Easter holiday club

March 24 2017

Sparks Play and Care is a not-for-profit cooperative, running breakfast and after school clubs for children in East and Central Bristol.

Sparks Play and Care is a not-for-profit cooperative, running breakfast and after school clubs for children in East and Central  Bristol. 

During the February half-term, it held a Japanese-themed Holiday Club at Sefton Park School, Ashley Down, and much fun was had by all. Another is planned for  the Easter holidays. 

Lorna Cahill said: “Children aged 4-14 navigated their way around a Takeshi's Castle-style obstacle course, mastered the ancient art of Origami, completed a manga drawing workshop, made sushi and participated in a drama class by a guest teacher who volunteered their time.

“The Sparks ethos is all about meeting new friends, learning new skills, being active and, most importantly, having bundles of fun. Each holiday club has a different theme so the children can learn about new cultures, explore new hobbies and develop new skills. 

“There's a very relaxed atmosphere, allowing freedom to get involved in the planned activities or play independently inside and out. The excellent facilities at Sefton Park offer a creative space to play and explore, with a forest area to learn about the natural world and a sensory room to relax and read.”

Highly-trained playworkers cater to the needs of all ages and abilities, and the Easter Holiday Club will revolve around the theme of nature. 

The warmer springtime weather will offer the chance to get out and about on Forest School trips. 

Lorna added: “The children will be able to explore the local wildlife and get involved with team-building tasks, such as cooking around the campfire and building dens, as well as developing practical skills like using ropes and tying knots. 

"The philosophy of our Forest School is to give children an appreciation of nature and encourage a responsibility for wildlife conservation, which they will hopefully take with them into adulthood.”

After the February half-term club, one happy parent commented: "My boys had such a great time. Lovely to feel that I can leave them somewhere so imaginative, well-structured and child-focused. Well done all."

For more information on the Sparks breakfast, after school and holiday clubs, visit: www.sparks-inc.org