Funfishers afterschool and holiday staff are trained in playwork at levels 2, 3, 4.
Within the setting we follow the Playwork Principles which were established for the professional and ethical framework for playwork, they describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people.
Principles are based on the recognition that children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities:
1. All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities.
2. Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.
3. The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the development of play policy, strategy, training and education.
4. For playworkers, the play process takes precedence and playworkers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult led agendas.
5. The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.
6. The playworker's response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice.
7. Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people’s play on the playworker.
8. Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All playworker intervention must balance risk with the developmental benefit and well being of children.
If you want to make new friends come to Funfishers!
· a large variety of paints, glue, paper, clay, modroc, junk modelling, beads, fabrics in our art and craft area
· wide range of different types of bricks, blocks, and other construction materials for budding builders and engineers
· a large playground well equipped with rugby, football, netball, basketball, tennis/badminton nets, obstacle course
· Mud kitchen, den building materials, and bug kits to explore the outdoor environment around us. Including a microscopes, bug-busting kits, binoculars, magnifying glasses, bug reference books
· Allotment with a vegetable plot and flower garden where children can grow and care for fruit and vegetables which they then prepare, cook and eat. Large open field for sports games and activities
· wide variety of board games, table top games and free standing games such as air hockey and snooker
· a quiet room with a TV for 'cinema' afternoons, Wii machine and a well stocked reading and reference area, sensory den for a more calmer time to your day
· additional computer, games consoles, remote control cars and robots
· an extensive dressing up and role play area
Play and Participation
Play is initiated from the interests of the children supported by enthusiastic and experienced staff. We work flexibly so that if the children want to go outside to explore or to stay in a draw and paint then we support this. Children are given opportunities to play with ideas in different situations with a wide variety of resources.
Our holiday clubs are:
· Open every weekday 8am to 6pm (Apart from Bank holidays)
· Open to Children aged 2-11
· Run by qualified staff
· Full and half day sessions available
· Prices inclusive of snacks morning and afternoon (packed lunch is needed if here over lunch time) Booking forms are available by contacting the club via email or telephone.