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Five ways to keep your child entertained this summer

We all know how difficult it can be keeping children entertained and the summer holidays can be especially tricky. Here at Rushden Kids Club we have a dedicated team of play workers who pool the children’s ideas to make the holidays as exciting as possible. Here our top five low cost activities for a fun-filled summer…

Play with a theme

Model making - activities to entertain your child
Model making: From a rocket to a castle, save up your recycling and let your child’s imagination build all sorts of exciting objects
We asked the children what they would like to do (since they are the experts at play!) and divided the summer up into manageable weekly sections, each with a different theme to inspire the imagination.

Instead of endless days of boredom we provide six individually-tailored weeks with exciting things to do: Pirates, Harry Potter, Seaside, Messy, Dinosaurs, Knights and Princesses and Space. What theme would your child choose?

Dress up and go!

Whatever the theme, at Rushden Kids Club we love dressing up. Children gain so much from dress up play, it sparks their imagination, helps with socialisation and can encourage empathy. We already have a large selection in the dress up box but making a costume from scratch has the added benefits of problem solving, honing fine motor skills and even gender exploration.

Why not take a trip to a local charity shop with your child and see what their creative minds can come up with?

Get junk modelling

At Rushden Kids Club we love junk modelling and one of the most exciting activities the staff can provide is a large selection of boxes, bottles and tubes.

The processes children use to imagine that those particular boxes with that tube could make an awesome robot with a jet pack bottle on his back is not just problem solving skills, it is a higher level skill of thinking called divergent thinking. The same materials the next day could become a space station with rocket.

Save up your recycling for a week and marvel at the wonderful ideas children can come up with.

Food, glorious food

If your child could they would probably spend the whole summer eating cakes, sweets and biscuits. We are big believers of healthy eating at Kids Club and all our snacks and dinners are nutritionally balanced and taste delicious (Thank you Natasha and Caroline the cook). However we have discovered a great way of breaking the rules; let the children make the snacks.

With our new kitchen we will be baking a lot more this year, and trying out some ambitious recipes like making our own ice-cream – we will let you know the results!

Cooking with a child helps to develop hand eye co-ordination, safety skills and you can sneak some maths and science learning in too. With the obvious bonus of delicious food at the end, your child will begin a life skill that could lead to less work for you!

Time to get messy

To develop children’s natural curiosity nothing can beat messy play. Ooblek is a fancy term for non Newtonian fluids like cornflour and custard. With no right way to play it boosts a child’s self confidence and self esteem.

We have the space at Rushden Kids Club for larger messy crafts, with a big sheet of paper and a bucket load of paint the children can use brushes if they want or get in there with hand and feet.

Try a simple messy science experiment: fill an empty squirty bottle with 1 third bicarbonate of soda, 1 third cornflour and the final third with water add a few drops of food colouring and shake it well. Fill another squirty bottle with white vinegar and a few drops of food colouring. Draw a picture with the first bottle on the ground and trace it with the second bottle to watch a fizzy chemical reaction.

If you try any of the activities on here then we’d love to hear how you got on. We will be doing these and many more over the summer at Rushden Kids Club. With a bigger team to look after the children we bounce a lot of ideas off each other during our planning. If you’re struggling for ideas over the summer speak to a member of our team.

Check out our Summer Holiday Club activity list

Find out more about our Summer Holiday Club

Nursery

The Nursery consists of two separate areas; a Baby room, (children aged between naught to two years) and a Two’s room, (children aged between two to three years).  The age brackets are only a guideline; children can make the transition into other areas before or after the stated age, depending on the individual child’s emotional, physical and intellectual needs.

Our beautiful Baby room is where your child can start their journey through Rushden Kids Club.  It is an inviting, home-from-home environment, where your little one can play safely and develop their skills before transitioning into the Two’s room.  We provide a peaceful and relaxing, designated sleep room, which is constantly monitored by practitioners; including the temperature, which is set to ensure the babies are comfortable and safe.  We follow the ratio of three children to one practitioner and follow each child’s routine from home, so you can rest assured that your little one will receive the essential care and attention they need at this important stage of their life.  The Baby Room has access to our extensive outside space and the practitioners regularly go on local visits with the babies to surrounding parks and attractions.

The Two’s room is a spacious and stimulating environment, which is perfect for your child to have fun whilst learning and is tailored to meet their changing individual interests.  Our wonderful outside area also provides constant free-flow opportunities to outdoor experiences throughout the year, come rain or shine.  We understand that this is the time when many children start ‘toilet training’ and therefore, the Two’s room is equipped with a separate children’s bathroom, which includes; low level toilets, potty’s, steps and low-level sinks to encourage independence and personal hygiene from a young age.

The Nursery ensures that activities are based on your child’s individual interests and focuses on the three prime areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework, encouraging learning through play.  The three prime areas are as follow:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Nursery rooms benefit from being divided into areas to enable quiet time, eating, sleeping and play.  This allows children within the Nursery to have access to a wide variety of activities, experiences and learning opportunities; whether it be sensory/messy play, exploring natural objects through heuristic play or something as simple as reading a book, singing Nursery rhymes or having a cuddle with one of the Nursery practitioners.

The Nursery areas also have their own designated craft rooms, giving the children the opportunity to free-flow and have supervised access to tactile/sensory experiences daily such as; sand, water, paint and much more.  This enables children to explore and release their inner artist.

 

Pre-School

At Rushden Kids Club our aim is to provide a warm and welcoming Pre-School for our children and their families. We strive to offer our children a safe and stimulating environment to encourage them to explore and discover new experiences. In doing this, we hope to enable children to become independent thinkers and doers.

The Pre-School allows the children to access the outdoor area for the majority of the day, enabling the children to free flow on their own accord between the inside and outside vicinity, whilst being supervised by our experienced staff. During their time with us, we encourage the children to take risks and possess a ‘have a go’ attitude, all under close guidance.

It is important that the children become school ready whilst they are with us at Rushden Kids Club; we encourage this by following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). The EYFS is followed by observing the children and their likes and interests; activities are designed to capture these individual interests and next steps will then ensure that the children progress and reach their full potential.

We very much believe that children learn through play!

In the main Pre-School room, the children can access a variety of different activities. There is a choice of construction, small world, mathematics and a music area. These areas are designed to capture the children’s interests. Also, the children eat their snacks, lunch and tea in the main room; these are prepared and cooked on site by our wonderful cook.

The craft room has a wide range of resources for the children to become creative thinkers and learners. The children are encouraged in selecting their own resources to promote independence and forward thinking.

Our Pre-School front room is a quieter area within the preschool, this enables the children to sit back and relax in our cosy book area with a mixture of books and reading friends/puppets for the children to explore. We use the front room to take a formal register in the mornings and afternoons, which again is part of becoming school ready.

Rushden Kids Club has an amazingly hospitable and knowledgeable staff team. They thrive on providing the children the very best opportunities to ensure that they can develop skills across the EYFS and reach their full potential.

Out of School Club

We offer a before and after school club as well as a holiday club catering school aged children up to 14 years old. Our excellent team running the club do so in a way that keeps everyone engaged, offering opportunities to wind down from school or provide support with homework and after school studies. During the school holidays we provide an energetic programme of activities which involves a mixture of indoor and outdoor fun.

The Club also offers a pickup and drop of service to and from local schools in our popular School Bus touring around Rushden and surrounding areas.

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