Here at Blaydon Youth and Community Centre we provide a welcoming, family friendly and more importantly FUN After School Club for children aged 3 to 11 years old.
Our qualified and experienced childcare staff pick up children in our mini-buses from three local primary schools; Blaydon West, St Joseph’s and St Mary and St Thomas Acquinas. We’ve worked closely with all three primary schools to arrange pick ups that are safe and quick for the children in the current COVID pandemic.
Once back at the Youth Centre we make use of all of the available space, the older children usually go through to our ‘Social Area’ while the younger group use or Play Room. Staff provide a variety of activities and free play options for the children while we cook them a light tea.
After School Club runs from 3pm – 6pm and costs £10 per session, this covers the cost of transport and a light snack for children.
Food and nutrition
The children are provided with water, milk and juice throughout the session. There is also a variety of fresh fruit available.
Each night we cook a light tea or snack, the children have helped us develop the dishes we offer their favourites are; spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, sausage and mash, beans on toast, chicken noodles, fish fingers or chicken nuggets and chips, vegetable and tomato soup, bagels and crumpets with a variety of toppings, wraps with a variety of fillings, pitta or wrap pizza’s and more.
We’ve got great facilities here at Blaydon Youth Centre which means there are plenty of spaces and activities to suit all ages.
Every night the children have access to the main Play Room, our Social Area and our Outdoor Play Area.
In the Play Room the children have access to the following toys and activities; construction, small world, imaginary play, sensory play, arts and crafts, music and books, board games, jigsaws and puzzles.
In the Social Area the children have access to computers, air hockey, a pool table, arts and crafts, board games, card games, puzzles and books. There’s also a TV so after a hard day at school they can relax and watch TV together for a short time.
In the Outdoor Play Area children have access to; a climbing frame and slide, a den, a large sandpit with a variety of digging and construction toys, a mud kitchen, our camper van and a variety of outdoor toys such as bikes, balls, quoits, beanbags and more!
Throughout the week After School Club also has the opportunity to use the Sports Hall , Sports Field and our new Outdoor Classroom!
In the Sports Hall we have soft play and sports equipment and play a lot of group games – usually ones that involve a lot of running around!! The Sports Field is also used for playing sports and group games.
In our new Outdoor Classroom the children have the opportunity to help us plant and grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and more. This is a place where they can get close to nature and explore the animals and insects that live in the area, summer and spring is a great time for frog hunting!
We are hoping to start running a Forest School in our Outdoor Classroom from 2021 – watch this space for future news on this!