Southfields Primary School Explorers Club
Providing After School Care
Breakfast Club 7:45 – 8.50 a.m.
After School Club 3:10 – 6:00 p.m.
About the Club
The Explorers Club is based within Southfields Primary School, Stanground Estate, Peterborough, PE2 8PU. Contact telephone number - 01733 562873 extension 216 (during Club opening times). The Club is overseen by the Head Teacher and Governing Body of Southfields Primary School.
The Club provides a wide range of activities which meet the needs of all children in a safe, fun and caring environment. Activity plans are available for the Club.
Whilst in our care children will be provided with a light breakfast in the morning and an afternoon snack after school.
Southfields Explorers Club has been established for many years having previously been named the Time to Play Club and renamed by the school in 2015. The Club provides a wonderful experience in ‘out of school provision’. Southfields Explorers Club is registered and governed by Ofsted and adheres to the national standards set out for school providers. Ofsted expects providers to demonstrate how they will achieve each standard, ensuring quality of provision. Southfields Explorers Club was judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted and the school is aiming for ‘Outstanding’. The full Ofsted report is available via the school website at http://www.southfieldsprimary.co.uk.
Staff hold all relevant qualifications and Southfields Primary School aims to ensure that every member of staff is fully qualified, first aid trained and hold disclosure certificates.
Southfields Explorers Club only collects children from the Southfields Primary School. We aim to provide affordable care for parents who need this service.
The Explorers Out of School Club Operational Procedure
Southfields Explorers Club provides children with a wide range of play opportunities. All children are given the opportunity to play outdoors; unless weather or health and safety issues prevent this. There is also a separate sports hall available. The children will always be encouraged to participate in fun team and physical activities. The Club offers various activities which may include:
Quiet activities: including reading, children’s computers, the entertainment corner with TV and DVD player with many films to choose from for every age, writing table and jigsaws.
Homework time: at the request of parents, all children are encouraged to take part in 15 minutes of homework each afternoon to begin homework tasks set by the school, make dairy entries, read independently, read with staff or listen to stories.
Role Play: will include den making areas, fancy dress, play kitchen, play shops, tents, dolls and prams. We also have small world play equipment, train tracks and a variety of cars.
Physical activities: includes bowling, dancing, football, hockey, tennis, rounder’s, cricket and many more.
Creative activities: includes adult lead arts and crafts, painting and free or guided drawing.
Construction play: includes various building materials such as Lego, K-NEX and Meccano.
We value visits, visitors and fun events such as parties, disco, bouncy castle, visits from sight dogs, frog life, sports coaches and other inspirational speakers and visitors. Details will be timetabled into the Club yearly planner.
The Explorers Club Menu
We provide options which rotate as part of the Breakfast Menu and After School Snack Menu. Meals are freshly prepared by our school catering team.
Sample Breakfast Menu
Bacon Rolls Beans on Toast
Scrambled Egg with Bacon Sausage Sandwiches
Sample After School Snack Menu
Cheese and Biscuits Filled Pitta Bread
Filled Wraps Fruit
Hot Dogs Salad
Sandwich selection Savoury Noodles
Soup and Bread Spaghetti or Beans on Toast
Southfields Explorers Club serves a healthy option with every snack including fruit. We work with parents regarding any special dietary requirements.
Please note that Southfields Explorers Club has many policies and procedures in place and working within the Club, all of which are available for parents on request.
The Explorers Club believes that children have the right to be completely secure from both the fear and reality of abuse. We are committed to safeguarding all the children in our care from harm.
Mrs Martin and Mrs Farooq-Ayub have been appointed Child Protection Officers. These officers have undertaken appropriate training and have relevant experience and expertise. The designated child protection officers will be responsible for liaising with social care, the local children’s safeguarding board and Ofsted regarding any child protection matter.
The Explorers Club’s child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and other guidance or advice.
The Explorers Club is committed to reviewing its safeguarding policy and procedure at regular intervals. The policy and its procedures will be shared with parents/ carers during their child’s settling in period.
Peterborough Local Authority brings together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals responsible for helping to protect children from abuse and neglect in a given area. Peterborough multi-agency forum was set up to agree how the different services and professional groups should co-operate to safeguard children in that area, and for making sure that arrangements work effectively to bring about good outcomes for the children.
Recognising Child Abuse
Child abuse can manifest itself in a variety of different ways, some overt and others much less so. A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family, an institution or community setting; by those known to them or more rarely by a stranger.
Physical abuse involves hitting, shaking, throwing, burning, suffocating or causing any other physical harm. Deliberately causing a child’s ill health also constitutes physical abuse.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. Showing children pornographic materials, sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways also constitutes sexual abuse.
Emotional abuse can constitute abuse in its own right but varying degrees of emotional abuse are present in virtually all child protection incidents. Emotional abuse involves persistent or severe emotional ill treatment or torture causing, or likely to cause, severe adverse effects on the emotional stability of the child. Such behaviour may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless, unloved, or inadequate or making them feel unnecessarily frightened or vulnerable.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical, emotional, or psychological needs, such as likely to have severe impact on their health, development or emotional stability. Neglect may involve failing to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing for a child, or failing to adequately protect them from physical harm or ill health. Neglect can also manifest itself in a failure to meet the basic emotional needs of a child.
What to do if a child discloses:
Not all child protection information results in a referral, but small pieces of information may be significant on their own to create a wider picture. All information should be recorded including:
- Date of disclosure/ concern
- Date and time of the record being made
- Name and date of birth of the child or children
- A factual report of what happened –use the child’s own words, what they told you
- A note of any other people involved
- Printed name of the person making the record and job title
The child protection officers should be informed and given the record. They will then decide if they need to contact social care or make a referral. If other members of staff feel that the incident has not been adequately followed up, they have a right to call social care themselves.
If the child protection concern is with regards to a member of staff, the Club procedure should be followed.
Third Party Information
Third party information passed on by anyone other than staff or management of the Club, who expresses their concerns information form a third party regarding suspicions of child abuse cannot be ignored. If the person imparting the information has concerns, they should be encouraged to contact social care. If they do not wish to do so, it should be explained to them that the Club is obliged to. The concerns should be logged and any action taken and recorded fully.
Allegations Against Staff Members and Volunteers
If an allegation of any form of child abuse is made against a member of staff or volunteer the matter must be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer and Ofsted. The LADO will advise if other external/internal agencies (e.g. police) should be informed and the Club will act upon the advice given to ensure that any investigation is not jeopardised.
If an allegation is made against a member of staff it will be factually recorded in the incident book stating the actions taken. All witnesses to the incident should sign and date the entry to confirm it.
It may be necessary for the Club to refer to its staff disciplinary procedure regarding suspensions and exclusions following advice sought form the LADO. The management also has the right to seek professional advice from employment law specialists.
Staff Support and Training
The Explorers Club is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities in respect of child protection through the provision of support and training to staff. Therefore the Club will ensure that:
- All staff have child protection training and will be vigilant to signs and evidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect.
- We implement safe recruitment practices for all staff students and volunteers, including verified references and full and up to date enhanced DBS checks.
- All staff and volunteers are given a copy of the child protection policy during their induction, and have its implications explained to them.
- All staff and volunteers receive regular training and supervision in child protection issues and are provided with any relevant information and guidance.
- All staff are provided with supervision and management support commensurate with their responsibilities in relation to child protection and their requirement to maintain caring and safe relationships with children.
- All staff are aware of the main indicators of child abuse.
- All staff are aware of their statutory requirement in respect of the disclosure or discovery of abuse to the manager.
- The Club will take appropriate action in relation to the findings of any investigation into alleged allegations of abuse, consistent with its duties to protect the safety of children and uphold fair processes for staff, students and volunteers.
- Any member of staff, student or volunteer under investigation for the alleged abuse of a child, will be subject to the provisions Staff disciplinary policy.
- The Explorers Club will follow the child protection handbook.
All staff know and understand the Explorers Club’s child protection procedures and have had appropriate training and guidance in the principles of safe caring. To this end:
- Every effort will be made to minimise time when members of staff, students or volunteers are left alone with a child. If staff are left alone with a child, the door of the room should be kept open and another member of staff should be informed.
- If a child makes inappropriate physical contact with a member of staff student or volunteer, this will be recorded fully in an incident report.
- Staff will never carry out a personal task for the children that they can do for themselves, where this is essential staff will help a child whilst being accompanied by colleague. Unless a child has a particular need staff should not accompany children into the toilet. Staff are aware that this and other similar activities could be misconstrued.
- Staff will be mindful of how and where they touch children, given their age and emotional understanding, unnecessary or potentially inappropriate physical contact will be avoided at all times.
Peterborough framework for action provides all those working with children and their families across the town of Peterborough, with a process to help identify and respond to children’s needs, and supports them to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.
The Framework for Action handbook is available in Club.
Behaviour Management Policy and Procedure
Southfields Explorers Club will manage behaviour by promoting children’s welfare, through learning and enjoyment. Staff and children will work together to maintain clear ground rules for all behaviour within the Club.
Praise and encouragement will be given to all children; negative behaviour will be challenged in a calm and assertive manner, promoting an atmosphere where children can respect and value. Staff will work together and with children, without shouting, through discussions well planned activities to resolve negative behaviour, resolve conflict and build confidence.
Staff will discuss all concerns with parents / carers in an attempt to help identify the cause of poor behaviour and deal with the incidents appropriately. At all times children/ parents will be told about the consequences of their actions. In the event of physical interventions, staff will use the minimum force necessary to prevent injury or damage and all incidents will be recorded. In the event that unacceptable behaviour and if behaviour persists, more serious action may have been taken in accordance with the exclusion policy.
The Club’s staff will not promote corporal punishment to a child for whom they provide care for; staff will not use or threaten any forms of punishment, which could have an impact on any child’s wellbeing.
Bullying Policy / Procedure
The management of the Club will not tolerate or excuse behaviour from anyone, repeated harassment through emotional, physical, or verbal bullying.
Staff will make every effort to create a tolerant and caring environment. Bullying behaviour is likely to occur on occasion and the Club recognises this fact. In the event of such incidents the management and staff will address these issues thoroughly and sensitively, children will be encouraged to report all incidents of bulling to staff and staff must report all incidents to the management team.
Victims of bullying will be helped and supported and kept under close supervision.
The bully will be encouraged to discuss their behaviour and think through the consequences of their actions. Where bulling behaviour persists, more serious action may be taken, which may lead to exclusion from the Club.
The Explorers Club aims to provide care with the inclusion of all children. The Club aims to introduce an inclusive play care centre model and to train all staff to use the model to ensure quality care is provided to meet the needs of all children, identifying their needs, working with parents and other agencies enabling children to play, be active and have an equal part in the Club activities.
The Club will use its individual play care plan to assess the needs of a child. Staff, child and parents will complete the play care plans.
The Club hopes to provide a service threat is equal to all children opening opportunities far through careful planning and preparation.
Special Needs Policy / Procedure
Southfields Explorer Club is aware that some children have special educational needs and disabilities that may require particular support and assistance, and we recognise a wide range of needs, learning difficulties, emotional, social behaviour and physical difficulties.
Southfields Explorer Club is committed to the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities; giving them the right to play, learn and develop to their full potential alongside other children.
All children have the right to learn together and develop relationships, whenever possible children with special needs or disabilities will have access to the same facilities, activities and opportunities as others.
When providing for the needs of children, it is vital to work closely with parents/ carers. The Explorers Club will also seek the advice of Peterborough SEN/ disability development support officer when needed.
Southfields Explorer Club is committed to dealing with negative behaviour wherever possible. Disrupted or challenging behaviour will be dealt with promptly between staff, children and parents.
With further actions is necessary, including reviewing a child’s place at the Club, staff will firstly explain to the children involved why their behaviour is unacceptable the consequences of further incidents and children will be encouraged to discuss their actions. A repeated warning will be discussed with the parents and staff. If all actions taken fail, the child may be temporarily suspended.
After immediate suspension has taken place, the manager will arrange a meeting with the Club and parents to discuss the incident and decide a possible return to the Club.
Where a child is excluded as a last resort, when all other actions have failed, management and staff must discuss the action with parents promptly.
Racial / Anti-Discrimination Policy
The Club will ensure that all persons are valued. Individuals will be encouraged to treat others with respect regardless of the race, colour, nationality or ethnicity.
The Club will ensure that different cultures and different religious needs are met and understood to all involved in the Club.
If a member of staff or a child becomes aware of an incident of racial harassment or discrimination occurring in the Club, will be encouraged to report the incident to management. Any allegations will be investigated thoroughly and such behaviour will not be tolerated at the Club. Steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again.
All incidents will be recorded and all incidents will be reported to parents/ carers.
In all cases, continued racial harassment or discrimination from any person will result in exclusion from the Club.
Southfields Explorers Club aims to provide a wide, varied range of activities to meet the needs of all children to develop their emotional, social and physical skills. Activities, visits and outings will be carefully planned allowing children to create and explore, whilst learning and achieving.
Children will always be consulted and encouraged to take part in the preparation and planning of all activities and outings, staff will be encouraged to support and involve children and recognise a child’s achievement. Southfields Explorers Club provides children with a wide range of structured play opportunities, activities, games, indoor and outdoor play equipment and resources to meet the needs, age and interests of all children.
All activity planning will be available at all times for staff, children and parents to view. Staff will always be available to discuss and spend time with parents, to inform them as to what their child has been doing and discuss any changes they suggest.
Settling In Policy
Once Southfields Explorers Club has confirmed a place is available for a child, the management will encourage parents to come along to Club for a pre-visit where all registration forms should be completed. Parents will be encouraged to bring their child for a second visit so that the child can be left in the care off our staff team to allow the child to settle in for a shorter period of time. New children will be greeted into the Club and introduced to all the staff and children. Children will be informed about the setting routines and the programme of activities. They will be shown and introduced to the Club and its surroundings, ground rules will be explained also all relevant policies.
Staff will supervise the children at all times, working closely with new children, if a child is having any problems settling in or are generally unhappy staff will always discuss this with the child’s parents.
Child Protection Policy
The Club’s child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and other guidance or advice as detailed by the local area child protection committee and the publication “what to do if you are worried about a child being abused” is available in Club.
A child protection officer will be appointed within the Club and will have experience and training and will be responsible for liaising with social services, the area child protection committee and Ofsted in any child protection matter.
When changes are observed in a child’s behaviour or shows signs or evidence of physical, sexual and/ or emotional abuse or neglect, confidential records will be kept and logged. These records will include, name, address, and age of child, time and date of observations, description of behaviour, changes and appearance, the exact words spoken by the child, the name and signature of the recorder; without comment or interpretation, where possible. All such suspicions, findings and investigations will be kept confidential, shared only on a need to know basis. The parent will normally be the first point and reference, although suspicions will be referred to the social services department.
Staff will ensure that all concerns and allegations are treated sensitively and confidentially.
Any children involved in alleged incidents will be confronted and reassured. In circumstances where a child makes an allegation or a disclosure, a staff member will:
1. Listen carefully to all the child has to say.
2. Make no observable judgement.
3. Ask open questions that encourage the child to speak in their own words.
4. Ensure the child is safe, comfortable and not left alone.
5. Make no promises that cannot be kept.
Southfields Explorers Club is committed to ensuring that it meets its responsibility in respect of child protection through the support training staff. All staff will be carefully requited, have verified reference and have full up to date DBS checks. Staff will be given a copy of the child protection policy during their induction a management will ensure this is carefully understood as well as annual training and updates.
All staff will be made aware of the main indicators of child abuse and be provided with supervision with responsibilities in relation to child protection. The Club will take action in relation to the findings of any investigation into allegations of abuse. An allegation made against a member of staff would result in immediate suspension pending investigation.
Sick Child Policy
It is the responsibility of the Club staff to ensure the management are informed when a child is unwell. To safe guard the health of all, staff and children in our care, the manager and nominated first aider will deal with illnesses efficiently and safety, a list of infection, notifiable and communicable disease will be provided in the booklets and parents will be notified if there has been a suspected risk of cross infection.
It is also the duty of the parent to inform the Club of any infectious diseases at the earliest opportunity.
Where medication needs to be administered, medication will never be given without completed medication forms being filled in by the parents and staff may only administer medication to child if prescribed by a GP.
A member of staff will be assigned to administer medication for each individual child concerned and complete the medication charts provided ensuring that parents have completed appropriate sections.
Complaints Policy and Procedure
Southfields Explorers Club aims to provide a high standard of care for all children. If at any time parents / carers are unhappy with any aspect of the care provided for their child or are unhappy about the conduct of a staff member, please forward your complaints to the manager in charge, it is then their responsibility to investigate any complaints made. If formal decisions of a complaint or problem have not produced satisfactory resolution parents/ carers should put their complaints to the School in writing.
The School will respond to any written concerns or complaints following guidance in the school concerns or complaints policy and try to make a resolution to the matter as soon as possible. During the process parents will be updated with information following guidance and appropriate information sharing. If a complaint carries a child protection concern the manager will inform the designated child protection officer and follow procedures as necessary.
Parents / carers can make a complaint to Ofsted after following the school complaints policy and if they are still not satisfied.
Registration of pupils is essential before pupils can join the Explorers Club or parents can book sessions on line via ParentPay. Please inform the Club manager as soon as possible of any changes in the information you have provided for your child.
Please complete the registration form and return it to the school office.
The Explorers Club has space for 40 pupils at each session and once the sessions are booked there unfortunately will not be any additional spaces offered. Therefore we advise prompt booking and payment to secure places 48 hours in advance. You are not able to book any sessions without prior payment. If we exceed the 40 places limit we will contact you to inform you that you are on our waiting list.
Payment and Booking
Once you have registered your child with the Club you will be able to book and secure places online through ParentPay. Payment is made at point of booking. Vouchers can be used by payment to the school who will credit your ParentPay account after the Vouchers have cleared. You are not able to book any sessions without prior payment.
Information regarding Working Tax Credit is available from the School Finance Secretary.
Southfields Explorer Club does not offer sibling discounts but aims to keep prices affordable.
Charges from September 2017-18
Breakfast Club daily charge (including breakfast) £3.50
After School Club daily charge (including snack) £7
Children that are not booked in to the Explorers Club will be escorted to the school office and a holding fee will be charged. Please make sure that if you are unavoidably late you contact the school (on 562873) or Explorers Club (on 562873 extension 216) and make alternative arrangements for collection of your child.
Children that are collected from the Explorers Club late (later than the Club closing time of 6pm) will generate an additional late collection fee. The late pick up charge is:
£3.50 for each 5 minutes of lateness you enter per child. That is, £3.50 as soon as you pass the collection time of 6pm and a subsequent £3.50 for each five minutes until collection. The fee will show as ‘Explorers Breakfast’ on the named child’s ParentPay account.
Child Health Policy
If your child is unwell it will be necessary for you to arrange alternative care for your child until your child is well. We cannot accept children in the Club who are unwell, as infections may affect both children and staff in the setting. If your child becomes unwell whilst in our care, the manager will contact the person/s detailed in the emergency contact details section of the registration form to inform them of the situation or to arrange for collection of the child.
Parents are asked to encourage their child to put their belongings onto the coat pegs provided. We ask that children do not bring personal items into the Club and we cannot be held responsible for any lost items.
Signing your child in and out of the Club and Child Safety
Our OFSTED regulations state that all children must be signed in and out of the setting immediately using the register provided. All parents / carers must enter the arrival or departure time that applies and a signature.
Unfortunately for Health and Safety, Insurance and Safeguarding Policy and procedural reasons pupils are not permitted to re-enter the main school even with their parents or a member of staff. Any forgotten items should be collected the following morning.
Parents are asked to support the Club by ensuring doors are always tightly closed behind them and to avoid opening doors for others, to aid the safety of all children left within school and to leave the site promptly.
If a known person is unavailable to collect the child, you must inform the Club immediately. Unknown persons will not be able to collect your child without prior notice, parents cannot be stopped from collecting their children from the Club unless relevant documents are produced i.e. court orders, police or social services involvement.
In the event of any complaints or worries involving the Club, please do not hesitate to see the manager. If you feel your concerns cannot be discussed in Club please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Martin or OFSTED. The full complaints procedure and all Ofsted details are on display on The Explorers Club notice board.
All Club policies and procedures are available for you to read at your request.
Southfields Primary School Explorers Club
‘Exploring New Horizons’
Our Club Mission Statement and Aims
- Excellence – Aspire for excellence
- Playing – Understand the importance of play in learning
- Learning – Build good learning behaviours for life
- Outstanding – Reaching outstanding in all we do
- Respect – Showing respect for those around us
- Engaging – Providing opportunities and a culture of engagement
- Reach – Aim high and reach for our dreams
- Smiles – Be happy in what we do and smile often
Thank you for your continued support and encouraging comments. We are lucky to have such an outstanding Club with such wonderful facilities.
Please complete one registration form per child and return the form to the main office. Please note that bookings cannot be made unless Explorers is in receipt of your child’s completed registration form. Please keep this document for your reference
Useful information, contacts and telephone numbers:
ChildLine 0800 1111
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) 01733 864038
ODSTED 0300 123 1231
OFSTED registration number 110691
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Peterborough Social Services 01733 747474
Peterborough Police 01480 456111
Safeguarding Children Board 01733 864170
Southfields Primary School 01733 562873