SUMMER I S c oming, school will soon be over and then comes the challenge of occupying your children for endless weeks. Fine if you’re off on a sixweek cruise, but back in the real world there are days and days of nothingness on the horizon and stressed, possibly working parents wondering how to fill them. Day camps are the answer. Trust me, I have two children of my own, and I know.
If you are working, then a local camp with long hours would be the best solution. Camp Beaumont operates at 12 locations in London and the Home Counties, as well as — new this year — one in Northumberland.
Children can be dropped off from 8.30am and collected by 5.30pm (camp activities run from 9.30am to 4.30pm). For an additional cost, your child can stay from 8am to 6pm. To make life even easier, transport is available.
Twenty-six years of experience has allowed Beaumont to develop the perfect formula for a happy, productive summer break — a roster of exciting, ever-changing activities, within a safe, fully-equipped environment, organised by expert, fun-loving staff.
Parents are kept in touch from the moment of booking until the end of the camp. Beforehand, they receive a welcome pack with pre-camp information — and once the camp has started, children come home each day with a copy of their activity programme.
As well as having fun and extending their skills, children are encouraged to eat healthily and exercise regularly, as part of Beaumont’s “Camp Kids = Healthy Kids” campaign.
Camps are split into different age groups, with appropriate staff, activities and equipment. The “Playtime” group, for three- and four-year-olds, is managed by nursery leaders with NNEB qualifications. These camps have short sessions of lively play, interspersed with more restful moments, when the little ones are engaged in quieter projects. The varied pace keeps the children’s enthusiasm alive. There is the option of half-day sessions for this age group.
“Multi-Activity Magic” is for the five-
Oxford participants work together on themed activities
Refreshments in the ‘Bedouin tent’ at last year’s Oxford event