Community Arts Network (CAN) is a community interest company (CIC) providing inclusive childcare and promoting the arts to children and young people. As the largest provider of out of school childcare in North Devon, we believe that all children have a right to play, and we work to ensure that children of all abilities can get the most from their time with us. READ MORE ABOUT US

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CAN Play Out-of-School Clubs

These are Ofsted registered out-of-school, term-time clubs.  We have breakfast clubs at Westcroft School in Bideford, and after-school clubs at Westcroft School (with collections from St. Mary's Primary School and East-the-Water Primary School), Pilton Bluecoat Junior School (Barnstaple) and Orchard Vale Community School (Barnstaple).

Registration forms can be downloaded from  HERE

Clubs open from Monday 8th March

Our infection controls  follow school procedures plus:

All club staff have been issued with face masks and Visors. Hand sanitiser on entry to club for all children and staff and hand sanitiser on all activity tables. After School clubs will spend as much time as possible playing outside.  When indoors we ventilate the space as best we can within the school and  will support and encourage children to wear face coverings to help limit the spread of aerosol transmission.  Please ensure your child has a clean face mask in their bag.

Whilst we are still in the current situation with Covid-19 all Parents must sign and return our Parent Agreement  

C.A.N Play Pynes (Westcroft) Breakfast and After School (Westcroft Only)

C.A.N Play Northam St Georges

C.A.N Play Pilton Bluecoat (Junior School only)




Arts Play Holiday Clubs

These are Ofsted registered, inclusive holiday clubs.  We have clubs at Westcroft School in Bideford and Orchard Vale Community School in Barnstaple.  The clubs are open Monday to Friday (except bank holidays and at Christmas) during school holidays from 8:30am to 6:00pm. The clubs cater for children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. READ MORE ABOUT ARTS PLAY


CAN SAY (Specific-needs and Able-bodied Youth) Clubs cater for children and young people over 8 years old with additional needs.  We are currently running one club fortnightly on Saturdays from 2:00pm to 4pm at "Space" Youth centre in Bideford.

The club is currently closed due to Covid 19


I CAN Short Breaks

This service aims to match a child or young person with a specific need to an experienced enabler who can help them access leisure activities in the community and allow families time away from their caring duties.  We also arrange social trips and take small groups in our minibus for adventures such as boat and train trips, bowling and theme parks.

Currently suspended due to Covid 19


Samba Baia

Samba Baia is a community samba band. The band performs mostly at charity events such as Race For Life, Night Walk, Children's Hospice, North Devon Hospice and Cancer Research. Joining the band is free and a perfect way to learn something new, have fun, make new friends and support local charities. Instruments and tuition are supplied, and you don't need to be a musician, but just have a willingness to learn.  READ MORE ABOUT SAMBA BAIA