Welcome to the BDCA After School Club

Updated 9th September 2020


BDCA After school club is now open! We are running a limited service in line with gov.uk out of school guidelines, however, our team have been working really hard to get everything in place to welcome back the children… some new faces and some older…we’re really excited to see them!

We’d like to let you know some of the measures we have put in place to keep our environment safe (yet still fun!)  

  • We are currently only collecting from 3 local schools currently- St Michaels. Vicarage and Central Park. 

  • We are only collecting a maximum of 15 children per school (some spaces still available)  

  • Each child will have their temperature taken upon collection at their school. If a child presents a fever or any other obvious symptoms of sickness, then we will ask the school to isolate the child via their procedure and contact parents/carers to collect the child. We will do this in a sensitive and discreet way to avoid any stress or upset to your child. Staff will also have daily temperature checks upon arrival. 

  • Upon arrival at the setting, children will be asked to wash their hands and regular handwashing will be encouraged. 

  • We will have hand sanitiser stations upon entry and exit zones as well as within the ‘bubble groups’ 

  • Each school will have their own designated ‘bubble space’ in accordance to www.gov.uk Out of school guidance. Each ‘bubble space’ will have designated members of staff and a ‘bubble only’ route to the toilet. 

  • Each ‘bubble space’ will have 2 toilets for the Children to use. 

  • Children will be given food in individual containers to eat upon arrival in their ‘bubble space’, and staff preparing food will be wearing a visor and gloves. Seating will be spaced 1 metre apart. 

  • Activities will be planned ensuring that sharing of resources is limited and resources and toys that are touched and shared will be cleaned with anti viral disinfectant at the end of each day, as well as all surrounding areas used. Each ‘bubble space’ will have their own set of toys and resources that won’t be shared between other bubbles. 

  • Each child will have their own personalised stationary pack of all the essentials they need. 

  • Games on our field are planned to keep children within their bubble group, although some interaction from some significant distance apart with children from other bubble groups will be in place at times.  

  • Parents will not be able to gain access to our building upon collecting your child. We have a new video doorbell in place in which you can speak to our manager directly and she will bring your child and their belongings out to you directly.  

  • There is a strict cleaning regime put in place before the session starts and afterwards which ensures that all areas, touch points and surfaces are cleaned thoroughly with anti viral disinfectant.  

 What do we require from parents?

  • If your child is sick, please do not let them attend. 

  • If your child or a member of your household need to isolate due to any symptoms of Covid 19, please inform our manager. Our building will have a QR code in partnership with NHS test and trace that you can scan as you approach our building.  

  • If there is an outbreak of Covid 19 within one of the ‘bubbles’ we may need to cease our service for an isolation period.  

  • Please provide your child with a refillable water bottle to be kept on site. 

  • We need you to book your child’s place one week in advance and make payment. This ensures that we keep a strict regime with the school bubbles and capacity within our building.  

  • Please pay via bank transfer rather than cash.  

  • We are currently unable to offer the service of collecting Children from any extra curriculum classes attended at their school after 3.15pm.  

  • There may be a longer waiting period than usual in collecting your Child. Please bear with us, and observe the 2m social distance spaces at our entrance. 

  • Staff will do their upmost best to keep children from each bubble group separate on the field; however we do ask a level of understanding that despite strict measures put in place, we cannot guarantee Children will not try to mix with each other, as it may have been a long time since they have seen their friends!   


Overview of services

BDCA After School Club 

Finding affordable childcare is a big stress factor for many families so local charity Bonny Downs Community Association offers a high quality, low cost after school and holiday club service.


Our staff collect children between 4½ - 11 years from local primary schools and bring them to our site in East Ham where they enjoy a structured programme of activities including: homework support, craft, creative workshops, outdoor play, trips and a healthy snack from 3-6pm. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and fun environment where children can feel at home and make new friends.


As of Monday 7June 2021, we will be increasing our daily fee by £1.50 per Child per day. This means that the daily After School Club fee will increase to £15.50 per day and the weekly fee will increase to £67.50 per week. This includes the school pick up and a healthy snack. We also offer sibling discounts and give 10% off of the second child's weekly charge.

Holiday care


We also provide an extended holiday childcare service from 8am-6pm during some of the school breaks so children can enjoy a ‘holiday at home’ and stay safely supervised while their parent/carers are at work.

We will be providing a holiday care service this spring half term from Tuesday 1 June- Friday 4 June. The price for this week remains at £20 per day or £90 per week. However as of July 19 2021, holiday care fees will increase to £21.50 per day or £97.50 per week.



BDCA After School Club is an Ofsted registered Early Years Centre number EY492256. Comments from our OFSTED inspector (February 2018) included:

“Children learn about the world around them and are encouraged to care for others... Staff talk to parents every day and keep them updated with written information... Staff have good relationships with children. Children are happy and independent.” Click here to read their report.


Effectiveness of the leadership and management = GOOD.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment = GOOD.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare = GOOD.

“Staff recognise the importance of engaging parents, and we feel that our input is valued… we can confidently say there is positive practice and provision combined with genuine warmth and enthusiasm from staff” - parent

“I pay for my son to go once a week as a treat as he loves it there so much!” - parent