Godalming Confederation of Schools

 

Childcare

Finding quality childcare is very important for parents.  On this page we list infomation and provide links to help you find:

Holiday childcare and Holiday Activities

Parents asked us to let them know about the different activities and clubs available during the school holidays, be it holiday clubs providing childcare or activities to keep their children active and interested. 

You can view the latest lists below. Currently we produce leaflets for the CHRISTMAS, EASTER and SUMMER holidays. Although we don't produce leaflets for the half term holidays, you'll find that lots of the organisations listed provide clubs and activities at half terms too, so you can still use the contact info to check out what they might be offering.

There are some fantastic holiday activities available locally, from sports to craft and drama activities and children’s multi-activity weeks. In response to your requests, we’ve included more for our older pupils, so on our leaflets check out the activities indicated with a Good for Teens flash.     

FOR LOTS OF IDEAS ABOUT WHAT TO DO DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

From Tots to Teens, there's Something for Everyone

Printable copies of our most recent holiday leaflets contain lots of useful contact details:

Summer 2015 Holiday Activities

Easter 2015 Holiday Activities

  Christmas 2014 Holiday Activities

KOOSA KIDS HOLIDAY CLUB, ST EDMUNDS PRIMARY SCHOOL  


KOOSA Kids Holiday Club at St Edmund's Primary School in Godalming opened in the summer of 2012 and fulfils a need for school holiday child care provision in the Godalming area.   The opening of the holiday club has mainly come about through demand from parents at St Edmund's, Busbridge and other surrounding schools, and the club has proven to be very popular from the outset.   During school holidays, we have exclusive access to the entire school, however the club is mainly based from the school hall, library and computer rooms.  We also have daily access to the extensive and secure playground areas.   The club is registered with Ofsted and up to 48 children are able to attend on any given day. For more information visit the Koosa Kids website.   Ofsted Registration Number: EY433359

Nursery and Pre-School Provision for Under 5s

Five of the Local Authority schools/Children's Centres within The Godalming Confederation of Schools offer nursery provision for 3 to 5 year olds:

  • Loseley Fields Children's Centre (a Sure Start children's centre)
  • The Wharf Nursery School and Children's Centre (a Sure Start Children's Centre)
  • Elstead & Villages Sure Start Children's Centre
  • Farncombe Infant and Nursery School
  • Green Oak C of E Primary & Nursery School

In addition to nursery provision during normal school hours, the three Sure Start Children's Centres offer extended services: longer hours and/or parental/family support services. Details about these nurseries and Children's Centes can be found below.

There are also numerous independent nursery and pre-school groups in our area, and many parent & toddler groups. You can view and print a list of these groups, covering Godalming, Farncombe, Busbridge, Elstead, Shackleford, Thursley, Milford, Witley, Brook and Hambledon. The list was updated in 2012.

Local Authority Nursery Provision

within the Godalming Confederation of Schools

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Loseley Fields Children's Centre

Green Lane

Binscombe

Godalming

Surrey GU7 3TB

01483 419325

Loseley Fields Children’s Centre aims to provide excellence in two distinct aspects of its service:

Full & sessional childcare:

Providing childcare from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.

Qualified experienced staff provide an individually tailored, exciting and varied programme for your child. To ensure best practice in all aspects of your child’s care and early years education, Loseley Fields Children’s Centre has adopted the Early Years Foundation Stage (for more information about this, click here).

 

A programme of early years centred services...

...that offers advice and practical help to families with young children in Binscombe, Farncombe, Shalford and Godalming. These services include:

  • Play & learn sessions
  • One year health checks
  • Ante-natal and post-natal groups
  • Well baby clinics
  • Baby massage classes
  • Positive parenting courses
  • Outreach/home link worker who can visit parents who do not attend the centre with advice on all aspects of the care & education of your child.
  • Child nutrition courses with cook & eat sessions
  • Support network for childminders
  • A toy library
  • Behaviour management courses covering terrible twos to teens
  • Links to Jobcentre Plus and Next Steps with advice and signposting to education, training and employment opportunities
  • Bringing together local health visitors, paediatric specialists, speech & language development officers, school and CAHMS nurses and local community and voluntary groups, we aim to offer a service that can equip families to ensure their children are receiving the very best of local health and childcare services.

You can see the current times for sessions on their Regular Sessions leaflet or use the logo to the left to link to the centre's own website for more information, or contact the Centre Manager, Jim Carson, or the Childcare Manager, Catherine Hawksworth, on Telephone: 01483 419325

Email: [email protected]

www.loseleyfieldscc.com

The Wharf

Nursery School

and Children's

Centre

Nursery:

The Wharf

Woolsack Way

Godalming

Surrey GU7 1JG

01483 415220

Children's Centre:

The Eashing Building

Green Oak School

Franklyn Road

Godalming

Surrey GU7 2LD

01483 418652

 

The Wharf is a local authority Nursery School and Sure Start Children's Centre in Godalming.  The Nursery provides free early years education for children aged 3 to 5 and is accessible to all but gives priority to families with a higher level of need.  The Wharf has been educating the young children of Godalming since 1947.  In addition to normal term time nursery hours, The Wharf's Sure Start Children's Centre (operating from The Eashing Building behind Green Oak School) offers extended hours childcare from 8am to 6pm for children on roll and other activities including holiday activities.  Places are limited; please contact the nursery for details.

Their professional staff consists of well qualified and experienced teachers and nursery nurses.  Staff turnover is low and staff to child ratios are excellent.  The nursery has places for 48 children at any time.  26 younger children attend part-time session (morning or afternoon) and 22 older children attend full-time. The nursery is very popular and children’s names go on the waiting list from age one.

The Wharf Children's Centre’s support for families, childminders and other early years settings includes the following regular activities:

  • Breakfast Club for children attending the Wharf, 8-9am, term time
  • Holiday Club at the Wharf in most holidays and half terms, for all children aged 3-7
  • 'Booked' parent and toddler sessions (Stay and Play) at the Wharf, 6 sessions a week, for 0-3 year olds (term time only)
  • Drop in Play and Learn sessions on Tuesday afternoons at 'The Wharf at Green Oak' for 0-5 year olds (all year round but with a break over Christmas and New Year)
  • Twins and Multiples Club on Wednesday mornings at 'The Wharf at Green Oak'
  • Parenting Puzzle parenting course (10 weekly sessions), next sequence probably after Easter 2010
  • Holiday Fun Days for families (accompanied children only), usually Fridays in school holidays at 'The Wharf at Green Oak'
  • After School Club for school aged children, Mondays at 'The Wharf at Green Oak'

Special events that have taken place or are planned at The Wharf Children's Centre include:

  • Cook and Eat sessions - Italian, Chinese - and Make a cake for Christmas
  • Circus skills day
  • Dads' day
  • Taking part in the Community Safety Day
  • 'Rural bus' came to the Godalming carnival and will visit the rural areas on a regular schedule

The Nursery & Children's Centre also supports families with:

  • An outreach service for parents and children with special educational needs.  The Wharf's experienced SEN staff visit families and children in their homes , in the‘stay and play’ group or at their nursery before they start at The Wharf.
  • A Speech and Language Therapist working with children with language difficulties one day per week.
  • Lunch Club.  Children in their last term before school can enjoy a school lunch, learn to try new foods and get used to eating away from home.
  • The Wharf supports good practice in local nurseries, playgroups and reception classes by having regular meetings and practical sessions.
  • Toy library.  Families, under 3’s and childminders can use the toy library.

Day

Activity

Time

Venue

A bit about the session

Monday

 Young Parents

 11.30am - 1.30pm

Eashing Building

Come along to meet other parents under the age of 25. Enjoy fun activities, lunch with your child and support from the Children’s Centre team.

 Tuesday

Play & Learn 

1.30pm - 3pm 

Eashing Building

Have a go at messy activities, get ideas of things to do at home and support your child as they learn through play.
For parents/carers and their children aged 0-5 years. 

Wednesday Play & Learn 9.15am - 10.45am Woolsack Way

Have a go at messy activities, get ideas of things to do at home and support your child as they learn through play.
For parents/carers and their children aged 0-5 years. 

 Wednesday

Twins & Multiples 

10am - 11.30am 

Eashing Building

 A chance to meet other parents with twins, triplets or more and share their unique experiences in a supportive environment and have lots of fun.
Expectant parents welcome.

First Saturday of each month

Fab Dads

10.00am -12.00noon

Eashing Building

An opportunity for Dads, Grandads and male carers to spend some quality time with their children, playing games, meeting other Dads and enjoying a bacon buttie!

If you want to know more about life at The Wharf Nursery, contact Mrs Mandy Heslop, Headteacher, on Telephone:  01483 415220,

Email:  [email protected]

To find out more about activities at The Wharf Children's Centre contact Manager Carol Lowries, on 01483 418652 .

Elstead & Villages Sure Start Childen's Centre

St James Primary SchoolThursley Road

Elstead

Surrey GU8 6DH

01252 706915

Elstead & Villages Sure Start Children's Centre provides a variety of activities and services for children aged 0 to 5 accompanied by their parents/carers. It covers the villages of Boundstone, Bourne, Brook, Churt, Dockenfield, Elstead, Frensham, Rowledge, Shortheath, Thursley, Tilford and Wrecclesham. More details are available on their website: www.evsscc.org.uk

Mondays – all activities at the Centre in Elstead

Help is at Hand – 9.30am - 11.30am - A drop in session for anyone with little ones, who needs advice, information, or just a listening ear.

Toddler Play & Learn - 9.30-10.30 - A drop in interactive messy play session for toddlers up to 5 years. Come along and explore new and exciting ways to play. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Baby Play & Learn - 11.00-12 noon - A drop in interactive messy play session for pre-walkers. Come along and explore new and exciting ways to play. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesdays - all activities at Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road GU9 8TJ

Help is at Hand - 1.00pm - 2.30pm. A drop in session for anyone with little ones, who needs advice, information, or just a listening ear.

Family Play & Learn - 1.00pm -2.30pm. For children aged 0-5, just drop in for a fun-filled play session with a variety of toys, creative and messy activities, and meet other local families. 

For advice and information drop in or call between 9.30 -11.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Elstead Centre and 1.00pm -2.30pm on Wednesdays at Wrecclesham Community Centre.

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE and are DROP-IN, so no need to book.

Family Fun Days and other activities run through the holidays. Please get in touch to find out more.

The EVSSCC office is open from Monday to Wednesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Staff Team:  Jill Beaumont - Centre Manager, Laura Penson - Outreach Worker, Helen Owen - Advice & Guidance.  If you want to know more, please contact them: Tel - 01252 706915,

or email - [email protected]

Farncombe

Church of England

Infant and Nursery

School

Grays Road

Farncombe

Godalming

Surrey GU7 3LT

01483 424933

Farncombe Church of England Infant and Nursery School provides a caring and supportive environment and has high expectations of success. The staff team is committed to creating an enthusiasm for learning and providing the best education to enable all our children to achieve their full potential.

Ages 3-5 The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage Curriculum begins when children reach the age of 3 and continues through Nursery and Reception. It prepares the children for learning later in life by introducing the basic skills and knowledge of each subject of the National Curriculum. At the heart of all teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage is play.

Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing skills, understanding and attitudes. During the Foundation Stage many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing and talking. The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into six areas of learning. These areas of learning always overlap, and children generally experience cross curricular activities. A lesson based around spiders, for example, may include drawing spiders, tracing web patterns to develop basic handwriting skills, counting and adding to create 8, role play and science work using magnifying glasses, cooking spider shaped biscuits and singing songs about spiders!

Click below to link to the school's website, or contact the school on Telephone: 01483 424933, E-mail:  [email protected]

www.farncombe.surrey.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Andrea Simonsson

Busy Bees Nursery

Green Oak C of E Primary School & Nursery

Franklyn Road

Godalming

Surrey GU7 2LD

01428 422924

Green Oak is a school where children can have a secure and continuous education from 3 - 11.

Busy Bees Nursery is a thriving nursery with some full time & some part time places. There are 26 places for each morning and afternoon sessions. We have a nursery teacher, a very experienced nursery nurse and one full time & 2 part time nursery assistants.

The nursery works closely with our reception class 'Hedgehogs' where one full time teacher and early years assistant ensure a great start to formal education.

For more information, contact  Telephone:  01483 422 924

Email:  [email protected]

www.greenoakschool.com

Headteacher: Mrs Wendy Todd

Mobile Children's Centres for South West Surrey

At the end of 2008 , Karen Ayrton was appointed Mobile Children's Centre

Co-ordinator, based at Loseley Fields Children's Centre, Binscombe.  As part of her role to develop and co-ordinate links with Children's Centres in rural areas of South West Surrey, she has available 2 well equipped mobile buses, which visit areas on a regular basis offering a variety of services to these communities, depending on their needs. The buses are also be available for one off events.

The areas covered are:

Central Godalming, Guildford Tillingbourne (Chilworth Centre), Pilgrims & Tongham (St Paul's Children's Centre, Tongham), Worplesdon (St Paul's Children's Centre, Tongham), Cranleigh (Christopher Robin Nursery), Frensham & Elstead, Chiddingfold & Dunsfold, Clandon & Horsley (Boxgrove Children's Centre), Haslemere & Hindhead.

Karen Ayrton can be contacted at Loseley Fields Children's Centre, on

01483 419325,  email: [email protected]  

www.loseleyfieldscc.com/mobile.htm

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Finding Childminders and Other Local Childcare

In addition to the lists of nurseries and pre-school care above, the Surrey Family Information Service, provided by Surrey County Council, can help you find childminders and other local childcare - see the information below:

Surrey Family

Information

Service

Childcare and Education Advice pages

     

Part of the Surrey County Coucil website, these pages explain about types of childcare, what support is available and offer general information.

Follow the link entitled 'Childcare Choices' to find information about finding a childminder.  The information covers what a childminder is, things parents might consider when looking for childminder and provides a link to the Directgov website which gives infoartmion about childminders in your local area. 

Click to link to the Surrey Family Information Service childcare pages.

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Breakfast and After-School Clubs for Ages 4½ -11 Years

After School Clubs/Care for Children 4½ -11 Years

 Most of our schools run short after school clubs/activities for the children at their school.  For details of what is available at your school, please contact the school directly.

 

The After School Clubs/Care listed here are of the sort where your child can go if, for example, you are a working parent who cannot pick up at normal school hours.  Most are run by independent nurseries, a couple are run by our schools, all are registered for childcare, with the protection that affords (qualified staff, CRB checked, inspected etc.).  Numbers are usually limited and there is a charge, which will vary depending on the number and length of sessions you need.  You will need to contact them directly to check availability and cost.

The Chandler C of E Junior School

Middlemarch,

Roke Lane,

Witley

GU8 5PB

School's Out Club

In addition to the clubs run after school for its pupils, The Chandler offers its pupils structured after school care with its Schools Out Club, Mon-Fri 3.20-6.00pm.  Activities vary each session. 

Sessions cost £12 per day for the full period (3.20-6.00pm), £10 per day for two hours (3.20 -5.30pm), or £6 if the child attends a school club first and then goes onto Schools Out.

For more information, a schedule or booking details, contact the school office at The Chandler on 01428 683071, E-mail: [email protected], or drop in to the office.

GodalmingJunior School

Hallam Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 3HW

KOOSA KIDS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

Following representation from Godalming parents concerned about the closure of local After School provision, we are very pleased to announce the opening of a brand new after school club at Godalming Junior School on 6th January 2014, which will run after every school day thereafter.  The club will be based from the Library and Canteen with access each day to the school hall and extensive playground areas.

The after school club will have a daily capacity of 32 children, although for the first term, capacity will be restricted to 16 children.

A waiting list is now open and to register your interest please call 0845 094 2322. For more information visit the Koosa Kids website.

St Edmunds Primary School

The Drive

Godalming

GU7 1PF

KOOSA KIDS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

Opened in September 2011, the after school club is based from the spacious library and computer room within St Edmund's Primary School.  KOOSA Kids also have access each day to the school hall and playground areas.   As well as providing a service for parents and children from St Edmund's Primary School, this club also operates a supervised daily walking bus service from Busbridge Infant School.  At the end of the school day, KOOSA Kids staff will collect children direct from Busbridge Infants and walk them safely to St Edmund's School. KOOSA Kids After School Club at St Edmunds Primary School has a daily capacity of 24 children.

For more information, look at the Koosa Kids website

St James Primary School

Thursley Rd

Elstead

GU8 6HY

Casa Out of School Club is open to children aged 4-12yrs, however we are happy for children in yr 7 to attend for the first year of secondary school. We are based in a separate classroom and offer children inside and outdoor activities until 5.50pm each school day. Whilst most of our children attend St James, we also welcome children from other local school. For more information, see the Casa Clubs website.

Barnkids

The Barn,

Penang Farm

Combe Lane
Chiddingfold,

Surrey  GU8 4XL

Barnkids offers an after school club for 5-10 year olds, from 3 to 6pm, with a collection service provided from these local schools:

  • St Mary's School , Chiddingfold
  • Grayswood Infants School
  • Witley Infant School
  • Chandler Junior School (Witley)

Call 01428 685633 for details or email:  [email protected]

www.barnkids.co.uk

Ladybird Nursery

Fern Road,

Godalming

Ladybird Nursery offers an after school club for 5-8 year olds, from 3 to 6pm (extension available to 7pm), with a collection service currently provided from these local schools:

  • Faarncombe Infant & Nursery School
  • Godalming Junior School
  • Moss Lane School

Contact  Pamela Twocock  on  01483 426717,

Email: [email protected]

www.ladybirddaynursery.co.uk

Major Minors

Bridge Road

Godalming

GU7 3DU

Major Minors offers an out of school care service, “Schooligans”, available term time between 3.30pm and 6.00pm (extensions until 7.00pm can be arranged on an individual child basis).  Specifically designed mini buses deliver and collect children from four local schools:

  • Moss Lane
  • Godalming Junior
  • Busbridge Junior
  • Busbridge Infants

They also offer a “Breakfast Club” for before school care from 8.00am until 9.00am (or from 7.00am by prior arrangement). The children are then taken to their respective schools. Breakfast is included.

Schooligans have their own room in the nursery where they have access to a wide range of equipment including computers. There is also have a “Homework Corner” which is surprisingly popular!  In the afternoon Tea is provided on arrival.  There is a range of activity choices and projects each term often focusing on specific geography or natural world topics.

It is only practical for us to accept children who are in the Reception Class or higher of an infant, junior or primary school.  Schooligans is primarily to support parents whose eldest child has graduated from Major Minors and who has a younger sibling still attending the nursery.  Schooligans is not open to children who are in other nursery settings or secondary education.

Contact: Rachael Gurney (Acting Manager) on Tel: 01483 424646 

www.major-minors.co.uk

Rocking Horse Nursery,

Godalming

7 Woodside Park Catteshall Lane

Godalming 

GU7 1LG

Rocking Horse offers an after school club for 5-8 year olds, from 3 to 6pm, with a collection service currently provided from these local schools:

  • Moss Lane School
  • Busbridge Infants & Junior Schools
  • Farncombe Infant & Nursery School

Contact Celia Hulme on 01483 860273 for details or email: [email protected]

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Breakfast Clubs for Children 4½ -11 Years

The Chandler C of E Junior School

Middlemarch,

Roke Lane,

Witley

GU8 5PB

Breakfast Club

The Chandler Breakfast Club runs Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 8.40am. It costs £4 per day with breakfast to include cereal, toast and fruit juice. ( £3 no breakfast).

For more information or booking details, contact the school office:

The Chandler on 01428 683071,

E-mail: [email protected]

Farncombe Infant & Nursery School

Grays Road, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3LT

Farncombe Infant & Nursery School runs an Earlybirds Club - all pupils in the main school are welcome to come along from 8am every morning. Earlybirds is a 'drop-in' club so there is no need to book in advance. The cost per child is £2. This can be paid daily or weekly. Children in Earlybirds play with construction sets, puzzles and games from 8.00 until 8.25, when they tidy up. They then enjoy a story until 8.40 when they are collected by a teacher and taken to their classes.

Tel: 01483 424933  Email: [email protected]  

www.farncombe.surrey.sch.uk

St Edmunds Primary School

The Drive

Godalming

GU7 1PF

KOOSA KIDS BREAKFAST CLUB

Opened in September 2011, the breakfast club runs from 8.00am to 8.40am each school morning, with breakfast served each morning up until 8.20am.   As with the KOOSA Kids after school club, the breakfast club is located from the library/computer room.  On arrival at the club, and up until 8.20 a.m, children are provided with breakfast, which includes cereals, toast and fruit.  A selection of fun table games and activities and are available during the session, including books, puzzles, board games and an art table.   This club provides a daily drop-off service to Busbridge Infant School and at the end of the session, Busbridge children are safely escorted via a 'walking bus' direct to Busbridge School reception and all children are formally signed over to the school.  St Edmund's children are signed over to school representatives at the end of the breakfast club session.

For more information visit the Koosa Kids website.

Major Minors

Bridge Road, Godalming, GU7 3DU

Major Minors offers a Breakfast Club for 4½  -11 year olds, from 8am - 9am (can extend to 7am), where the children have breakfast and play and then get taken to school.  Currently they only deliver to:

  • Moss Lane School
  • Busbridge Infant School
  • Busbridge Junior School
  • Godalming Junior School

Numbers are limited and there is a charge, which will vary depending on the number and length of sessions you need.  Contact: Alison Smith (Manager) or Rachel Gurney (Deputy Mgr) on Tel: 01483 424646 

www.major-minors.co.uk

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