Clifton College Holiday Club and Activity Courses Parent Guide
Full details about the different age specific Holiday Clubs and Activity Courses including dates, times and registration points can be found online and in our brochure including directions, dates and times.
All bookings must be made in advance, with at least one working days notice. Please be aware we cannot accept children who turn up on the day and are not booked in.
All bookings must be made either online at www.ccsl-cliftoncollege.com or in writing, on a Booking Form, either by post, or in person at CLIFTON COLLEGE SPORTS CENTRE, Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3EZ.
We are unable to accept bookings over the telephone.
FULL PAYMENT must be made at the time of booking. We will not accept children unless payment has been made in advance. Payment is regarded as acceptance of our booking conditions. We accept payment by cheque, cash, credit or debit card and childcare vouchers.
A 10% discount is available for Clifton College pupils attending Kids’ Club, Juniors or Minis Holiday Clubs. There is no discount for any of our activity courses.
Clifton College reserve the right to make changes or rearrangements to the programme in the event of unsuitable weather or other factors which may arise and which are beyond our control. There may be occasions where we have to cancel an activity course due to booking numbers being below the minimum set for that particular course, in which case we will either offer an alternative activity or a full refund.
If you request a booking cancellation more than 7 days in advance then we will offer a credit to the full value of the booking for use on a future holiday programme (to be taken within 6 months).
If we receive a booking cancellation request with less than 7 days notice, then we can only offer a future credit of 50% of the booking cost.
If you give us at least 7 days’ notice before the date(s) you would like to amend, then you will be able to make changes within the same holiday programme, subject to availability, free of charge. If you give us less than 7 days’ notice, we will endeavour to make requested changes within the same holiday programme, subject to a £20 administration charge. However, we are unable to make any changes with less than 48 hours’ notice.
A payment credit will only be given if the Holiday Club Administrator has received at least one working days’ notice of non-attendance, due to sickness or any other acceptable reason. Notification must be received by 12 noon for cancellation of any booking the following day.
Arrival and Departure Arrangements
Please respect our Holiday Club and Activity Course times and deliver and collect your children in line with the published times. Should you need to make arrangements outside of these times then please talk to our Administrator or a Manager well in advance so we can try and accommodate your request although please bear in mind we are likely to be at venues other than the Registration Points once our daily programme commences.
Morning Registration for all Holiday Clubs is at 10.00am and we return to the Registration Points at 4.00pm.
Morning only sessions conclude at 1.00pm unless otherwise stated/agreed. Afternoon only bookers can arrive from 1.00pm as Afternoon Registration takes place at 1.30pm. Activity course times are as published but generally they will Register at 9.45am and conclude at 4.00pm.
Our early service, between 8.00–10.00am and our late service between 4.00–6.00pm is included in the daily price for all Holiday Clubs and Activity Courses.
We must however stress that the very latest time for pick up is 6.00pm. We cannot guarantee staffing levels beyond this finish time and pick up after this will incur an additional charge of £20 regardless of reason. If collection is after 6.00pm we will politely ensure that our procedures are understood and if this occurs more than once for the same child then Senior Management will be informed. Please be aware that if any child has not been collected two hours after our published finish time and we have been unable to contact anyone by telephone, we will call the local social services department who will make arrangements for a social worker to collect the child.
Children must be signed in/out by the accompanying adult, recording the time of arrival/departure on the Register so that we are aware that the child has arrived/left. We will not allow any child to return home unaccompanied or with an unauthorised adult unless we have authorisation. Parents/Carers must provide us with written permission indicating if their child or children are permitted to go home unaccompanied.
Clothing and Belongings
Due to the nature of the activities, we recommend that children do not wear their best or most expensive clothes as we cannot take responsibility for damage to clothing.
We cannot guarantee the return of lost property, but we try to return items that are clearly labelled. For health and safety reasons, lost property will only be carried forward to the next holiday programme when it will be displayed for collection. Any items not collected will then be disposed of.
We also recommend that children do not bring any valuable belongings (game consoles, watches, jewellery etc) or mobile phones, as we cannot be held responsible if they go missing. If a mobile phone is needed on site to contact home, this should be handed to the Holiday Club Coordinator for safe keeping.
We recognise that the needs of individual children vary and will endeavour to accommodate children with additional needs within the Holiday Club and Activity Course environment where we can offer appropriate care within our staffing ratio. We are realistic about the limitations of our environment for children with additional needs and attendance is considered on an individual basis. If English is not a child's first language then it will be important for us to establish that they at least have an understanding of basic instructions for health and safety purposes. Please contact the Holiday Club & Activity Course team prior to booking to discuss any requirements further and to consider what (if any) arrangements can and need to be put in place.
We set ourselves high standards and expect our staff to act professionally at all times and to present themselves as positive role models. In return we have expectations of certain standards of behaviour from children that include:
Showing respect and treating others as they would wish to be treated.
Showing respect for all personal property and the facilities.
Listening to and following instructions from staff members.
Swearing, abusive and hurtful language is not acceptable. Aggressive behaviour or violence will not be tolerated. One individual’s behaviour will not be allowed to endanger others in the group.
Please be aware of these standards and support action taken by staff to encourage good behaviour. We expect parents to inform us of any potential behaviour issues that would help us to deal with situations in a positive manner.
We will not tolerate any form of bullying. If a child feels that they are being subjected to bullying then they are encouraged to report this to staff members. The relevant Manager will be informed immediately and discussions will take place with the individuals concerned as soon as practical. All reported cases will be dealt with sensitively and fairly and appropriate decisions will be taken in full consultation with all parties.
Quality & Safety
All our Holiday Clubs and Activity Courses operate in safe and secure environments. With over 15 years
experience, we have an exemplary health and safety history and child safety is our priority. Our staff, tutors and coaches are all suitably qualified for the roles they undertake and we operate a comprehensive staff training programme that includes:
Safeguarding / First Aid / Fire and Evacuation Procedures / Equipment Safety
Staff members are appointed following the College’s selection procedures that include a personal interview and take up of references. All staff, tutors and coaches complete satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service
(DBS) enhanced disclosures.
All of the information in our brochure and on our website is correct at time of publication. Changes may occur and, if so, we will advise parents via email as quickly as possible. Activity programmes are subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions and occasionally we may have to cancel a course due to low take up of places.
All children will be covered under our Public Liability Insurance while they are with us.
In the event of an accident, first aid will be administered to children by our staff and the emergency services will be called if necessary UNLESS WE ARE TOLD OTHERWISE at the time of booking.
Please be aware our 25m indoor swimming pool has a depth ranging from 0.9m to 2.0m. It is not a walk in style leisure pool and entry/exit is via steps at each corner. If you require further information regarding our swimming sessions then please do not hesitate to ask at time of booking. We have a very comprehensive swimming policy. Each child’s swimming ability is assessed on their first day of each holiday. This enables us to determine which areas of the swimming pool they can use. The information provided by parents is used as a guide only.
Children who are five years old may swim without armbands or other floatation aids when a parent/carer signs a Consent Form. Five year olds are only permitted to swim (with or without swim aids) within the designated shallow end section of the pool (0.9m-1.1m). Further details of our swimming policy is available on request.
No child will be admitted to any Holiday Club or Activity Course if they are showing any signs of illness or infection on arrival and the relevant Manager or Coordinator will discuss any actions with the accompanying adult. All children who are ill or infectious should not attend for the full duration of their ailment, and for 48 hours after the last symptom occurs particularly any child who has suffered a bout of diarrhoea or sickness.
If you are unsure whether a child may attend please call us on 0117 315 7666 to discuss. Parents/carers are ultimately responsible for determining their child's ability to actively participate in the daily activities. While we sympathise with the needs of each parent, we must provide a healthy environment for other children and staff. A sick child often needs special, one-to-one attention and it is difficult for staff/tutors to take time away to devote special attention.
Clifton College Holiday Club and Activity Courses is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all children, regardless of their gender, ability, race or religion. Each child attending is of equal value and is entitled to equal access of opportunity. Education and understanding of other people's needs and backgrounds will be fostered to promote positive behaviour and attitudes. Discriminating behaviour, attitudes and comments will be challenged. We will regularly review our policy and amend it where necessary. We have legal obligations in relation to Safeguarding. As a caring organisation, any suggestion of abuse or neglect will be investigated and reported to the relevant authorities and agencies.
Concerns and Complaints
Our staff team are trained to process your comments and pass them on to the appropriate individual who will endeavour to respond within 24 hours.
All complaints, however serious, should always be referred to the Holiday Club and Activity Course Manager. If this route of communication is not appropriate then please contact the General Manager on 0117 315 7664.
If necessary, complaints will be further investigated and a verbal or written reply will be returned to the complainant within 7 working days. A record of complaints is maintained. Full details will be recorded on our database including any subsequent details, action taken and whether the complaint is complete. Where appropriate, any investigations will be undertaken in accordance with the principle that the welfare of the child is safeguarded and promoted. If the complainant considers the response to be unsatisfactory then they will be asked to put all details in writing so that further consideration can be given and a written response provided within 28 days detailing any investigation findings and action taken. If another external agency such as police or inspection authority investigates, we will consult on how to proceed and the complainant informed of progress.
We recommend that all children bring a sun hat/cap for protection against the sun. Sun cream, in a named plastic bag, can also be brought and given to the registration staff on arrival. Children in Kids’ Club will be reminded to apply their sun cream at regular intervals. For children in Kids’ Club, Juniors and Minis, we will help to apply their cream as required, UNLESS WE ARE TOLD OTHERWISE at the time of booking.
Please be aware that we occasionally take photographs/videos of children for our promotional material including our website and publication in future brochures. Children may also like to take photographs of each other to remember their time with us. Please advise our Holiday Club Administrator when you book if you have any objections.