Holiday Camp FAQs

What are camp opening hours?
Our Holiday Camp runs from 8:15am to 5pm.

For children joining us at our camps in Brighton and Hove as part of the HAF programme our opening timings are: 9am to 3pm.

For children joining us at our camps in Mid Sussex as part of the HAF programme our opening times are: Morning session; 8.30am to 12.30pm, Afternoon sessions; 1pm to 5pm.

Can I drop off/collect at any point during a session?
Wherever possible please ensure drop-off takes place between 8.15 – 9am and collection takes place between 4 – 5pm.
Are meals included?
No, please send your child in with their lunch. Children will also need a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, i.e a piece of fruit. Please do not send your child in with any form of nuts and sesame i.e peanut butter, pesto.

If your child is part of the HAF programme, all meals and snacks are provided.

Can my child be in the same bubble as their friends?
There is no requirement for us to bubble the children at our clubs. The children will be in groups to help with the running of our camps and to maintain ‘measures of control’ as set out in our guidance.

Further information is available in the DfE publication here

What activities will my child be able to do?
We plan to provide an exciting and fun range of indoor and outdoor activities, including arts & crafts, sport, group games and team challenges.  Wherever possible these activities will be delivered outdoors, as we know this reduces the risk of transmission.
Will social distancing measures be in place during camp?
With the lifting of restrictions there is no requirement to socially distance. We will continue

  • Using outdoor space wherever possible
  • Ensuring frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of settings
  • Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms

Further information is available in the DfE publication here

How will you maintain Health and Hygiene during camp?
We will follow guidance published by the DfE with regards to Health and Hygiene in childcare settings, which advises measures including (but not limited to):

  • Ensuring frequent hand cleaning
  • Promoting good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces, such as: door handles, handrails, tabletops, play equipment, toys and electronic devices (such as phones)
  • Using detergents and bleach when cleaning surfaces, as these will be very effective in getting rid of the virus
  • Ensuring appropriate use of PPE when undertaking personal care or dealing with a child or team member who is showing symptoms

Further information is available in the DfE publication here

What cleaning measures will be in place?
Cleaning surfaces and equipment regularly throughout the day.
How will you ensure the children wash their hands regularly?
Handwashing will be regularly built into the day; children will be expected to wash their hands:

  • Before leaving home
  • On arrival at camp
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks, play and sporting activities
  • Before eating any food

We will talk to the children during Daily Housekeeping to remind them of the importance of hand washing as well the most effective techniques to use.

Will staff wear PPE?
Staff will wear PPE when required.
Will my child have to wear a face covering?
No – current guidance advises that there is no requirement for your child to wear a face covering while in our care.
Do parents/carers need to wear face covering's on drop off and collection?
There is no requirement to wear a face covering when dropping your child at camp, but we would ask you to wear a face covering in communal areas.
What happens if it rains?
Our aim is to be outdoors as much as we possibly can.  If we need to be indoors due to bad weather, we will ensure that any rooms used are well ventilated and give the children reminders about social distancing.
What can my child bring to camp?
We ask that children keep belongings to a minimum, in line with school. Coat, bag, lunchbox and water bottle.

All items need to be packed into one named bag.  It is important that we reduce how many items are brought to camp as this will help us to minimise the risk of transmission.

What happens if my child becomes unwell?
If your child becomes unwell, they will be moved to an area away from the other children and you will be asked to collect them as quickly as possible.  A member of staff will remain with your child and support them until you arrive.  If your child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to self-isolate along with any other members of your household in line with the current government guidance.
What happens if a child or staff member test positive for COVID-19?
Education and childcare settings are no longer required to conduct routine contact tracing. NHS Test and Trace will manage contact tracing and support people to identify close contacts.  If a child or staff member test positive from a lateral flow device (LFD) they and other members of the household should self-isolate and arrange to take a PCR test and continue self-isolating.  If the PCR result is positive, they, other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must continue to self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

Being in an education, activity, or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

Do you have a Covid-19 policy?
Yes – Please follow this link to view our covid-19 policy.

We will also ensure that copies of this policy are onsite at all of our settings.

Do you offer a Holiday Activities and Food camp?
This summer we are running a HAF (Holidays, Activities and Food ) Programme to offer free holiday camp places for children who are entitled to free school meals. We are running at Balfour, Stanford, Manor Field and Harlands. We will be providing healthy snacks and lunch and a variety of activities to support physical and emotional wellbeing. Please contact enquiries@pioneerchildcare.co.uk to find out more.

Here is the HAF website for more information on the programme https://haf2021.org/