21 Jul

Arts Play – Summer 17

Arts Play is open from 8.30 – 6.00 Monday – Friday 24th July till 1 September (but not Bank Holiday Monday 28th Aug).

Orchard Vale has a lovely new hall floor. So back there for summer.

Westcroft Nursery is having major work over summer so not safe for us to be there. Luckily St Mary’s School, Chanters Road, Bideford EX39 2QN are happy to have us back. We did enjoy their lovely outdoor areas over last summer. So thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone who put tokens in the Tesco Bags of Help we were awarded £1,000 towards buying essential equipment for our Allotment. As we will not be near enough to the site to visit everyday during the holidays are plans for growing more vegetables will have to be postponed until the new term.

Please book as early as possible especially if your child needs extra support. Please remember that if you book a place that you can cancel before the holiday. Once the holiday starts all bookings must be paid for.

What they need to bring
Hopefully we will be having lots of hot weather so please make sure that children bring hats and sunscreen and spare clothes and towel if we have water fights/games. In Barnstaple, we have Whiddon Woods and stream behind the school so wellies and spare clothes so we can go there.

Please dress them in old clothes that are suitable for getting dirty and running around in.

They will also need a packed lunch. We provide juice and biscuits as snack.

We go on trips for a few reasons: summer holidays are long and it breaks up the weeks having a trip planned; if you are working parent don’t always have time to take children out; children learn about things we couldn’t do at our base. We have developed a way of doing trips and knowing what activities are suitable for our age and ability groups from 23 years experience. This includes making sure activity has enough variety for all ages and abilities; having children wear neon wristbands that can be seen in ball pools etc; having coaches with safety belts; working with small groups with at least 2 adults to maintain suitable ratio; having constant head counts. We do not take any money for shops, ice cream etc. The additional costs for the trip help towards coach, entrance fees, extra staff but with the discounts we get from being in a group offer good value. (looking at last year and prices have risen between £1 – £5) You will be given a specific sheet about each trip that needs to be signed by parent/carer.
We can not accept children on these Fridays who are not booked for the trip.

Friday 4th August Wislandpound Day
This is a local lake and nature trail that has been made wheelchair accessible and used by the Calvert Trust. We are hoping to have a Ranger to do bushcraft and natural art workshops. Cost for the day £35.

Friday 11th August Crealy Devon
This has the big thrills of rollercoasters, log flumes and indoor play areas, but also rides for little ones, animals and train rides. Cost of the day £46.

Friday 18th August Arlington Court
Back by demand of the children who enjoy being victorian ladies and gents in the house in the morning and then being a tribe of very muddy children in the afternoon. Cost for the day £30.

Friday 25th August Watermouth Castle
There are so many little areas to dip into from the magical water fountain to the maze plenty to do all day. Cost for the day £38.

Friday 1st September Milky Way
Our traditional last day of the holidays visit to this adventure park. Great time had by all come rain or shine. Cost for the day £36.

Staff News
CAN is committed to having a well trained team of play workers. Liam Cowley and Tasmin Sargeant are currently undertaking their Level 3 apprenticeship in Playwork and Kee – Lee O’Sullivan has passed her second year of her Foundation degree in Early Years – well done.
We are welcoming 3 new members to the summer team Shannon Howell, Natalie Curtis and Kirsty Pilling for the summer.

Social Media
We have a Facebook page: CAN Play. On Twitter look for: Mary CAN Play . After talking to a teacher about trips how useful to be able to tweet that we are stuck in traffic and will be late or bring waterproofs etc etc.

We always need stuff! Things like old barbies that are no longer played with or cars are all useful. We could also do with material – old sheets curtains for dens, or stuff for our dressing up boxes.

Kind regards Mary and Athos