Arts Play

Arts Play in Bideford was our first service and has been running every school holiday except Christmas for the past 22 years. We have had various sites around the town but have been in Lower Westcroft School for over 10 years.

Arts Play in Barnstaple has been running at Orchard Vale Community School since it opened 13 years ago. This scheme was set up in response to parents making 40 mile trips to access inclusive childcare.

The clubs open Monday to Friday (except bank holidays and Christmas) during school holidays from 8:30am until 6:00pm. The cost for a day is £21 per child.

The clubs cater for children from 4 (in full time education) up to 14 years, or sometimes older if they have additional needs. The hours cover the working day but we can also offer respite singly or with siblings - please discuss with the play leader.

The clubs are Ofsted registered and receive 'good' inspection reports. Being Ofsted registered means that you may be able to claim help with Tax Credits or Housing Benefit.

We have excellent premises that allow plenty of opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to play together in a variety of ways both indoors and outside. During the summer holidays we organise Friday trips to local attractions such as The Milky Way and Arlington Court.

Children need to wear clothes suitable for getting messy, bring wellies for winter and sun protection in summer, and also bring a packed lunch. We provide juice and biscuits throughout the day.

To book, please fill out a registration form and return it to our office. When you know which days you would like, please phone or e-mail our office. Please note that we can accept cancellations before the holiday with a £2 admin fee, but once the holidays have started ALL places must be paid for, even if child is ill or away.

Click on the clubs in the list to see specific details for each club.