Derby Adult Learning Service piloted a free summer programme during the school holidays for younger children between 3-12 and children with additional needs, as part of the new ABL plan for 2019-22. The activities took advantage of the space at St Martin’s Methodist Church and recognising that summer holidays can be an expensive time, free lunches were also on offer at the Chatterbox Café for all children that took part.
The activities included, messy play, pottery and story sacks for the younger ones and the chance to try out musical instruments and explore storytelling with some inspiring teachers for older children. There were also practical sessions in Makaton and First Aid and lots of opportunities for children and families to learn together.
The sessions attracted over 80 children from the local area and feedback from parents and their children was very positive, with those attending saying how much they enjoyed the activities and the relaxed environment at St Martin’s. One parent commented: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for us all and being able to eat for free afterwards was wonderful. School holidays can be very expensive, so this was especially welcome. Thanks’ents and
The summer programme was put together after consultation with parents and carers in the Allenton Big Local area and on the basis of the successful pilot, Derby Adult Learning Service will be offering more activities during the half-term holidays and next summer. Taking note of initial feedback, future sessions will be designed so that children of different ages can do activities together and parents encouraged to join in where they wish. We are, however, keen to encourage even more families to attend and would welcome your ideas on what other things you think your children would enjoy. If you would like to find out more or offer some suggestions, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org