journey to return to after school club. Things will look very different but I want to reassure everyone that we are still here and will be opening our doors to the children on 14th September
Our parents will receive emails in the next week regarding our return
If you need after school care and your child attend Culverstone School please make contact as places will be very limited from September

28/04/2020

There’s a lot of worry out there at the moment about when schools will go back. I’m not sure if this worry is for education or for a need to return to work however wanted to share examples of how play can support learning so parent can stop being so very hard on themselves. Over the years I have planned and delivers 16 play schemes, occupying up to 40 children per day across 3-6 weeks of the summer.
Every day is different and a new learning opportunity. I wanted to share some of the things we did with you all in case you need some ideas:
Week 1
1) Exploring the world via different activities and stamping our passports along the way. We tasted different foods tried to learn words in different languages, did competitions for the best drawing of a national flag, finding out where animals live.
2) Dinosaur day- Painting dinosaur eggs talking about colours, digging for fossils and somehow learning what a fossil is, writing down as many dinosaur names that we can spell and more! (Art, maths, English and much more)
3) How to train your dragon- Team work challenges to build dens, a dragons lair challenge to silently creep in and collect dragons gold in stealth mode without getting caught (maths, PE its all in there plus asking questions such as aren’t dragons real?.....personal joke, don’t ask!)
4) The big kids club bake off day- baking scones, cakes and biscuits. Lots of maths and science in that day and the children didn’t even know it)
5) The mad professor day- Melting ice, potion making, growing crystals (lots of maths and science all day long and the children didn’t even know it)
Week 2
1) Cowboys of the Wild West- Okay so we didn’t have real horses but we could still practice to be one. Hoopla games, making camp for the night, campfire singing and looking at American History too (just maybe leaving out the stage coach hold ups and Billy the Kid) (History and Geography here)
2) The Borrowers day -Who knows the book about the Borrower? Reading from it, a giant obstacle course called please don’t wake up the baby, learning about big and small. (English, Art, PE, plus social skills)
3) Board games and old fashioned fun day- Hop scotch, jacks, french elastic, two balls up the wall, marbles (supervised), Conkers, patience, what’s the time mister wolf and loads more (eeekkk supervised lol). NO TECH ALLOWED TODAY
4) Welcome to the big top- A circus adventure including face painting each other, learning tricks, juggling, finding out what animals used to be in a circus and more. We sold tickets to the event and the children made their own pop corn. (Maths, English, Social skills)
5) All the fun at the fair- The kids made their own games for others to play, learning to manage money by pricing up charges for games, entry etc, Designing posters to advertise the fair, making tickets for tokens, making food and drinks for the food stall which children then sold. (Maths, Art, English)

Even if its just 1 child and 1 adult you can still have these themes and use whatever you have in the house! We work sometimes with limited resources and use junk really to make things..............good luck!

23/04/2020

Hoping everyone is staying safe and the children are all well. Let us know what you have been doing.
We are keeping our eyes on official news updates and I will email all parents as the need arises in relation to any changes on our current closure circumstances.
Can I please ask parents who are friends with others whose children attend club invite them to our parent group as not all parents have joined, Many thanks x

22/03/2020

Wishing all our mums a very happy Mother’s Day, hold your children close and remember what matters. As the girls have got older I have always asked them to make me gifts......I missed the ones they used to bring home from school. So I’m currently waiting for my teenagers to appear from their caves to present me with some home made delights.

21/03/2020

If anyone has Lego at home

PLAY FOR TODAY
As we all spend a bit more time indoors we'll be posting play ideas to keep your kids busy. How about this for starters.

21/03/2020

We hope to welcome you back to our club soon. We will miss all our children and their families and are wishing you all well across the next few months. I know that this is a very hard time for us all whether it be medically or financially, please keep in touch with us via this page! If there are parents who are not yet part of our facebook parents group I will be adding you. Can any parent who is already a member please invite those who are not. This will enable me to provide any updates if and when I need to. Take care of your selves and your loved ones. Love the North downs Kidz team # # #

02/03/2020

Public health advice notice for our parents

05/04/2019

E safety is a topic at after school club next term. Some information for parents will be available but for now please have a read.

27/03/2019

North Downs Kidz based within Culverstone school is recruiting. We are looking for someone to join our team within our after school club. The post is for 15 hours a week, 3-6pm, term time only.
You should ideally be a qualified practitioner holding a play work, teaching assistant or early years qualifications at level 2 or 3. However not essential as full training can be offered to the right person.
To enquire email [email protected] and an application pack can be emailed
Closing date is Friday 14th April 19

13/07/2018

We are currently still taking bookings for the Summer Holiday Club
Bookings will close on the 20th July 2018

Contact us at [email protected] to check availability as some dates are almost full.

Please share with parents who may need childcare during the summer.

06/07/2018

Year six parents we will be holding a leavers event for our children on Tuesday 24th July. If you would like to join us for a soft drink you are more then welcome from 4:30pm

06/07/2018

Just to confirm that our last day of term will be Tuesday 24th July due to school closing earlier on the Wednesday 25th July
Thank you and sorry for any issues this causes for anyone

05/07/2018

North downs kidz is looking for a new team member to join them in September 18
A childcare qualification is desirable however not essential
Hours negotiable, full training provided, subject to clear references, a police check and completion of induction and probationary period
To enquire please email [email protected]

27/04/2018

North Downs Kidz

Sophie Taylor we love you x
Nikki BintAlexandra Calver

Well this term is emotional for me on so many different levels. We came through an Ofsted inspection smiling, we are getting ready to wish our year 6 children luck in their new adventures but most of all we are saying goodbye to a member of our kids club family.

Sophie we will miss you so much at club, we cant believe how quickly the time has flown and wish you so much luck in your new job.......your new team are so lucky to be gaining you as a colleague.

Lots of love....its not goodbye but see you soon. Ours doors are always open to family # # #

27/04/2018

Well this term is emotional for me on so many different levels. We came through an Ofsted inspection smiling, we are getting ready to wish our year 6 children luck in their new adventures but most of all we are saying goodbye to a member of our kids club family.

Sophie we will miss you so much at club, we cant believe how quickly the time has flown and wish you so much luck in your new job.......your new team are so lucky to be gaining you as a colleague.

Lots of love....its not goodbye but see you soon. Ours doors are always open to family # # #

16/01/2018

February Break

Our holiday play scheme will be running this half term Monday 12th Feb to Thursday 15th Feb. Booking forms are available in school or on our website

www.northdownskidz.com The Holiday pay scheme will be open 8am to 6pm from Monday 12th February to Thursday 15th February with numbers permitting ​To book in visit the booking information page to download a booking...

11/12/2017

Im just advising all parents that after school club will close at 5pm today. Heavy snowfall is expected between 1 and 4pm. The roads surrounding school become dangerous in this kind of weather, especially heading down towards Wrotham. If anything changes and we need to close earlier I will update this status

10/09/2017

PARENT INFORMATION Collection from after school club. Please use the entrance to the left of the bus stop. Come in through the pedestrian door and when you reach the blue door at the end of the pathway please call 07866 984879. We will be putting in a door bell however this has not been completed as yet. A member of staff will greet come and let you in and show you the internal route to the club.

20/06/2017

Water fight tonight guess who got the wettest!

12/05/2017

We will be open this half term from Tuesday to Friday 8-6pm
Various booking types available
Some days limited numbers
Call 07758007842 or email [email protected] to book you place

12/03/2016

We will be open this Easter from Monday 4th April- Thursday 7th April. Booking forms can be downloaded from our website www.northdownskidz.com

09/02/2016

I will be attempting to keep you all updated on what is happening in club via our page
Please be reminded that you can also visit our website for information
This week so far we have been celebrating Chinese New Year and pancake day.......yum
We are hoping to make treats for Valentine's Day also this week

09/02/2016

Reminder to all parents that we are open Monday Tuesday and Wednesday of half term
Closed Thursday and Friday
If anyone needs to book in we still have some spaces however they are limited so please book ASAP

04/08/2015

Having fun this summer
😃☺️

10/04/2015

North Downs Kidz is open this Easter from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th 8am to 6pm. Various booking types available to suit any budget. We currently have spaces on Tuesday and Thursday with limited space on Wednesday

10/07/2013

HI
North Downs kids are recruiting play workers to start this September so if you know of anyone looking for work who has a childcare, playwork or STL qualification at level 2 or 3 pass on our details. [email protected]
We are also have a space for a 17 to 20 year old looking to do an apprenticeship at level 2 or 3 to start in September/october
Thanks
Michala Loe

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