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Holiday clubs - all you need to know!

The Outdoors Project have locations across the UK. After reading this general information about our holiday clubs, please find your nearest location from our homepage for local activty schedules, prices and to make a booking.

WATCH THIS SPACE! - Whitsun half term holiday clubs are booking up fast, & our Summer holiday clubs have started going on sale at some locations, and will be on sale at all locations across the UK very soon! Please sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear when clubs go on sale.

At our holiday clubs, we can really get stuck into our most immersive and exciting activities. We know it can be daunting for children to spend a whole day with new people, that’s why we always ensure they get a warm welcome and that we get fun and simple team games running straight away. Watching children’s confidence grow and new friendships form during our holiday clubs is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do.

We have a great range of entertaining activities planned each holiday.

Our clubs are Ofsted registered and accept childcare vouchers as payment. Unfortunately, St Albans, Nottingham West and Havering (our new, 2022 franchises) are awaiting their Ofsted registration documents, and therefore can not currently accept childcare vouchers yet - any day now...so please keep in touch.

AGE: We welcome all primary school aged children (Year 1 to Year 6). The Outdoors Project is on the compulsory & voluntary Ofsted childcare registers but not on the early years register, which is for those caring for children from birth until 31st August after their 5th birthday. This is the reason we can only welcome children from Year 1 upwards. If your child is 5 but in reception, unfortunately they are too young. We would love to welcome your child to our clubs in future though!

We recommend age 6+ for our NERF activity days, due to the more competitive nature of the activities.

TO BOOK: Book and pay online. A confirmation email with full details of your booking will be sent to you. You can book for just one day or for the full week.

WHAT WE DO: We're all about playing outdoors, whatever the weather; being silly, having fun, making new friends and learning some new skills! Every day is different. We run specific activities in small groups throughout the day. These always include games, and also focus on learning new skills, communicating, making, playing & creating memories. We support a non-competitive environment, with a range of activities throughout the holidays to suit everyone - from the quiet and methodical to the louder and livelier. We encourage a supportive and happy environment where the children can build friendships, succeed at new tasks and feel relaxed in a green, open space. We encourage physical, outdoor exercise throughout our gameplay to promote health and wellbeing.

A TYPICAL DAY (for the kids):

  • Clubs run from 10am - 3pm (we do not offer an early drop off or a late pickup service)
  • On arrival, your adult will need to sign you in with the leader. We can check your emergency contact details and any allergies or additional needs to make sure your day with us is safe and fun (we will see this in advance from our register too)
  • Once signed in, you’ll put your lunch in the designated area, wash hands, and the children will join the instructors to play games in a group whilst the rest of the children are signed in
  • We'll introduce ourselves and tell you all about the plans for the day
  • The children will be split into smaller groups for the day and will be asked if they’d like to switch groups to be with friends/siblings
  • The instructors will stay with the group for the day, moving from activity to activity
  • There will be water, hand-washing and toilet breaks throughout the day
  • We run three small activities per day, based around a theme, divided by a snack break (late morning) and a lunch break (early afternoon)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?

  • A morning snack, a pack lunch & a water bottle
  • Sturdy shoes - no flip flops please! Wellies are encouraged in autumn & winter
  • Appropriate clothing for the season/weather - waterproofs, warm clothes, hats & gloves... or sun cream & a sun hat! (we have sun cream available on site too). Oh, and pack a sense of adventure!

FIRST TIME WITH US? It's normal to be a little nervous on your first day but trust us when we say everyone who comes has SO MUCH FUN! All our instructors are really kind and friendly and they are there to make sure you have a good time - come rain or shine, or if you're struggling to join in. They love to show you how to join in and will make sure to introduce you to new friends.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: We love to accommodate everyone but please do make sure to check the activity for the day prior to booking and that it's a good fit for your child, to get the most out of the day. Once with us, they will be expected and encouraged to participate in the planned activity all day, so to avoid any disappointment, please consider the activity you are booking them on is a good fit.

FOOD POLICY: Children will eat lunch in their groups. We ask children not to share lunches due to possible allergies within the group. Our gazebos are set up for the children to sit with the instructors and their friends for lunch. Children will be encouraged to eat their lunch at a sensible rate and what is comfortable for them. When our activity involves cooking on the campfire, we always provide alternatives for allergies and dietary requirements. You can note allergies or other dietary requirements when making your booking. Please alert the leader of any further information or required medicine regarding this when signing in.

HOME TIME: At the end of the day the children will be asked not to leave until they have been signed out to the pickup person named on the register (any last-minute changes to pick up, please do let us know or we may need to contact the named person before the child is released from our care). Please also ensure that the children take all their belonging's home with them.

STAFF: All our staff are DBS checked, safeguard trained and we have first aid trained instructors at every club. Click on 'Meet the Team' if you'd like to take a look! All holiday clubs will have a folder at sign in for information, like Ofsted registrations, insurance and instructor information, if you wish to take a look.

HOW DO I BOOK & PAY? You can do this on our website. Hit the BOOK NOW button and follow the steps to register for the club and pay online. A confirmation email with full details of your booking will be sent to you.

'ROAM' CLUB T-SHIRTS: We have our special club member T-shirts available to buy! Please email to enquire about purchasing . These are great for sewing our patches onto! 

SEN CHILDREN: We are an inclusive club and fully promote the many benefits of time spent outdoors for all children. We do participate in organised activities and can operate a ratio of 1 instructor to 10 children during holiday clubs. If your child has additional needs, please do get in touch and we'd be happy to discuss further to advise whether the holiday club environment is the right fit. If your child receives one to one support at school, please contact us before booking so we can look at whether we can offer the support required.

 

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WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY -

It's childcare during the holidays that they really want to go to!

My daughter has been twice so far this half term and she absolutely loves it!!! Wants to go every school holiday! Lovely people running it and varied activities. She's completely knackered at the end of the day and that alone is worth the money! Will be booking again, 100%

It’s outside, always, and involves no tech. They always come back with big grins, rosy cheeks, and a sense of fulfillment having crafted something with their own hands.

Best holiday club around.

The staff are very engaged and the most enthusiastic of all the holiday clubs we've tried!

Cannot recommend The Outdoors Project enough! My son loved it and asked if he can go on weekend as well !?

The variety of activities on offer is great. The staff are fantastic- enthusiastic, knowledgeable and in control. Doing outdoors physical activity has so many health & wellbeing benefits for my son.

I value The Outdoors Project because it is one of the only clubs my son asks to go to. It is superb because he is excited to go and would go most days if he could. It takes away some of the guilt about having to put your kids in holidays clubs because you are work, as he would choose to go if possible most days of the year!

It’s Amazing! Social skills, leadership , always different themes, learn to be an individual!! "Best day of my life" according to my 6 year old son! Thumbs up from us!

It is fun and allows children to develop skills for life through teamwork, challenging themselves and taking risks. The staff are very encouraging and treat the children as individuals and get the best out of them.

Really nice staff, who clearly do the job because they enjoy it, and getting my child to socialise with different people, doing different activities than he normally would. Usually it's quite hard to get him to put down a book and go outside, but he really enjoys outdoors project.

My son loves the Outdoors Project! He is usually shy and reluctant to try new things but always has fun at the outdoors project. Infact, I think it is giving him a lot of confidence socially.

My kids love that it’s different to any other club. Whilst being active it is not a sports club and they love being outdoors and able to get dirty and muddy in a safe environment.

My daughter is always happy to attend and although she doesn’t always tell me what she’s been doing, it always comes out in her play!

The children have loads of fun being outside in all weathers and come back with a big smile on their faces My son loves to play and be outside, he is always calmer and more centered after outdoors project

It is fun and allows children to develop skills for life through teamwork, challenging themselves and taking risks. The staff are very encouraging and treat the children as individuals and get the best out of them.

I love how the kids are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in order to have fun. Isla always comes away having learnt something and even if it’s been raining solid for 5 hours she’s blissfully happy!

The admin team is well organised, strong communication, passion and belief in the job. All the staff are really professional and naturally friendly with the children, and obviously passionate about their work.

Confidence-building fun, loads of exercise and fresh air, teamwork emphasis and the much documented benefits of time spent in nature for mental health. What's not to love?

My daughter always comes out of the session happy excited and having done something new, she also enjoys the games The staff are all enthusiastic and energetic - don't know how they do it!

I love the holiday club themes are different daily and the venues are all easy to get to! My son loves that he gets to run around and play outside the whole day!

Just keep doing what you are doing, because we have a very happy son and therefore very happy parents. 100% of parents who answered our survey would recommend The Outdoors Project to other parents 

Cannot recommend them enough! My son loved it and asked if he can go on weekend as well !?

Just returned from a day with the project and I am so pleased with the activities, staff, group size, well - every thing! I was fortunate enough to win the places but I will most definitely be taking the children again. Thanks guys, what you do and how you do it is awesome.

"Best day of my life" according to my 6 year old son! Thumbs up from us!

Someone else takes your kids out to get muddy and exhausted. What's not to like?