Welcome to the BDCA After School Club
BDCA Childcare Coronavirus Response
Updated 9th July 2020
Our childcare services currently remain close due to government guidelines. Please see below for a wider explanation of why our After School care and Holiday care service need to remain closed at this time in the interest of safety for the children, staff and parents that access our services.
We hope that soon this will change. For now, we would love your feedback, so we can evaluate how needed our service is within the community. Please complete the short survey here.
Please continue to check our website for further updates on guidelines for reopening.
Guidance for reopening of BDCA Childcare services
The Out of School Alliance guidance says:
“With a number of announcements regarding the re-opening of childcare settings being made over the past couple of weeks, there is some confusion about the current state of play for out of school clubs. We have summarised the current situation below:
Before and after school childcare
Wraparound settings providing before and after school childcare have been allowed to open since 1 June, but only if the club:
Operates on school premises *
Only takes children from that school
Only takes children who are currently attending that school (ie only those for whom the school is open)
Maintains the same health protection measures as the school (eg keep children in the same ‘bubbles’ as the school
* Initially, if your wraparound setting operated off a school site, for example in a church hall, it was not allowed to open. However from 4 July, before and after-school clubs are allowed to operate from premises other than school sites, but they can still only take children from one school, and must continue to meet the same health protection measures as their feeder school (eg keeping the children in the same bubbles).”
Unfortunately, this guidance does not apply to our setting, as our service covers a number of schools within our community. This means that for the safety of our children and staff members, we need to remain closed until government guidelines allow us to welcome children from a multiple schools.
The Out of School Alliance says:
“Guidelines do state that some holiday clubs can open to children of all ages from the date on which the state schools in their local area close for the summer holidays. This varies according to local authority but in many areas it means that holiday clubs can open from 20 July. However there is one condition that causes a great deal of concern.
The protective measures contained in the guidance state that children should be kept in small consistent groups of no more than 15, but then goes on to say that the children should be in the same group whenever they attend the setting:
"This means that at the first session children should be assigned to a particular class or group and should then stay in those consistent groups for future sessions."
This requirement for any one child to always be in the same group of children at every session is not practical for a club which provides holiday childcare throughout the summer holidays. In these types of setting children attend for different time periods over the school holidays: some children are booked in for whole weeks at a time, whilst other children will be attending for a few days here and there depending on their parents' childcare needs in any one week, and on changing shift patterns.”
Unfortunately, this guidance does not apply to our setting, as we offer a flexible holiday service to many families across the community who do not attend the same school. This means that for the safety of our children and staff, we will not be able to offer summer holiday care provision over the Summer 2020. We appreciate how difficult this is for parents and carers who will still have working commitments, and we will update our website if we receive information of any alternative, safe provision that has been approved by the local authority.
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.
The after school service costs £14 per child per day or a discounted rate of £60 for all 5 weekdays. 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.
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.
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.